With the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicking off on March 7, I paid a visit to the Festival Center in Future World to catch a glimpse of some new merchandise we have created for the annual event. The Festival Center, located between the Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy attractions, is home to a variety of seminars, demonstrations and an extensive merchandise location. I spoke with Bob Holden from Disney Design Group about the main artwork that features Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as topiaries.
“For this year’s assortment, we used artwork provided by our Disney marketing team,” explained Bob. “My role was to apply that artwork to a variety of apparel items, mugs, key chains and more. I like how the artwork relates to things that guests will see at the event such as the topiaries.”
The topiary theme continues with this year’s signature poster designed by long time Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble. I love the colors used in this print (and the happy sun makes me smile).
There will also be a variety of items to decorate your own garden including my favorite Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as garden gnomes (now if I only had a green thumb).
Here are a few more favorite items from this year’s event. The Festival Center will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through May 20, 2012.