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Vintage Walt Disney World: Growing Character at Epcot

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Have you had a chance to visit the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year? The character topiaries throughout Future World and World Showcase are my favorite part. Topiaries have been a part of the Walt Disney World Resort for many years. Below, Goofy and Pluto admire their own topiaries back in 1985.

Goofy Admires His Topiary in 1985 Goofy Admires His Topiary in 1985

Pretty great for 1985, but they pale in comparison to their counterparts of today. Today our horticulture team creates topiaries that are even more advanced and realistic. Here’s a look at the 2013 version of Goofy and Pluto at the festival.
Goofy and Pluto Topiaries at the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year’s festival runs through May 19, so you still have time to see all of the amazing topiaries throughout Epcot.

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  • Today’s topiaries are wonderful creations, but the simplye topiaries (Dumbo and others) which graced the old World Drive approaching the Contemporary Resort will always remain favorites for me.

  • It just keeps getting better.

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