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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 9, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returned to the park this week, with new Muppet-themed topiaries, Outdoor Kitchens, and Flower Power concerts.

On opening day, the Disney Parks Blog showed how Kermit and Miss Piggy are appearing in topiary form with a special behind-the-scenes video. Both can be found between the Italy and the Germany pavilions with a display inspired by the new movie Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.”

The Flower Power Concert Series also returned this weekend at Epcot. Upcoming acts include two bands making their debut Flower Power Concert performance: Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”). Performances are included in park admission and take place Friday through Sunday at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

We have more details, including how to find out what’s on the menu in our original post.

The View From the Top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park The View From the Top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

And did you see the latest story in our exclusive “All in the Details” series? We featured some amazing images from the top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The photos are a first look at what the view will be like from atop the newest Disney “mountain.”

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open to guests later this spring. Be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Reopen March 17 at Disneyland Park – It’s back! After upgrading track and extensively restoring the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park will reopen on March 17!

Starbucks to Open March 10 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – A new Starbucks location is opening in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland Resort, conveniently located near the World of Disney Store.

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland – In this week’s “After Dark” photo, we visit Hong Kong Disneyland for the spectacular “Disney in the Stars” fireworks show.

First Look Inside Festival Center for 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Get this exclusive look at the gardening goodies and attire available inside the Festival Center at Epcot!

Under the Sea With Supplied-Air Snorkeling in Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – At Aulani Resort’s Rainbow Reef, you can get up-close to nearly 50 different types of sea life native to Hawai`i!

Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park Named ‘Best Cocktail Bar’ – Nightclub & Bar Media group bestowed this honor upon Carthay Circle Lounge as one of “the best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.”

‘Frozen’ Shines at Oscars, Sisters to Debut in ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Sunday at Magic Kingdom Park – Anna and Elsa will celebrate their Oscars success during this spring parade, starting today, March 9 at Magic Kingdom Park!

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park – Have you braved The Temple of the Forbidden Eye? Learn the story behind this famous attraction at Disneyland park.

Celebrating Life at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon – I runDisney – Watch the story of Dominic Alexander, who recovered from a traumatic injury run along side his brother in a half-marathon.


  • Was Snow White’s Mine Train doing test runs this past week or was I seeing things?

  • Thomas, thanks for making me miss WDW more that I already was! 😉
    Seriously though, thanks for the updates. It feels odd not to be there for the F&GF this year. Hopefully we’ll be back again next year.

  • Hi Thomas,

    Watching these videos and looking through the blog posts is the next best thing to not being at Walt Disney World.

    My absolute favourite is the Muppets topiary section and I am incredulous at the likeness of the characters and how their personalities shine through. I can only imagine how much better they must be up close in person.

    Congratulations to all the imagineers and horticulturalists!

    Best regards,

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