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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 8, 2015

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms Again

This week, we kicked off the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival by highlighting some of the featured experiences and sharing what you can expect to see this year, including a closer look at our spectacular Anna and Elsa topiaries.

You can find the Anna and Elsa topiaries at World Showcase Plaza and other Disney-themed topiaries in other locations at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Check out Victoria’s original story to learn more about the new specialty gardens, our Outdoor Kitchens, the Garden Rock concert series and more.

Fly Over California with Soarin' at Epcot Toy Story Mania! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Also, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first to learn that we’re expanding Soarin’ in Epcot and Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We are adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania. We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience.

The expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016.

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

Surprise Appearances and More at Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Royal Celebration at the Disneyland Resort – Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Disneyland Resort for our Disney’s “Cinderella” Royal Celebration. Click through for photos, video and more details!

Sneak Peek: New Novelty Items to Celebrate Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – The countdown to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is on! Take a look at the new artwork coming to special 60th anniversary popcorn buckets and hot mugs for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

‘Decades’ Art Debuts for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Beginning this May, and over the course of the entire Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we will take a look back at milestones during each of the last six decades that have made the Disneyland Resort what it is today, with this special ‘Decades’ collection.

Today in Disney History: Indiana Jones Adventure Opens at Disneyland Park, 1995 – On March 3, 1995, Disneyland park guests began exploring the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Indiana Jones Adventure. To celebrate this anniversary, let’s do a little Disney Parks Blog archeology and look back at some of the stories we’ve shared from this favorite attraction.

New Disney Side App Transforms You Into Disney Parks Characters – Our newest app, Show Your Disney Side, is now available for download and we think it’s going to be one of your favorites!

PHOTOS – Merchandise Blooms at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015 – Here’s an update on some additional products created especially for this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.