Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – America, Japan, and Morocco

Pixar Characters are out in force in America and Japan.

Woody and Buzz Lightyear are greeting guests to the America Pavilion courtyard

There is a special area to the rear of the America Pavilion. It’s an Alphabet Garden, each letter of the alphabet is represented by a few plants – the goal is

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – Haiti, Germany, and Italy

Haiti (nope, you read that correctly… Haiti isn’t a country around the World Showcase, but they are prominently figured in the large area before Germany)…

This exhibit was more about the culture of Haiti than specifically about "gardens" – prominently featured are a number of rum punches

Germany once again has Snow White and

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – Mexico, Norway, and China

Now, we’ll proceed around World Showcase, starting with Mexico.

This year, instead of the cocktiels seen in recent years, there are numerous displays of orchids…

Orchids have a short bloom-span

nora has never really liked orchids as corsages, but they’re lovely blooming “wild”

This display is located near the Cantina San Angel

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – World Showcase Plaza area

The Disney-Nature film for Earth Day 2012 is Chimpanzees…

For the last few years, there has been a sand sculpture for the Disney Nature movie (this year, we also saw a sand sculpture at Disney's Animal Kingdom)

The detail on these is amazing. Not only that, but we've seen them "redoing" or "refurbishing"

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – Butterflies and the Lagoons

Bambi’s Butterfly House is once again off to your right, around behind Ice Station Cool…

Amazing level of detail from a phone camera!

The butterflies seem more willing to pose in the mornings when things are still quite in their "house" – notice the little lady bug (or as Sandy & Harry call

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – Entrance and Future World

Our Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 posts are going to be “mostly photo posts” – we noted that the Flower & Garden Festival has decreased in recent years. Fewer topiaries, fewer events for Florida residents (weekends only now), general events are nearly non-existent, and fewer Flower Power concerts (weekends only now).

One of our

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Lunch at Brown Derby

We recently found ourselves at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with an appetite – we didn’t want “counter service” and we didn’t want large meals – solution… sharing appetizers from the Hollywood Brown Derby

We arrived around 2:00 without ADRs, and we seated immediately. It was cool & comfortable, not overly noisy either. Nora started with

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