PHOTOS - EPCOT main entrance topiary arrive as part of the Flower and Garden Festival

Mar 02, 2021 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT main entrance topiary - March 2021

Topiary displays are now in place at EPCOT'S main entrance as part of the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival.

Three of the main entrance planters are decorated with topiary.

Mickey Mouse himself takes the center position in a scene from the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

The area now takes on a look close to what we saw in the concept art for the park's new entrance back in early 2019.

The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival west underway tomorrow and runs through July 5 2021. Check back tomorrow for a full tour of this year's festival.

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Article Posted: Mar 02, 2021 / 10:57am ET
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artvandelay2 hours ago

Sad, but true.

HauntedPirate4 hours ago

Aka. Recent college graduate and junior programming intern. What could go wrong??

MisterPenguin5 hours ago

If they can communicate with one another in a neural net, then the time will come when they fly off with SSE to establish their own robotic colony on the moon.

artvandelay14 hours ago

I would think these are reprogrammable. These lights should be networked to a lighting console. A lighting designer and a programmer will create multiple looks that can be changed with a couple of keystrokes. It should be simple.

RSoxNo117 hours ago

They're called pew pews.

Father Robinson20 hours ago

As much as I feel projection is totally overused, this is one case where I feel (since it's supposedly permanent) it could've definitely benefited from projection mapping. For one, just the installation of these little dudes is ridiculously laborious. And when one goes out does that ruin the effect all around it? I for one am a Disney purist. I don't like them messing with things like the exterior of SSE. I know a lot of you have said you need to be really close to see them..not if you know they're there, then they become obvious quick. I don't want SSE looking like it's the New Years Eve ball. Keep it as is and project your light show on it. And is this light effect programmable or once it's programmed that's it? Just my opinion. Again, this is coming from a Disney purist for things like park icons. And also, these are NOT "seamless".

Horizons11 day ago


CastAStone1 day ago

A fun thing about opinions is that we get to have different ones. I think these are unsightly and that the Harmonous barges will probably look fine and perhaps even pleasant once switched on. The consensus opinion here is the opposite on both counts. Oh well sometimes we disagree, but don’t presume to tell me what I should or shouldn’t get annoyed about. It’s my damn opinions.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

There is a lot... *a lot*... of infrastructure that one can see by getting up close to stuff. Get up close to a copse of bushes and trees? One gets to see speakers, pipes, access hatches galore. It's not just a nice bit of landscaping. Every bit of lighting looks like... light installations... when seen up close. This isn't an argument for sloppy or lazy attempts to hide infrastructure that fails obviously. But if anyone wants to find fault because they can see light fixtures by getting up real close to them, then they will be continually disappointed. I'd hate to point out to them the joints in the concrete walkways...

The Rocketeer1 day ago

I know they might look more obvious if they're placed on the bottom, but so far this actually doesn't look bad. I can't wait to see them at night. Going in about 10 days, I'm excited to see the new entrance in person!

BasiltheBatLord1 day ago

Guys. Deep breaths. This is really not something worth getting annoyed about.

jt041 day ago

If they were there from day 1 and they removed them people would say SSE looks like Swiss cheese. I think the look cool. Almost like back in the day they knew there would be programmable lights they could control by computer in the future and they left cut outs for them. Probably Joe's idea.

GrandCanyonConcourse1 day ago


CastAStone1 day ago

(I know)