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Let’s Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More!

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! petunias and Spaceship Earth

The time has come for a little tour around EPCOT! With one festival wrapping up and another on its way, plus the park’s ongoing construction projects and a new-to-me snack, it’s clearly time to stop and get caught up. Grab a glass of Sparberry (or Beverly if you’re feeling brave), and settle in as you and I take a virtual tour of the park.



Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! EPCOT Leave a Legacy wall

Just outside the park, the Leave a Legacy tiles have remerged in a new format, and if you’d like a closer peek at the display, click here to see pictures and read about the details.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Innoventions West demolition

Inside the park, as soon as we crest the hill just past and to the west of Spaceship Earth, we’re met with the semi-demolished framework of the very last section of Innoventions West. As we know, the future Journey of Water interactive exhibit will be installed near here (close to where the Fountain View Starbucks used to be), and the building, which has been taken down a bit at a time, is very close to being completely removed. It’s hard to look at for us EPCOT fans (I remember the first time I stepped foot into that building as a 10-year-old…sniffle), but progress waits for no one, right? Sigh.



Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Butterfly House under construction

As we make our way around the back of Innoventions West and head toward the World Showcase, we catch our first hint of the next festival: Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. The butterfly enclosure is being constructed in the grassy area between The Land and Imagination pavilions.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Joy and butterfly house

If you’re worried that Joy and Winnie-the-Pooh have been ousted from the area due to the butterflies moving in, fear not. Joy and her furry friend are still delighting guests both young and old throughout the day. The space in which they can frolic is smaller, but they’re making the best of it and are just as charming as always.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! butterfly topiary

Across from the Imagination pavilion, we find the first Flower & Garden topiaries to appear: the butterflies. The topiaries, which feature colorful violas and ornamental cabbage, will welcome festival guests as they make their way to the butterfly house.



Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! flower quilt plants

As we head toward the center of the park, we find that Flower & Garden’s iconic hillside flower quilt is in the process of being planted.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! flower quilt under construction

The festival begins on March 3rd, and planting the annuals now will ensure that everything’s blooming in time for opening day. See how the Mickey on the lefthand side of the picture above is outlined in the soil?



Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Charlie Parker's saxophone

As we make our way around the World Showcase, a stop into the American Adventure reveals that Charlie “Bird” Parker’s rare plastic saxophone has been added to the case that holds Louis Armstrong’s trumpet in the Soul of Jazz exhibit. I’m glad that artifacts are being added to the exhibit, and I’m hoping that this trend continues.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! American Heritage Gallery

If you’re wanting to stop and take a look around in the pavilion’s American Heritage Gallery, all of the amazing Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in Native American Art handiwork items and artifacts are still on display.



I highly recommend adding a bit of time to your EPCOT day in order to stop by the gallery, found to the right as you enter the pavilion’s rotunda.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Kransekake

Of course, it would be a crying shame if you and I didn’t stop and enjoy a snack or two as we make our way around the World Showcase. Yesterday, I stopped into Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion to try their newest treat: the almond-based Kransekake. Click here for my full review of the cake-like cookie. Spoiler alert: yum.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Harmonious barges

As we stop and take one last look at World Showcase Lagoon before leaving the park, we see that a team of cast members is testing the movable arm on one of the Harmonious barges. If you’re wondering if the barges for the park’s upcoming nighttime spectacular are really as big as everyone says, let me assure you that, yes, they truly are. Augh.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! chalk art sign

As you make your way out of (or into) the World Showcase during Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, be sure to stop and take a peek at the masterpieces that have been (or are in the process of being) created by the chalk artists.

The fact that we as guests have the opportunity to watch artists at work during the festival is such a neat thing.

Let's Explore EPCOT: Tiles, Flower & Garden Festival Items, a New Cookie and More! Soul interactive chalk art

And don’t forget that there just might be a bit of chalk art that you can interact with! How much fun is that?!

Thanks so much for taking this virtual walk around EPCOT with me! If you’re wanting to see anything in the park in particular that you didn’t get a peek at in this article, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

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Deni loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!





























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