With preparations for the International Flower & Garden Festival 2023 that’s coming to EPCOT starting March 1st, we’ve heard rumblings of some new topiaries coming to the festival, and now Disney has finally taken the wraps off of their newest botanical creations!
Tiana From The Princess And The Frog
Tiana is a strong, independent and hardworking woman from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog”. A young dreamer growing up in New Orleans, she is determined to realize her dreams of owning her own restaurant. With the help of her loyal friends and confidantes, Tiana learns the importance of having faith in herself and embracing life’s obstacles. She eventually makes her dreams become reality by using creativity and courage to get through tough situations. Her uplifting story is sure to inspire viewers of all ages.
Antonio From Encanto
Antonio is the youngest member of The Madrigals, a close-knit, musical family. With a gift for communicating with animals and an ambitious spirit. Antonio quickly forms an unbreakable bond with a fiercely loyal jaguar and a clever toucan, who prove to be valuable allies when the powerful magic of the Madrigal family is threatened.
Disney Imagineers have been working hard on bringing these new designs for the past year. Here’s what they had to say about the design process:
Disney Horticulture and Walt Disney Imagineering worked together to design, build and grow diverse topiary masterpieces, including the debut of fearless Princess Tiana from the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Princess and the Frog,” plus the courageous Madrigal sisters and young Antonio from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning “Encanto.”
This process of pushing boundaries and growing new magic began nearly a year ago. Talented artists developed sketches, Imagineers designed 3D models, skilled welders molded frames, and horticulture specialists chose plant materials. The results are charming, whimsical – and definitely photo-worthy!Disney Parks Blog
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