Arrival at Epcot today is at 7:48 a.m. and the way through the Amaze parking lot to the entrance seems very congested.
Several familiar topiary figures gather around the maypole to welcome us to the first day of the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Caution: some of the flowers have thorny leaves.
The opening procedure in effect today has us being admitted through the tapstiles at 8:20, then held behind a rope just after the fountain and before Spaceship Earth until 8:45.
“Attention time travelers! The rotating platform and your time machine vehicle are moving at equal speed.”
“Like a grand and miraculous spaceship…”
In the late sixties scene, the family is raptly glued to a television set that isn’t turned on. So they miss out completely on Walter Cronkite and the first landing of men on the moon. Just as I miss the opportunity to photograph it.
Topiary Stitch waves at guests outside MouseGear.
The Festival Center will be open today through Sunday the 5th. For the remainder of the Festival, it will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Will Goofy dash right on by, or will he turn right up the path?
The padding on the interior of the former Wonders of Life Pavilion has seen cleaner days.
The usual shop and exhibits are here. Today I’m too early to enjoy my Martini Prosecco at the Intermissions Café.
Back outside the Center, topiary Donald and Pluto gaze at the Universe of Energy and Spaceship Earth.
Buzz Lightyear greets potential astronauts in training out in front of Mission Space, aka The Ride I Will Probably Never Experience.
A MouseGear window. And a gentle reminder: You must be this cheerful to enjoy Walt Disney World.
The Bloomin’ Banks of Future World, on the Journey into Imagination side.
Same blooms, looking back toward Innoventions and the Butterflies To Go tent, to be visited on a later date.
Once again I spot a guest photographing ground-level topiaries in the UK, and ask if she also got a shot of Peter Pan. “No, where is he?” she asks.
“Look up and look around,” I reply. Ha ha ha ha ha.
Tinker Bell is present on said ground level (she was installed next to Butterflies To Go in previous years) but Hook and Tick Tock are absent.
Taking a break from Epcot in the Yacht Club lobby.
So far my efforts to purloin this lamp have been unsuccessful.
View from the Beach Club beach on the way back to Epcot.
Taking the French approach.
Cogsworth and Lumière.
Beast ‘n’ Belle.
Items I need for my home.
That cool morning feeling is long gone at 12:18 p.m. in Japan.
I scurry through the garden to the Kabuki Café for my Rainbow Kakigori.
I slowly consume my fruit-flavored shaved ice and recharge my phone in the air conditioning of the Liberty Inn next to the American Adventure. Wherefrom I proceed to Italy.
Where Tramp and Lady are apparently expecting a telefonata.
In Germany we have more from the Flowers in the Foreground Department.
Spectacular orchids of Mexico.
¡Saludos, amigos! Panchito, Donald, and José Carioca.
Okay, now I am perspiring profusely. This does not feel like the early March in Florida to which I am accustomed. Gonna swerve to the right and head to the exit.
I don’t care what Instaweather may think it “feels like.” I say it feels like the mid-90s. (And that’s definitely what it does feel like inside my car when I get into it.)