This week, spring arrived early at Epcot with the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. We shared some wonderful stories featuring the flowers, the food, and of course, the new merchandise at this year’s celebration. If you missed it, be sure and check out the fun topiary video we launched to kick things off.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which will run through May 19, features more than 100 Disney-themed topiaries, including floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Phineas and Ferb, Lightning McQueen and Mater, among others.

Our most shared story of the week was the announcement that new Disney-inspired handbags and accessories by Vera Bradley will bloom this fall at Disney Parks. Disney Theme Park Merchandise worked closely with Vera Bradley to develop two new patterns that will appear on items this fall. Go check out Steven’s original post for a closer look at the patterns.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Rapunzel and Belle Join the Show at the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park – Meet some of the stars of the new Royal Theatre coming to Fantasy Faire when it opens March 12 at Disneyland park!

First Look: Shanghai Disneyland Model Unveiled – An image of a model of Shanghai Disneyland Park was unveiled this week on the Disney Parks Blog.

Radio Disney Music Awards Show Will Feature Award Inspired by Disney Parks Collectible – Take a peek at the Radio Disney Music Awards Show & see how it will incorporate a favorite Disney collectible.

New Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities in Europe – Looking for a Disney Cruise Line adventure that’s perfect for the whole family? Read about a few new youth excursions for our itineraries in Europe.

Sound the Trumpets! Fairy Tale Treasures Opens March 12 at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park – Does your little one need a Disney Princess dress before visiting the Royal Hall or the Royal Theatre? Fairy Tale Treasures opens March 12 at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland park!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns Today – The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicked off this week! Watch this clip to see how one topiary in particular is having a lot of fun celebrating.

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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