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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Update with Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Lotso Bear, Lightning McQueen From Cars 2 and More – Photos & Video

Hi everyone!

We visited Epcot yesterday to participate in one of their hands-on seminars that are now held daily through the end of the Flower and Garden Festival. On the way in, we finally saw Lotso Huggin’ Bear, who was absent at the beginning of the Festival (below left and right, with the Tronorail in the background).

Lotso Huggin’ Bear definitely adds a lot to the topiary display (below, left), it felt a little empty before he arrived. The entrance plaza now smells of strawberries, there are nozzles that spray a strong strawberry smell (below, right).

Narration has been added to the Winnie the Pooh topiary display (below left and right), in front of each character. These topiaries are promoting the upcoming Winnie the Pooh film!

Lightning McQueen now stands at the entrance to World Showcase (below left and right) to promote Cars 2. Mater has yet to arrive, hopefully he’ll be joining Lightning McQueen soon!

The Lightning McQueen topiary is nicely detailed (below, left), with both real looking and topiary tires (depending on which side you look on). The beautiful view through the archway of Spaceship Earth is back as well (below, right).

Vertical plant walls create the different country flags (below, left). Each has a sign to talk about it’s role in the movie Cars 2 (below, right).

The sand sculpture to promote the upcoming DisneyNature Earth Day film African Cats is now fully realized (below left and right). It took the sculptors a number of days, and it was worth the wait!

Video – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Update with Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Lotso and Lightning McQueen 3/13/11 – More has been added to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, including the Lotso topiary and Lightning McQueen! Words have also been added to the Winnie the Pooh topiary area.

We attended our first hands-on seminar at the Festival Garden Center (the former Wonders of Life building) for 2011. They are now held every day at 11am and 2pm, it’s good to get there at least an hour early. From Monday-Thursday, only 30 guests are able to participate hands-on in each seminar. During the weekends, that number jumps to 74. There are new, permanent stages that HGTV had built (below, left). We received our free recyclable Flower and Garden Festival tote bag as we entered (below, right).

Scott Hulett (below, left) is one of the garden experts at Walt Disney World, he was one of two hosts at the seminar. He also gave us some great gardening tips! And I did mention it was hands-on! Pots were handed out, as well as paint to create a design on our pot. And they even threw in a pack of seeds to use later!

The Epcot Flower Power concert series (below, left) entered it’s second weekend with shows by The Guess Who (below, right).

New lead singer Derek Sharp (below, left) was added in 2008. The band had a great time on stage, playing off each other during the show (below, right).

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

All-New Release New Liberty Square Classics DVD

Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2010:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2010.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 09, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Holiday Treat 2010 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2010 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2010)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2010 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, “Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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More Halloween Fun (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’s 2003 – 2010 Available)

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 7 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Alice & Mad Hatters Treat Party, TheHeadless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010:

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Jeff Lange brings the grandeur of Spectromagic, the brilliance of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the dazzling display of the Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show to your door with Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010.

Featurers: SpectroMagic (Final showing of the season 06/05/10), Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show (Premiere 06/06/10), Main Street Electrical Parade (Premiere 06/06/10) plus, BONUS: “Top of the World” Fireworks Viewing (2010)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Vintage Disney-MGM Studios:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Disney-MGM Studios Classics – Vol 1

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the early years of the Disney-MGM Studios. This first volume in a series features the following vintage footage:

Studios Entrance Scenes (1989-1992), Here Come The Muppets (1991), Soundstage Restaurant (1992), The Studio Showcase (1992), Star Today Ceremony (1992), The Great Movie Ride (1991) and more!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disney-MGM Studios Parade Classics – 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition DVD

Wishes Fireworks – All Versions!

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Wishes DVD

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience the best of all the “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectaculars!

Features: Wishes – A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Holiday Wishes – Celebrate The Spirit of the Season plus Bonus: Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks!

Running Time: 61 Min

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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