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Cars play area by Mater Topiary at Flower and Garden FestivalWalt Disney World ® is bringing to life popular Disney/Pixar movies and characters like never before, via topiaries during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! One topiary that’s getting lots of attention this year is the life-size topiary of Mater the tow truck from the Disney/Pixar hit film “Cars 2.” Situated in the Radiator Springs garden, next to the incredible tow truck topiary, children can test out their driving skills on fake vehicles throughout the garden.

Walt Disney World ® has brought Radiator Springs to life with over-the-top topiaries and interactive exhibits for guests of all ages to enjoy. Mater is joined by a life-size Lightning McQueen topiary as well as plenty of auto-related items like hubcaps that line the fence and more. Aside from getting behind the wheel and learning how to drive, kids can also help Mater find missing car parts that have been strewn about the gardens.  

In addition to giant topiaries from “Cars 2” the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features your other favorite Disney/Pixar movies and characters in flower form including the not-so-scary monsters Mike and Sulley from “Monsters Inc.” in the incredibly detailed Monsters University display. If your kids are fans of Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb you can solve a mystery with the two topiaries located behind Spaceship Earth.

This year’s festival even features a garden in tribute to Disney’s ® newest movie “Oz the Great and Powerful” with the Land of Oz area. This gorgeous garden offers more than just flowers. Guests can take a trip to Oz and experience unusual flowers inspired by the film as well as a circus-themed area with red and white tents filled with midway-like games and photo ops. There is also the wizard’s crashed hot air balloon and a large children’s play area the kids are sure to love.

And what’s a Walt Disney World ® event without Mickey Mouse? The Flower & Garden Festival’s central topiary includes Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy and Goofy enjoying a cookout amongst a bed of vibrant flowers. The 14-foot-tall Goofy is holding an anniversary cake in celebration of the festival’s 20th year.

For the chance to speed into Radiator Springs and hang out with Mater the Tow truck and Lightning McQueen and other Disney/Pixar ® characters look for discounted Walt Disney World ® tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through May 19.