One of the fun things to do at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival each year is to check out the Disney-created topiaries. These are truly living works of art, each unique, living, and beautiful in its own way.

If you’ve seen Disney’s topiaries before, you know they are amazing. Just imagine how much artistic skill, how much patience, and how many green thumbs must go into creating each topiary.

However, things are different for 2014. Be prepared to be amazed anew.

This year, all the details – especially the faces – will not be made of exclusively of live greenery. That’s OK. After all, this isn’t the Tournament of Roses parade, which is strict rules that every square inch of exposed surface on the floats in the parade must be covered with either natural materials or flowers. Disney is allowed to mix it up. And I think it is pretty cool that they did.

New Topiary Look for 2014

Check out the new look of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs topiaries this year. Yes, they are still covered with plenty of live plant material, but the faces are amazing! They look like animated or computer-generated drawings that have come to life!

The details in the topiary are amazing.

The details in the topiary are amazing.

They are in basically the same location as last year.

They are in basically the same location as last year.

Doesn't Dopey always make you smile?

Doesn’t Dopey always make you smile?

Sneezy with Spaceship Earth in the background.

Sneezy with Spaceship Earth in the background.

Gotta love Bashful!

Gotta love Bashful!

This one makes me tired.

This one makes me tired.

Aren't these topiaries great?

Aren’t these topiaries great?

Comparing to 2013 Topiaries

Now, let’s compare the look of the new 2014 topiaries to the old look from 2013:

It is hard to make out the details of Snow White's face in 2013.

It is hard to make out the details of Snow White’s face in 2013.

You could definitely tell this was Sneezy.

You could definitely tell this was Sneezy.

Dopey looks good when made from any material.

Dopey looks good when made from any material.

My Verdict: 2014 Wins

I really appreciated the look in 2013. I liked that everything in the topiary seemed, by and large, to be made from natural materials – including the face.

However, it was definitely more of a challenge for Disney to get facial details and a facial expression using plant material last year. Now, the faces seem much more “life-like” (if I can be so bold as to refer to the face of an animated dwarf to be “life-like”.)

Do you like the new look of the Epcot topiaries?