This year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will have two more weekends and 13 bands in the lineup for its Garden Rocks concert series of classic rock and pop acts.
Running March 2 through May 30, the festival will extend from 75 days to 90 days this year, and bring a range of Disney characters in topiary form as well as new outdoor kitchens and festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade.
Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, will make their topiary debut in the park's front-entrance garden. And a new play garden will use xylophones, drums and chimes in the new Harmony Gardens play area featuring a "leader-of-the-band" Mickey Mouse topiary.
Each weekend will feature gardening seminars, as well as dozens of 8-foot "flower towers" and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World lakes alone, and more than 200 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
The festival's musical lineup includes Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice (Spinning Wheel), Bad Company's former lead singer Brian Howe (Can't Get Enough) and Night Ranger (Sister Christian). Performances are at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday to Sunday.
Here's the lineup:
March 4-6: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
March 11-13: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
March 18-20: Little River Band
March 25-27: Village People
April 1-3: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
April 8-10: The Guess Who
April 15-17: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
April 22-24: Brian Howe
April 29-May 1: Georgia Satellites
May 6-8: Gin Blossoms
May 13-15: Darlene Love
May 20-22: Night Ranger
May 27-30: The Spinners
The festival is included with park admission, $97 at disneyworld.disney.go.com.
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