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Epcot adds weekends, announces concerts for Flower & Garden Festival

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year is March 2 through May 30. (Times files)

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year is March 2 through May 30. (Times files)

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.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Epcot adds weekends, announces concerts for Flower & Garden Festival 02/10/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:32pm]
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