By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
1:07 PM EST, November 26, 2012
Disney World has released details about its upcoming Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which will feature topiaries and other attractions based on "Phineas & Ferb," "Monsters University," "Cars 2," "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and more. The 20th annual festival, which runs March 6 to May 19, will add special food kiosks in World Showcase and add the Village People to its Flower Power concert series for the first time.
The front-gate topiary will have a cookout theme with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and a 14-foot tall Goofy with an anniversary cake. Some topiaries and gardens will get a new prime-time, after-dark enhancement called Illuminated Gardens.
A "Radiator Springs" interactive play zone that will include Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries will be set up near Test Track. Floral likenesses of Mike and Sully of "Monsters Inc." fame will be set up in Future World, a tied to the film "Monsters University," set to debut in June. The Land of Oz play area will include Oz's crashed hot-air balloon and plants inspired by the Oz movie, which opens in March. Phineas and Ferb will be installed behind Spaceship Earth.
Epcot chefs are preparing exclusive menu items to be sold at stops around World Showcase. The items were not announced.
HGTV personalities again will host seminars on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the event. First up with be Chris Lambton of "Going Yard."
The lineup for the Flower Power concert series includes Micky Dolenz (March 6-10), Chubby Checker and the Wildcats (March 15-17), The Guess Who (March 22-24), Nelson (March 29-31), The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddy (April 5-7), Paul Revere & the Raiders (April 12-14), Village People (April 19-21), The Orchestra (former members of ELO and ELO II on April 26-28), first-time Flower Power performer Tommy Roe (May 3-5), Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone (May 10-12) and Starship starring Mickey Thomas (May 17-19).
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