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Topiaries, food, music and more starts March 5 at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

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The Muppets are perennial favorites among both kids and adults, and their fans are in for a treat this year at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Miss Piggy and Kermit will both be on hand in topiary form when the festival kicks off on March 5, 2014.

The duo are just the tip of the leafy green iceberg, as they'll be joined by almost 100 other topiaries representing popular Disney and Pixar characters. Timon is another new addition for 2014, as he'll join Pumbaa at the Outpost between Germany and China in World Showcase. Returning favorites include Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Lady and the Tramp, and of course plenty of princesses.

Donald fans will love the front entrance scene, where the number one duck will be on hand, along with Daisy and Goofy, in a setting with a real waterfall. Stick around after dark, as the topiaries will be enhanced by special lighting once the sun goes down.

This year, the festival will once again feature food. Its dining kiosks were a huge success last year, so in 2014 you'll be able to dine on yummy tidbits like smoked turkey rubs, bacon cupcakes, watermelon salad, and floral-infused lemonade.

You can learn more about how food got integrated into the festival, starting in 2013, by clicking the video at the top of this article.

The Flower Power concert series is back, too. Two new acts are joining the roster: Gary Lewis and the Playboys from March 14 to 16 and The Alan Parsons Live Project May 16 to 18. The Guess Who will open the series from March 7 to 9, and other acts will include Chubby Checker and the Wildcats, the Village People, and Paul Revere and the Raiders.

If you're an HGTV and DIY fan, you'll also see many of your favorite home improvement celebrities in person. Jump to this article for a full list of the free seminars that will go on throughout the festival.

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