Disney axes popular Epcot entertainment acts
Aside from the obvious attractions, why do people visit Orlando’s theme parks? I go to Magic Kingdom for nostalgia; Universal for Harry Potter; Animal Kingdom for sunstroke; and Hollywood Studios for as little as possible. Until today, I would have said I go to Epcot to drink, and enjoy live entertainment around World Showcase.
Well, I now have a few fewer reasons to visit the world’s most expensive bar complex, as we pour one out for the long-running shows that are apparently leaving the park. Following a flood of social media postings from affected entertainers, theme park websites like WDWMagic and TouringPlans have reported — and the official Disney Parks Blog has now confirmed — that Walt Disney World has decided to cancel several of Epcot’s best-known productions, with their final performances scheduled for late September.
Here’s a breakdown of the shuttering World Showcase shows:
- World Showcase Players (United Kingdom): This interactive improvisational troupe traces its lineage back to the original SAK Comedy group co-founded by Terry Olson, and had performed under various names since shortly after EPCOT Center first opened. Final show 9/25/2014.
- Off Kilter (Canada): A hugely popular band whose kilt-wearing musician played pop and rock tunes with a Celtic twist. Final show 9/27/2014.
- Mo’Rockin (Morocco): Another musical ensemble, this one playing traditional North African songs in a modern style. Final show 9/27/2014.
- Spirit of America (American Adventure): This flag-waving drum and fife corps performed patriotic melodies and Americana folk music. Final show 9/27/2014.
- A traditional Berber music and dance troupe (Morocco)
- A lumberjack-inspired show (Canada)
- A Celtic folk music ensemble (United Kingdom)
- A flag-waving color guard corps (Italy)