There wasn’t a dry eye in the house on Monday when IllumiNations ended its decades-long run, and so expectations were riding high for the debut of Epcot Forever. Epcot Forever has been described as a love letter to the history of Epcot (from its early days at EPCOT Center until now), and it delivers completely on so many levels, and then utterly fails on another. Here’s three things that we love, and one thing we hate, about this new nighttime show.
I have a soft spot for kites, and I love things with LEDs, and I love pyrotechnics — so when you combine them together, it adds a unique effect. Personally, I had expected that we might see drones in this show, but who knows what HarmoniUS will bring in the future. In the meantime, the kites add such a unique twist to the show experience.
Humblebrag time — from my pool, I’ve got front row seats to fireworks at Magic Kingdom. If I go upstairs, I can watch fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios out of the second story window. In theory, I can also see the fireworks from Epcot from that upstairs window, except so much of the pyrotechnics in IllumiNations was at water level. And of course a good portion of the show did not include pyrotechnics as the globe did its wonderful history of everything. But this show has a lot more on the pyrotechnics front. For those who felt IllumiNations was lacking a bit in fireworks, this show is for you.
Arguably, Epcot has had the best musical history of any park at Walt Disney World. Even today, I still know all the words to Listen to the Land and One Little Spark. And while you won’t hear the original versions of these songs in Epcot Forever, so many of the classic Epcot tunes you love are part of this.
Remember back in your college days when you had an entire semester to write a research paper, and you got 90% done. But then it was the night before it was due, and you needed to put that last 10% together. So you just tossed down something — anything — in an attempt to get it finished with the hopes that the professor would pass you on the first 90%. That’s what the ending of Epcot Forever feels like with the inclusion of A Whole New World. Its inclusion was so jarring and made for plenty of audible groans. But the positive side of it is that I don’t think anyone will be heartbroken when it is time to retire Epcot Forever. Maybe that was the plan to begin with?
What are your thoughts on Epcot Forever? Is this a show you can’t wait to see, or are you still in mourning for IllumiNations. Let us know what you think in the comments.