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Description And Comments

Epcot Forever is a jukebox musical for fans of classic Epcot, with music clips representing the park's attractions from the years 1982 - 2005. Like most Disney nighttime shows, the soundtrack is combined with fireworks and other visual effects, all staged above Epcot's World Showcase lagoon.

If you have fond memories of this era of Epcot attractions, Epcot Forever is a mostly pleasant trip back in time. The soundtrack includes samples of everything from the original Epcot entrance music, Spaceship Earth's Tomorrow's Child, and the Tapestry of Nations parade. On the other hand, first-time Epcot guests might wonder what the song "Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit" has to do with anything they saw in today's Epcot. (There's enough of a connection to the Living with the Land boat ride to make sense, although that's not where the song originated.)

The music is accompanied by a good selection of colorful fireworks and lasers. A new visual effect uses illuminated kites, pulled by jet skis around the lagoon, to enhance the show. The kites change colors as the music changes, and even spout fireworks at one point. If you're looking at online video of the show, note that this effect looks much better in person.

The show has its faults: The use of child narrators infantilizes Epcot's original purpose of celebrating imagination, enterprise, science, and technology. And the inclusion of "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin is the kind of corporate shilling that the original Epcot Center specifically resisted. Still, as a temporary show, and one that's replacing the classic IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, we think Epcot Forever's visual effects alone make the show worth staying for.

Touring Tips

The show doesn't have a water-based focal component, like IllumiNations' floating globe, so all of the visual elements appear in the sky. That means there are more good viewing areas around World Showcase lagoon.

The best viewing spots are in the FastPass viewing area (where Future World meets World Showcase), between Canada and France, including the bridge from the U.K. to France, Italy, Germany, China, and Mexico.

If you're going to exit Epcot through the International Gateway, stand on the bridge between France and the U.K., and walk directly to the exit as soon as the show ends. If you'e not close to the International Gateway, consider a slow walk around World Showcase lagoon to let crowds disperse, before attempting to exit.

Lines build quickly after the show at the Disney Skyliner's International Gateway station. Expect waits of 10 to 40 minutes to board, depending on the time of year you're visiting. If you're staying at an Epcot resort, you'll save time by either walking or taking one of the Friendship boats to your hotel.

Special Comments

  • This attraction may be frightening for children.

The ironically-named Epcot Forever nighttime show is a one-year placeholder, through September 2020, while a permanent show named HarmonioUS is being developed.

The fireworks may frighten small children.

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