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EPCOT Forever

EPCOT Forever

An Attraction in EPCOT

Last updated: December 5, 2023

This attraction's final day of operation was December 4, 2023.
The information below is provided for historical reference.
At a Glance

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 on or 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

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.

Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Location
Duration
14 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Accessibility
  • Frightening

Touring Tips

When To Go
Just before park closing
Early Theme Park Entry?
No
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
No

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 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're 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.

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