Epcot Forever and unnamed show about "inspiring Disney music" will replace Illuminations

Posted Monday, November 19, 2018 9:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the blog:

Among the announcements were updates on a new nighttime spectacular planned to open at the park in 2020. This new show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.

But before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes. “Epcot Forever” will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 9:20 AM

Ugh... that sounds an awful lot like a jukebox show for 2020. If it is, I'll be super pissed. I can deal with retiring Illuminations, but what made it special all of these years was that it was an extraordinary composition.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 12:07 PM

The original show, the 1993 show, and the current show all had great and original scores. The music tie-ins to the rest of the Millennium Celebration really made the current show stand out because of how it pulled together all the different parts of the theme. It's still surprising how well the show has aged.

"Epcot Forever" sounds like a decent way to bridge the gap between Reflections of Earth and the next permanent show. I'm actually disappointed that I probably won't make it down to see it. I really, really hope the 2020 show is more than just a jukebox with pretty lights. The original music is one of the things that has always set Illuminations apart from the other shows.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 3:26 PM

“Epcot Forever” will begin with a spark of imagination

So... it's a Figment/Eric Idle based show?

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Monday, November 19, 2018 4:04 PM

Tastes like chicken!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:50 AM

UGH. It sounds like yet another creative Disney attraction is being replaced by something from their cartoons. I know these parks were founded on cartoons, but its nice to have other experiences in the parks.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:54 AM

super7* said:

I know these parks were founded on cartoons, but its nice to have other experiences in the parks.

If you've not seen Rivers of Light yet, you might enjoy it.

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Monday, November 26, 2018 8:00 AM

Temporary show will have classic epcot music, sound like the temporary show may be better than the new one.

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Monday, November 26, 2018 12:39 PM

I'm ready to jam out to some Food Rocks

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 11:29 AM

I love Disney and I love Disney characters, but appreciated the way Epcot was the "anti Disney" in Orlando. I suppose that began to change when Nemo was added to the Living Seas (or even Figment?) but it's getting worse and worse.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:04 PM

I was working at Epcot on the 30th anniversary on 10/1/2012. After Illuminations, rather than the usual "good night" music loop, they played music from past attractions and "old Epcot" - it was such a fun blast from the past.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 2:05 PM

They've been playing the "Parade of Nations" music for years now after the show, though in the last year or two they've carried it into the Future World areas, whereas it used to only be around World Showcase.

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