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What You Need To Know About Epcot Forever

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Last night Disney fans said good-bye to Epcot’s IllumiNations. Tonight: we say hello to “Epcot Forever” and here’s all the details you need to know about the latest entertainment option at Walt Disney World. 

"Epcot Forever" Nighttime Spectacular

New nighttime spectacular “Epcot Forever” debuts Oct. 1, 2019, above Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show celebrates the past, present and future of the theme park with fireworks, lasers, colorful glowing kites and Epcot music. (David Roark, photographer)

What You Need To Know About Epcot Forever

Being a Walt Disney World local means I get to say good-bye and hello a lot. And I’m not mad about it!

I’ll miss IllumiNations, sure. It was special to me and holds a ton of great memories like the time 47 of my loud New York family members came down to party like it was 1999. We rang in the year 2000 as one big, happy bunch and its a memory I’ll never forget. 

But now it’s time to make new memories, and for the next year, we’re doing that with a limited-time magic show called Epcot Forever. 

What is Epcot Forever?

This is the new night-time spectacular fireworks show running at Epcot. 

Disney says this show will exemplify the park’s founding principles of innovation, exploration, imagination, and celebration. 

Will there be drama? Yes. 

Will there be nostalgia? You bet. 

Will there be tears from those of us who remember old-school Epcot? God, I hope so. 

Why Did They Replace IllumiNations?

Short answer: it was 20-years-old and pretty dated. 

Time to spruce things up and try something new! 

Illuminations at Epcot

When Will Epcot Forever Start?

Tonight! Which is to say Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 

There’s a live-stream from the Disney Parks Blog starting at 9 pm ET if you want to watch. 

When Will Epcot Forever End?

This is one of those limited-time magic kind of deals. It’s basically a placeholder until the new show, “HarmonioUS” is ready to go next year. 

An end date hasn’t been announced but we think it’s going to last about a year. 

flower and garden festival

Richly-hued flowers and floating gardens adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The festival, which runs March 6-June 3, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, gardening seminars and the Garden Rocks concert series – all included in regular Epcot admission. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Will Epcot Forever Happen Every Night?

That is the plan!

Epcot Forever will run every night in the World Showcase Lagoon.

From the Walt Disney World Website:

View the show anywhere throughout Epcot that offers a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon. Since this is an outdoor show, it is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Entertainment is subject to change.

What songs are included in Epcot Forever?

Jane just sent this list over:

  • It opens with Imagination
  • Walt speaks about Epcot (SOB!!!)
  • Horizons
  • Listen to the Land
  • Soarin’
  • Magic Journeys
  • Tomorrow’s Child from American Pavillion
  • Imagination
  • Making Memories
  • Veggie Fruit-Fruit
  • Tapestry of Nations
  • Nod to IllumiNations
  • Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand
  • A Whole New World
Soarin' Around the World at Epcot

The Soarin’ Around the World attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made wonders. Located at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Soarin’ Around the World gives guests a thrilling bird’s-eye view of Earth’s scenic wonders, visiting six continents in all. (Photo composite, Disney)

Does Epcot Forever Have a Dessert Party or Dining Package?

It sure does!

If you want to make sure you get the best spots to watch this show, book an advance reservation for the Epcot Forever Dining Package and have your meal at the Rose & Crown. 

It will cost you $89 per adult and $39 per child under the age of 10 (excluding tip and tax). 

You’ll be able to see the whole show from the comfort of the Rose & Crown patio. 

From Walt Disney World News

Across the canvas of a darkened sky, the new “Epcot Forever” nighttime spectacular debuting today at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the past, present and future of Epcot. The new show is a showcase of soaring fireworks, inspiring music, lasers and colorful glowing kites flying above and around the park’s World Showcase Lagoon.

As the dramatic curtain-closer to each theme park day, the show takes guests on an emotional journey set to stirring renditions of Epcot music that guests will know and love. It will stoke fond memories from the park’s history and spur excitement for the bright future of Epcot – a future filled with new attractions and experiences as part of a multiyear transformation already underway.

“Epcot Forever” exemplifies the park’s founding principles – innovation, exploration, imagination and celebration. Children sing of “one little spark of inspiration” as guests marvel at fireworks that pinwheel, corkscrew and explode in giant aerial starbursts. As colorful pyrotechnics dance across the heavens, the Epcot story plays out to a grand orchestral soundtrack. Noted conductor and composer Don Harper produced new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes to thread through the show.

Future World pavilions past and present inspire familiar themes, building to Epcot’s grandest moments. In one sequence, uplifting music from Soarin’ Around the World cues dazzling LED kites to crisscross the sky in a kaleidoscopic effect. Guests also will recognize cherished music from Epcot spectacles of the past, including the “Tapestry of Nations” parade.

Approaching its dramatic conclusion, the show pivots from the park’s familiar music to a new verse of “One Little Spark” celebrating the future of Epcot yet to come. As the music and fireworks build, “One Little Spark” transitions to a spectacular finale that brightens the sky one last time with fireworks and special effects.

“Epcot Forever” is set to perform into 2020, leading to the park’s next nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS.”

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