A couple of evenings ago, we started receiving word that Off-Kilter, Mo’Rockin’ and Spirt of America Fife & Drum Corps would be leaving Epcot. It seemed unbelievable at the time, but each message mentioned September 27th as the last day. And the next morning, we saw rumors that the World Showcase Players were also being discontinued, with the last day of September 25th.
It didn’t take long for Disney to post a response on the Disney Parks Blog confirming that all of these acts would be ending next month.
While Off-Kilter was the most surprising cut, all of the acts are mainstays at Epcot. Off-Kilter is a Celtic rock band that has been playing Epcot for about 17 years and is more popular than any other group I can remember in Epcot. We probably stop more for the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps more than any other group, but all are part of each Epcot visit during our walks around World Showcase.
The Disney Parks Blog has announced new acts to take their place. In Morocco, traditional Berber music and a dance troupe will replace Mo’Rockin’. In Italy, there will be flag waving performers. And in Canada, there will be a “thrilling lumberjack-inspired show”. There will also be the addition of a Celtic folk music ensemble in the United Kingdom.
It is a lot of entertainment changes to take in at one time. All of these acts draw crowds. I’m not against change, and I’m glad that there will be other entertainment coming. But it doesn’t make sense to take away groups that have so many fans in World Showcase. Even though I don’t stop often, each minute or two I hear on my way around World Showcase has added up to many hours of enjoyment over the years.
What are your thoughts on the changes?