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    6 Lost Live Shows at Walt Disney World We Wish We Could See One Last Time…

    Recently, it was revealed that after over ten years of entertaining guests at Walt Disney World, “Bandscaping” group Mulch, Sweat and Shears would be leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios forever in October 2015. Though this is certainly a big loss for fans of this long-running group, it’s hardly the first live entertainment loss that we’ve felt at Walt Disney World. 

    Although at least one of these acts left Walt Disney World of their own volition (at least according to the “official” record), most of these acts were unceremoniously kicked out of their home parks, some after performing for one or two decades! Despite protests and cries from fans, here are 6 live acts that left Walt Disney World way too soon…

    1. Off-Kilter

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Off-Kilter, the Celtic rock band that played regularly at the Canadian pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase was unceremoniously dismissed from the park in 2014, much to the disappointment of fans. Though there were protests (guests with “Save Off-Kilter” signs were a fixture in the park during the band’s final weeks), online petitions and plenty of social media posts, Off-Kilter played its last set on September 24, 2014 to hundreds of fans who filled the Canadian pavilion one last time.

    Disney never gave an official reason for getting rid of Off-Kilter, and bizarrely replaced this popular band with a Lumberjack stunt show a few months later that barely attracts a small crowd, even on busy days.   

    2. Push the Talking Trash Can

    Straddling the line between “character” and “entertainer”, Push the Talking Trashcan was definitely a one of a kind part of Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. Push was a fixture of the park for nearly 15 years, and some fans even lobbied to make this robotic trashcan the unofficial mayor of Tomorrowland during its run. This radio-controlled robot may not have been the most technologically complex thing at the Magic Kingdom (it wasn’t hard to spot the person who was really pulling the strings, if you know what we mean…), this little guy’s sparking personality and endless ability to surprise guests made him one of the most charming parts of a Walt Disney World visit. 

    Unfortunately, even though he was incredibly popular, Push was retired forever in February of 2014, again after much fan protest. Though it was unconfirmed, many believe that the removal of Push was due to contract disputes with the company behind the robot refusing to negotiate their licensing fee with Walt Disney World.

    3. The World Showcase Players

    Back in 1982, when Epcot was still EPCOT, The Olde Globe Players were brought in to add a little comedy to the World Showcase. This troupe proved to be quite popular and eventually morphed into the World Showcase Players, who entertained guests in both the UK and Italy pavilions for more than 25 years with the classic tales of Romeo and Edna and the fable of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

    However, even though the history of this group goes back to the very beginnings of EPCOT, Walt Disney World announced that they were dismissing the World Showcase Players permanently in 2014. Many found themselves unprepared for this group’s exit (including the players themselves). You can see this group’s tearful farewell to guests in September 2014 below:

    4.  The British Invasion 

    Though most of the entrants on this list were unceremoniously kicked out by Walt Disney World, tribute band The British Invasion is one that actually left by choice (at least, officially). In a note published to the band’s Facebook page back in 2011, they informed their fans that they had “given notice” to Walt Disney World that they would no longer be playing at the UK pavilion past April 30th, 2011. And sure enough, they performed one last ultra-long goodbye set on that date, playing all the way until Illuminations began to a cheering audience.

    5. Candy Miyuki 

    One of the “best kept secrets” of the Japan pavilion over the years has been the Candy Miyuki show, which was performed daily in front of the Mitsikoshi store at Epcot for over a decade. This show was unique as it featured one of the last remaining Ame Zaiku (Japanese candy art making) artists in the world (it is estimated that there are only about 15 left). The show was very short and featured a few quick demonstrations of Miyuki’s ability to make elaborate animal shapes, many of which were requested by guests, out of heated blobs of corn starch-based candy.

    This show debuted in 1996, but was inexplicably closed in 2013, after running for over 15 years. While it was rumored that the closure was due to Miyuki’s retirement, this was never confirmed, and many still ask about this show to this day.

    6. The Spirit of America: Fife and Drum Corps

    One of the most interesting things about the World Showcase as a whole is how it manages to present both a modern and historical view of its various countries. However, it can be argued that the American pavilion has a little bit more of a historical slant, with the whole area recalling America’s storied past. Though the Voices of Liberty are still the de-facto historical entertainment in this pavilion, nothing recalled the drama and feeling of the revolution quite like The Spirit of America: Fife and Drum Corps, which marched through the America pavilion several times daily. 

    However, even though this live entertainment scored high marks for patriotism, Walt Disney World didn’t think they were worth keeping around, canceling them in fall 2014. You can check out their final performance above. Though no immediate replacement was introduced, The Voices of Liberty now share their time with an a capella group that performs modern pop hits, which might show where Disney is looking to focus their entertainment efforts in the future…

    Though attractions and stage shows are often remembered fondly by guests when they are thinking about bygone experiences at Walt Disney World, street entertainment has always been a big part of the parks over the years, and losing these six entertainers over the years has been pretty tough for fans. Did we miss any of your favorite former entertainers at Walt Disney World? Which one do you miss the most?