It's no secret that Epcot is looking to pump up the level of characters in the World Showcase. Just last year, a new Beauty and the Beast sing-along attraction was announced for the France pavilion, which will play in addition to the Impressiones de France film and will likely debut sometime this year. And of course, there's the 2020 debut of “A Celebration of Disney Music,” which is a new nighttime entertainment offering replacing IllumiNations that aims to show how Disney music inspires people around the globe, and will feature a multitude of characters from Disney movies like Hercules and Moana.
And though we don't have exact dates for the opening of those two new shows, Disney has confirmed that another new show based on a popular animated movie will be coming to the World Showcase in the very near future just in time for the Epcot International Flower and Garden festival to kick off in just a few weeks...
A new, musical Coco show is coming to the Mexico pavilion on March 8
Though rumors last year seemed to hint that Disney was considering overlaying the current Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride attraction with characters and music from the Pixar film Coco, Disney instead refurbished the front gallery of the Mexico pavilion to a Dia de los Muertos exhibit featuring the characters from this movie and allowing guests to learn more about this holiday. And while this exhibit was a smart use of this IP, it looks like the Coco infusion hasn't quite stopped yet.
Beginning on March 6th, a new show will be performed in the outside area of the Mexico Pavilion that will tell the story of Coco in a whole new way. For this new show the Mariachi Cobre group will be joined by a pair of Folklórico (traditional Mexican folk dance) dancers who will perform to the music of the film, pulling everyone into the story of the film. Miguel himself will also appear in the show in the form of a whimsical, hand-crafted puppet who will come to life along with the dancers as the music from the film is performed.