In case you haven't heard, IllumiNations is ending later this year, and Disney announced last year that as soon as this show finishes up its run, Epcot will debut a limited-time nighttime spectacular, called “Epcot Forever,” which will feature classic park themes. This new show is meant to showcase the best of Epcot while celebrating its unique history, all with classic music and advanced pyrotechnics. And earlier this week, Disney shared some new details about this upcoming show!
Epcot Forever will officially begin on October 1, 2019
Though it was previously announced that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth was set to end its 20-year run this fall, we now know that this iconic Disney nighttime spectacular will officially close on September 30 2019. And then directly after the end of this show, Epcot Forever will debut on October 1st, 2019, which seems to suggest that this new show is very far along in development.
Epcot's musical legacy will be the main focus of this new show
Music has always been a big component of the Epcot experience, and this new show aims to showcase the long musical history of this park by incorporating some of the most iconic themes and songs from Epcot's past and present, including the park entrance theme, Living with the Land, Celebrate the Future, One Little Spark, Making Memories, Kitchen Karbaret and Soarin'.
In order to give this new show a cohesive sound, Disney has brought in conductor and composer Don Harper, who has worked on numerous film scores (National Treasure, Armageddon, Twister, among others) as well as the music for Fantasmic! at Tokyo DisneySea and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and will be lending a hand to ensure this new show sounds great.
Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment made the following statement about why this celebration of Epcot music in particular was so important:
Epcot Forever is a celebration of what Epcot has been and what Epcot is going to become. Music is the star of the show, and we use songs going back to the very beginnings of Epcot to music in the park today – from attractions, spectaculars and other shows – and put them into a fireworks spectacular on the lagoon every night. Guests are going to hear music they know and love but in a whole new way.