Here’s how I started my morning…I got a text from a friend telling me that something crazy was happening…a bunch of World Showcase acts were being removed. You know, those fantastic performers that you see around the promenade. I thought…no way. This has to be one of those off-the-wall rumors…it can’t be true. And then I got on Twitter…and I kept seeing the rumors with more fervor. It can’t be…
Well, now, it is official. Four different acts that perform around Epcot’s World Showcase – Off Kilter, MO’ROCKIN, the World Showcase Players, and the Spirit of America Fife & Drums Corps - will give their final performances at the end of September.
The first to leave will be the World Showcase Players. The last performance date for this comedic troupe found in the United Kingdom Pavilion will be on Thursday, September 25. They performed skits, oftentimes enlisting audience members to be a part of the fun.
Off Kilter, an extremely popular bag-pipe playing, kilt wearing, Celtic rock band that performs at the Canada Pavilion, will have its last performance on Saturday, September 27. Also ending on September 27 will be MO’ROCKIN, a musical act found in the Moroccan Pavilion, and the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps, a patriotic colonial marching band that performs outside of the American Adventure Pavilion.
With the departure of these acts, some new acts will be replacing them. They include a traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco, a lumberjack-inspired show in Canada, a Celtic folk music ensemble at the United Kingdom Pavilion, and in the Italy Pavilion will be a new group featuring flag-waving performers, who will replace an act that closed earlier this year, the Ziti Sisters.
The new World Showcase experiences are expected to debut in the following months. I’ll keep you up to date as more information is released.
Which performers will you miss the most, and which ones are you looking forward to seeing?