This weekend, I was walking around Epcot and was able to catch one of the first shows of the all new Canadian Lumberjacks Show located on the Mill Stage at the Canada Pavilion. The new live entertainment offering lasts for about 15 minutes or so, and while I was there for what’s still considered to be a preview, the show seems to be what we all suspected it would be: a traditional log competition show.
The show started with introductions; there are two teams, a red team and a blue team, and, yes, they are wearing flannel indicating who’s who.
The show starts with axe throwing, where the participants take a large axe and throw it at a target, getting points based on how close they get it to the bulls-eye.
The next competition involves traditional log sawing with hand-held cross-cut saws. The winner is whomever finishes first.
The third event is called hot-saw racing, and it involves chainsaws. Keep in mind these chainsaws are extremely loud, so if you’ve got those with sensitive ears in your group, make sure they cover their ears or bring ear plugs.
The final event is the underhand chop, where they chop a piece of wood in half by standing on the log and swinging the axe in between their legs. Wood flies everywhere during this event, and while they do keep guests pretty far away from the stage for safety, just be aware that chunks of wood could potentially fly pretty darn far.
The host tries to keep things light with jokes, and he also does explain what is going on, teaching guests about the different techniques being displayed. I did learn a thing or two about sawing; however, I will say the show overall was just ok. I am not someone who is bitter about Off Kilter going away, and I really did give this show a full chance, so that is not clouding my assessment of the show. During the show I caught, it was clear that there were still some kinks being worked out, and I could see nerves were playing a part, too. The guys who put on this show are clearly trying, working hard to perform the different acts that are a part of the competition, and they are likely well aware that quite a few guests are not going to like them clearly based on principle, so for that I give them credit for the valiant effort that they are putting forth. But, honestly, this is a show that I think most guests will catch as they are walking past and not something that I think guests will make an effort to see (unless they really like lumberjack shows).
Do keep in mind that for the next week or so, this show is in soft-opening mode, so things may change a bit as we move forward.