Announced Entertainment Changes for Epcot
So I admit I was angry when I heard the most recent announcement that at the end of the month several of the World Showcase acts in Epcot are going to be replaced. Off Kilter hurt me deeply and the Spirit of America Drum & Fife just baffled me. Mo’Rockin was never quite my thing but I wasn’t pleased when I saw the brief mentions of what replaces it. Absolute rage at first as I mentioned, in particular because I had seen some people on twitter applauding the moves. I felt suddenly like I should cheer about the inevitable destruction of Norway since I could care less. I then realized it was just an anger reaction to enrage some of the people who I felt like were slapping me across the face. Some things can’t be conveyed in 140 characters are less so here I am.
Off Kilter has been performing in the same spot for 17 years and for that I am thankful. After a little time, a little thought, I came to the conclusion I am angry with the moves that Disney made in this case but for a different reason. Why did they let this entertainment option stay there for 17 years? Did they think people would not be attached to something after all that time? If these options were swapped out periodically then nobody would be upset or stunned at the move. If these acts are meant to be temporary, which I have to assume they are, then sign them to 2 or 3 year contracts and let the fans know the length of the contract. None of us will be surprised when it comes to a close and the park can keep evolving and refreshing like it is supposed to. The answer is so simple that I’m sure Disney will not even notice it. Fortunately, I am confident I will not be attached to a lumberjack show when they decide to cut it 17 years from now.
The fife and drum act does still puzzle me as to why they did this. It was brief, beautiful and fit the pavilion like a glove. It also added to the entire story by enjoying this performance before listening to the voices of liberty and proceeding ultimately to the American Adventure. It felt so much a part of the show to me it appears to be one third less than the attraction was. Strange move I thought.
Now for the haters, I did not forget you. The argument that the noise ruined the World Showcase experience is a weak one considering we all know that the ‘Flower Power’ and the ‘Eat to the Beat’ concert series are not going to stop. For the moment it also appears that the British Revolution are safe as well. So while you are enter the World Showcase plaza and you hear Jefferson Airplane blaring across the lagoon like you ultimately will, by all means turn around and walk out if you do not like it. I believe the saying goes; ‘if it’s too loud, you’re too old’. For the record, McKayla was not impressed.