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Dazzling EPCOT Attraction Scheduled to Close Permanently This Week

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Credit: Becky Burkett

A dazzling, guest-favorite attraction at Disney World’s EPCOT will host guests for the last time this week to make room for a brand-new experience in the park.

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Since 2019, EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort has been undergoing continual changes. New attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Moana: Journey of Water have been added to the park’s extensive list of offerings to guests, each adding to the guest experience at EPCOT.

And the original Future World section of the park has been reimagined to include multiple “neighborhoods,” including World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature. World Showcase retained its name.

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This week, however, EPCOT will bid farewell to one of its younger attractions–the nighttime spectacular, EPCOT Forever.

The nighttime show first debuted at EPCOT on October 1, 2019, as a limited-time offering that showcased pyrotechnic effects, music, special effects kites, lasers, and more, and celebrated the then-37-year history of the music of EPCOT’s attractions, including Journey Into Imagination, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, and others. The show was also created as a celebration of the park’s past, present, and future.

EPCOT Forever was forced to close when Disney World was rendered non-operational in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. It reopened to guests on June 29, 2021, just as Magic Kingdom welcomed the return of the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular.

EPCOT Forever

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In January 2023, Disney World announced the temporary return of the show over World Showcase Lagoon on April 3, 2023, stating that EPCOT Forever would be available through December 4, 2023. When it returned in April, it replaced Harmonious, which began on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Disney World, October 1, 2021.

Since the show debuted at Disney World’s second park, guests have been invited to “witness the wonder as the story of EPCOT and its next incredible chapter come to life in this nighttime spectacular.”

Behold the single “spark of imagination” that started it all. Watch it grow, evolve, and transform into a nighttime extravaganza that stirs the senses and captures all you love about EPCOT and all that’s to come––with dazzling fireworks and stunning laser effects set to tunes that have become theme park favorites.

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“EPCOT Forever”/Credit: D23

EPCOT Forever will be replaced by a new nighttime spectacular, Luminous: The Symphony of Us, a new show that features musical “movements” that represent various shared life experiences among fellow human beings, as well as fountains, lighting effects, and fireworks.

Songs from various Disney films will also be used in the show, including “You’ll Be in My Heart,” ”You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “I See the Light,” “Remember Me,” and “Into the Unknown.” The show will also feature “So Close” from Disney’s Enchanted.

Artwork of fireworks bursting and water splashing near Spaceship Earth

“Luminous: Symphony of Us” at EPCOT/Credit: Disney Parks

EPCOT invites guests to “delight in a dramatic show designed to bring us all together” with Luminous: The Symphony of Us.

Marvel at a dazzling pageant of fireworks, fountains, music and lights set to an original composition. New music, along with evocative selections from the Disney songbook, come together to remind us that we are more alike than we are different.

 

EPCOT’s Luminous: The Symphony of Us will debut on December 5, 2023, at 9:30 p.m., just after the park’s normal operating hours have concluded.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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