Theme Park Bits: Epcot Forever, Adventureland Sign Going Away, and More

/Film | 4/15/2019 | Josh Spiegel
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

Epcot’s new nighttime spectacular has an arrival date.

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The Adventureland entrance at Disneyland may be replaced for crowd control.

A new restaurant is coming to Universal Studios CityWalk.

And more!

As you may already know, Epcot’s current nighttime show, the wonderful IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, is going away this year for good. Now, we know exactly when it’s leaving and when its replacement arrives. On September 30, IllumiNations will perform its last show at the World Showcase Lagoon; the very next day, a new show, entitled Epcot Forever, steps into its place. Epcot Forever is, to note, a limited-time show with songs that “paint a picture of the park” along with lasers, lights, fireworks, and more. Hopefully, Epcot Forever is a worthy replacement, though why make it limited time? If people like the show, it could easily be the new IllumiNations, running for years on end.

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Talking about things go away, let’s talk about something both esoteric and kind of heartbreaking. First reported on Twitter by Disney fan and theme-park videographer Matthew Gottula, Disney has filed a permit to demolish the current Adventureland entrance marquee as part of the Project Stardust campaign to improve crowd flow and control as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this summer. On one hand, anyone who’s traveled to Disneyland in the last few years knows that a major point of crowd congestion is the Adventureland entry point. Trying to improve that is a fine, understandable choice. But doing so by gutting something that’s been around since the park opened is a sad decision. The personality and style of the marquee — yes, it’s just a marquee, but still — is going to be missed.

Staying in Disneyland, let’s talk about something a little bit more expected, and a little bit less depressing. As of right...
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