Disney fans got a surprise this morning when the Disney Parks Blog announced that several long-running entertainment acts will be leaving Epcot at the end of September.
Celtic-rock band Off Kilter, Moroccan rock band Mo'Rockin', and the traditional music troupe Spirit of America fife and drum corps are all ending their performances at Epcot. Their last day is reportedly September 27th, 2014. The World Showcase Players, a comedic acting troupe, will reportedly put on final performances at the United Kingdom pavilion on September 25th.
New entertainment is in the works, according to the blog announcement, including more traditional cultural offerings such as Berber music and dancing in Morocco with B’net Houariyat. There will be Celtic folk music for the United Kingdom with the Scottish Musical Trio. Italy, which bid farewell to their in-house entertainment with the departure of its comedy group The Ziti Sisters in February, will offer a new show with flag choreography, Sbandieratori Flags. For Canada, the new entertainment will be a "thrill show": the Canadian Lumberjack Show.
These new acts will be rolled out through the fall. No dates have been released yet.
Not ready to give up on the long-time Epcot bands as they depart World Showcase? Off Kilter has had a large and loyal following in the seventeen years they've been regularly performing at Epcot. Luckily, they've kept busy recording albums in all these years. Fans of Off Kilter's fusion of bagpipes, whistles, and rock n' roll guitar can still buy CDs at their website, offkilter.net.
Mo'Rockin', who blend world music and modern rock, also have a CD available through Amazon.
For more information and the official announcement from Disney, visit The Disney Parks Blog.