Walt Disney World is continuously making changes. Some are good, like replacing Snow White’s Scary Adventures with the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train. Some are open for debate like replacing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. There are some changes we hope for: replacing Stitch’s Great Excape and Captain Eo. And, there are the ones that just stink. Canceling the World Showcase Players at the UK pavilion at Epcot late last year is one of the latter.
The World Showcase Players were improv-comedy, street performers who would perform classic skits such as “Arthur’s Quest for the Holy Grail,” “Romeo and Edna,” and “A Christmas Carol.” Every show was different as audience members were pulled into the show. We are WDW street show connoisseurs. We will spend a full day at Epcot or Hollywood Studios just watching the street performers. The World Showcase Players were reliably funny. It was our favorite street show, not only at Epcot, but in all of WDW.
Since the first time we saw them, we would catch at least one performance every trip to WDW. Roly would always get a “front rope” seat. Perdita and I would sit on the curb. We would groan aloud at bad jokes, yell “Long Live the King,” “Rubbish,” and “Free Beer,” laugh out loud, and be thoroughly entertained.
Five acts were canceled from the Epcot World Showcase: Ziti Sisters (Italy), Mo’ Rockin’ (Morocco), Off Kilter (Canada), Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps (USA), and the World Showcase Players (UK). Four new acts have taken their place: B’net Houwariyate (Berber music and dance in Morocco), Canadian Lumberjack Show, Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro (flag performance in Italy), and the Paul McKenna Band (Celtic music in UK). The acts sound interesting. I hope they are good and will see them at some point. We opted not to catch any of the Epcot shows on our last visit.
In conclusion, how do we feel about Disney’s decision to cancel the World Showcase Players?
Below is a recording of their final show from WDW News Today. Enjoy.