Disney shares sneak peek at new Epcot nighttime show

Walt Disney World's latest nighttime show, Epcot Forever, now has a starting date and a few newly shared details.

The show, which begins Oct. 1, is the latest homage to the iconic theme park that celebrates various cultures of the world. The new show will have similar elements seen in previous shows such as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show, which runs until the debut of Epcot Forever.

"Epcot Forever is a celebration of what Epcot has been and is going to become. We are using some of the greatest aspects of the park over its past 30 plus years, especially the music," said Alan Bruun, Epcot Forever show director with Disney Parks Live Entertainment, via a preview video.

The new show will introduce new elements such as special effect kites that light up in the sky, fireworks and many other aspects that make nighttime shows a must-see for guests.

Disney previously described Epcot Forever as a limited-time experience with a new show debuting in 2020.

This is one of many new attractions in the works at Epcot, including Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at the France pavilion and a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride in Future World.

In February, Disney announced it also will spruce up the entrance to Epcot, as well as redevelop the Wonders of Life pavilion into a new "Play Pavilion." Those additions also are toying with the same 50th anniversary timeline. Renderings provided by Disney showed a dome-like projection attraction also could be at play for the new Play Pavilion.

Disney’s Orlando theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios — welcomed nearly 56 million guests through their turnstiles in 2017, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the region’s tourism market share.

Disney also owns two area water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, as well as several themed hotels, golf courses, a camping resort, timeshare properties, a residential community called Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Disney Springs retail, dining and entertainment complex.

Orlando's $70 billion tourism industry welcomes 72 million annual visitors to the region.

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A new night-time display is being planned called Epcot Forever.