The British Invasion - Epcot

Walt Disney World: A new group is replacing the British Invasion. Are they any good?

From Jenny Rees
Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:04 AM
I recently read that "The British Invasion" (the group that plays in the England section of world showcase, Epcot)was ending its run to be replaced by a new group. Has anyone heard them yet? I always enjoyed some chips and a pint whilst listening to the old group in the courtyard. Will it still be the same enjoyable, entertaining experience. I hope so.

From Derek Morse
Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Wow, I hadn't heard that. Like you, I always enjoyed getting a cold beer and some fish and chips and enjoying some old Beatles songs, as well as all the other oldies but goodies they played! I hope they are replaced with a similar group.

From TH Creative
Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM

"The British Invasion act at Epcot will have its last performance today, April 30. Disney have been very quick to replace the band, and a new show will debut at the UK Pavilion on May 3 2011. The new group will play music from Dave Clark Five, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Who."

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM
About bloody time! I'm so bored of hearing Beatles tunes, it's always the same everytime. We do produce other good music as well you know, that has been released, ooh I don't know, in the last decade or two perhaps. I think it's a shame Disney don't aim to showcase any recent sensations that are rocking Britain... Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons...

I understand that guests get great enjoyment from hearing familiar and well-loved songs, but integration with new music would I'm sure thrill and impress; Britain has a unique rock/pop culture (look at Glastonbury Festival) that entertains through the generations. You only have to glance at mine and my dad's music collections to see how similar our tastes are! And this is common with family members.

EPCOT is all about connecting with current and future social trends...I think it should 'get with the programme' (including updating certain promotional tourists films in the likes of Norway...).

Whilst the new EPCOT band might still be playing songs from classic artists, at least there will be more variation. And I am really happy and excited about it...I can't wait to hear how this new group does! Regular Disney visitors please keep us posted!

From Rob P
Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:14 AM
I take Lauren's point about the band's playlist at EPCOT's UK exhibit being entrenched in the 60's.

But I think what they try to do is offer a sound that's broad spectrum and identifies Britain with people from all around the Globe visiting EPCOT. The new band , with another twee name , "The English Channel", have taken up residence and have, at least, introduced some more recent songs to their set. Albeit only as recent as the 70's !.

Still. All in all these bands make a good fist of it and they tap into that swinging 60's scene much like the Austin Powers' movies did. It's fun and toe -tapping. Not everyone's cup of tea, granted, but this is EPCOT not Filmore East.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 9, 2011 at 4:04 AM
How strange to name a cover band after a muddy waterway! Well I'm sure it won't dirty their performance (bah-dum ting)

You're right Rob, it is important to play songs that everybody knows and can enjoy and be nostalgic. I'm really glad they're playing artists as well as the Beatles too. I reckon they'll draw more crowds. I hope Disney promotes them widely - I always thought the bandstand area was quite out of the way and easy to miss.

Has anyone heard them yet?

From Rob P
Posted May 9, 2011 at 6:38 AM
Lauren......take a look here to see/hear them. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good they are. They have goes at Led Zep, The Clash, The Who and Queen which aren't at all bad efforts. Well done them....but change the name please. -: )

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