First (and second) look: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live’ at Epcot

A walk through Epcot these days feels a little … off. The theme park currently is between festivals, so the marketplaces/outdoor kitchens are mostly out of sight. I find myself thinking “Why is there so much elbow room right here? Oh, there’s usually a barbecue pit, right?”

It was surprising to realize we’re a solid two months from the next extended event, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I’m not complaining, honest. I mean, one can’t complain about too many fests then complain when there’s not one running. Anyway, waiting in the Florida heat for food seems like a bad idea during the summer.

A better idea is the new musical offering at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre. Running daily through Aug. 19 is “Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live!” I’m finding that fans of Disney’s “Guardians” movies are enjoying the 20-minute experience, but you need not have seen the big-screen versions to dig it.

The production is fronted by the film’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord character, who talks – but does little if any singing. His mission, of sorts, is to teach more Earth-friendly tunes (and dance moves) to the Xandarian Chamber Orchestra, basically a six-piece alien band. He also interacts with the aggressive and impatient Gamora character.

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