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Disney originally announced the creation of a Beauty and the Beast sing-along show for Epcot's France pavilion at the 2018 D23 Expo . At this time, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Bob Chappeck announced that the new film would be shown in addition to the pavilion's current film "Impressions de France". It was further revealed that the new film would be produced by Don Hahn, who produced both the 1994 and 2017 versions of Beauty and the Beast .
When talking about Hahn's involvement, Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald noted:
“Don Hahn actually found some of the original animators. He knew where all the backgrounds were in the Animation Research Library. He knew the animators. He knew the voice talent. Don acting as our producer and director for this film had the connections to bring the original talent together. That’s why I think it looks so seamless, because he’s got a lot of the original talent working on our show. And making it seamless so that you shouldn’t know where original started and where new… you know, that was the goal.” 
On May 13, 2019, Disney announced that Beauty & The Beast Sing-Along would debut at the 2020 Epcot Festival of the Arts along with Awesome Planet, Canada Far and Wide, and Wounderous China . Subsequently, in December of 2019, Disney revealed that the sing-along would feature a new twist, in that it would showcase LeFou as he attempted to play matchmaker for Belle and the Beast . At this time it was also revealed that the film wold be narrated by Angela Lansbury (who voiced Mrs. Potts in the original film) and that the 14 minute film would feature five classic songs.
When discussing the return of Lansbury, Imagineer Marie Colabelli recalled:
“I don’t think that we could believe it. In talking with Don when we were wondering if it would be even possible, he was like ‘The best way to do it is just approach her and see what happens.’ And she was so thrilled and moved and very… this legacy to her is very close to her and so the idea that she would participate in something that we know is a classic within a classic, she was lovely.” 
On January 17, 2020, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along officially opened to guests . Contrary to early reports, the new film did not alternate with Impressions de France. Instead, Beauty and the Beast is typically shown from the time World Showcase opens until about two hours before park close. At this time Impressions de France is shown.
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