Mississauga’s action movie star Simu Liu is going to Disney World

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Published October 14, 2022 at 10:26 am

Shang−Chi star Simu Liu

Simu Liu is going to Disney World.

The 33-year-old Mississauga native and Hollywood action movie star has just been booked to take part in an annual Christmas tradition at the iconic theme park and entertainment resort located near Orlando, Florida.

Liu, star of Marvel’s 2021 mega-hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is one of the celebrity narrators taking part in the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional. 

Each night from late November through the end of December, a celebrity narrator, accompanied by an orchestra and choir, tells the story of Christmas for huge audiences.

Liu will narrate the Candlelight Processional on Nov. 25 and 26.

If his recent Twitter post is any indication, he’s excited to be taking part in the event–to say the least.

“Oh my God! I’m going to Disney World!” Liu tweeted, the actual tweet composed in all capital letters.

Celebrity narrators will perform three shows nightly–at 5:15, 7 and 8:30 p.m.–at the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT.

Among the other celebrities who’ll perform as narrators are Edward James Olmos, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Neil Patrick Harris, Cal Ripken Jr., Mariska Hargitay, Marie Osmond and Angela Bassett.

Liu’s inclusion in the Disney World show is just the latest in a series of honours and accomplishments that have come his way in the past year or so.

Most recently, he made a dramatic final-round comeback on Sept. 25 on Celebrity Jeopardy as the popular TV show returned for another season.

Trailing throughout the evening, Liu bet his entire amount of $11,600 in final Jeopardy and came up big to defeat comedian Andy Richter, who had led all the way heading into the final round.

Liu won $23,200 for his charity of choice, Stop AAPI Hate, which seeks to reduce hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities.

With the victory, the Mississauga movie star advanced to the semi-finals to be aired this Sunday (Oct. 16).

Away from the Celebrity Jeopardy studio, Liu has chalked up plenty of other recent success stories.

Some four months ago, he took to social media to let people know he’s part of a popular annual feature on the cover of TIME magazine this year.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe star, who last December won a pair of People’s Choice awards and hosted an episode of the iconic Saturday Night Live in New York City, was chosen one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2022.

Earlier this year, and just over a month removed from his well-received, playful onstage performance as one of the presenters at the Oscars in Los Angeles in late March, Liu hosted the Juno Awards, Canada’s biggest celebration of homegrown music, in mid-May.

The Mississauga native has also released his first book and learned last December that a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in the works.

Liu, former star of CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, received largely positive reviews for his charmingly “Canadian” onstage performance as one of the presenters at the Oscars on March 27.

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