Kingdom Hearts III may not be arriving until next year, but you won’t have to wait that long to dive back into Disney and Square Enix’s magically mixed-up world, which makes perfect sense of the game series' delightful pairing of Final Fantasy with Neverland and tons of other iconic Disney locations.
For its latest orchestral extravaganza, Square Enix is taking Kingdom Hearts on the road once again for a summer-ending tour set to hit 12 North American cities, as well as stops in Europe and Asia. The 2018 Kingdom Hearts Orchestra – World Tour expands on last year’s 15th anniversary tour in anticipation of the new game’s upcoming release, promising a lavish audio-visual journey through the series’ magical settings.
Via IGN, the tour matches live performances of Yoko Shimomura’s classic KH themes with a matching video and light show that revisits a curated selection of the fanciful Disney places that Sora, Donald, and Goofy have explored in past games. Shimomura herself is overseeing the musical arrangements, while KH III director (and Square Enix royalty) Tetsuya Nomura is coordinating the concert program.
In addition to familiar fan favorites, the lineup also includes a trio of “newly orchestrated tracks: "Dearly Beloved (KHχ Back Cover Ver)," "Traverse Town," and "Kingdom Hearts III Toy Story Medley,” IGN reports. Fans lucky enough to hold VIP tickets for the shows in Honolulu, Milan, Munich, and Seoul also will have a chance to score an aftershow meet-and-greet with Shimomura.
Kicking off in Chicago in mid-July, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra – World Tour 2018 weaves its way through a dozen stops in the U.S. before taking things overseas. Check out the tour’s official page for details on each concert stop (some are already sold out), and then get ready to settle in for the home stretch of what’s been a long, long wait: Kingdom Hearts III finally hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Jan. 25 of next year.