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After nearly twenty years, the longest running nighttime spectacular in Walt Disney World has come to an end. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth sang its last tune, spouted off its last firework and the globe spun for the last time at Epcot. It’s the end of an era.
The permanent replacement for IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth is not scheduled to debut until 2020, a temporary show will be inserted immediately following the final night of IllumiNations called “Epcot Forever” that will run through mid-2020. This temporary show will begin on October 1, 2019.
But, this post is all about IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Let’s dive into some facts about the longest runnig nighttime show at the Most Magical Place on Earth.
The show had a soft opening on September 22, 1999
The show officially opened on October 1, 1999
There are five parts to the story behind IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
- Act 1: Chaos
- Act 2: Order
- Act 3: Meaning
- Post Show
This nightime spectacular uses 65 computers in 40 separate locations. The control booth for the entire show is located above the Mexico pavilion.
Kellie Coffey performs the solo “We Go On” during the show. In 2003, Coffey won Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.
750 individual mortar tubes are used during each show for the fireworks.
The cost for the show is $25,000 per night.
There are three times per year when the show is extended.
- There is a special Holiday finale added during the holiday season
- A New Years Eve Countdown that is played on December 31 only
- And a Fourth of July display played only on Indepedence Day
The Holiday finale show as narrated by Walter Cronkite.
The Earth Globe that is moved each day into the center of the lagoon is the first spherical video display system in the word.
The Earth Globe was featured on the History Channel’s show Modern Marvels where it was stated that this piece was one of, if not the most complicated piece of show equipment Disney has created.
The Earth Globe is three stories tall.
The musical score for the show was composed by Gvin Greenaway who also worked on How to Train Your Dragon and The Hunger Games.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be missed but we are looking forward the future and the continuation of Walt’s vision brought to life for “all who come to his happy place…”
We leave you with these words from Walt as we reflect on this truly specactular show and look forward to what is to come to Epcot. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.