The popular nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will be ending its nearly 20-year run next year at Epcot. After the summer of 2019 the show will close permanently to make way for a new show around World Showcase Lagoon. The new show is planned to debut immediately following the closure of IllumiNations.
The current IllumiNations show opened as part of the park’s Millennium celebration in October of 1999 and features music, fireworks, fire torches, laser effects and a 350,000-pound Earth globe, which was the first spherical video display ever created. The new show will debut as part of a large transformation going on at the Epcot park which also includes a new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille ride, space-themed restaurant and more. Learn more about this classic show’s closing and its replacement below, and stay tuned for more theme park news and updates.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which is currently planned to run to the end of summer 2019, has entertained millions of guests since it debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. During the coming year, guests will have plenty of time to experience the nighttime spectacular again and again as excitement builds for what’s next. The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is already busy creating new thrills to debut immediately following the conclusion of IllumiNations, continuing the tradition of nightly entertainment on the World Showcase Lagoon.
Epcot is undergoing a multi-year transformation, with new experiences that will excite guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park. As part of this exciting evolution, the all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular joins several previously announced experiences coming to Epcot, including the highly anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy” roller coaster attraction in Future World, a “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction in World Showcase, a new table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE in Future World and much more.
IllumiNations will be ending at the end of summer 2019, but there’s still time to catch the show one more time! You can request a free quote from Elizabeth at Destinations in Florida for help booking your Disney World vacation including Dining Packages, on-site hotel and discount tickets.
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