Illuminations: Reflections of Earth | Disney World

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Disney World)

“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” was a nighttime spectacular that was presented at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. It was one of the park’s iconic and long-running fireworks shows, enchanting guests with its spectacular pyrotechnics, water fountains, music, and storytelling.

“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” made its debut on October 1, 1999, as part of the celebration for Epcot’s Millennium Celebration. The show took place on the World Showcase Lagoon, which served as a stunning backdrop for the dazzling display.

The show was a celebration of humanity, diversity, and the shared spirit of the people of the world. It incorporated various cultural elements, including music, imagery, and messages of unity, to tell a touching and inspiring story about our planet and its people.

The centerpiece of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” was a massive globe known as “Earth Globe.” The globe floated on the lagoon’s water and served as a projection surface for stunning visuals, showcasing the world’s continents, landmarks, and diverse cultures. The globe was surrounded by fiery pyrotechnics and dancing water fountains, all synchronized to a powerful and moving musical score.

Throughout its run, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” became a fan-favorite, drawing crowds of visitors who marveled at the show’s beauty, message, and emotional impact. It was beloved for its grand scale, technological achievements, and the sense of unity it conveyed to audiences of all ages.

After almost two decades of captivating audiences, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” had its final performance on September 30, 2019, marking the end of an era for Epcot’s nighttime entertainment.

Following the conclusion of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” Epcot introduced a new nighttime spectacular called “Epcot Forever.”

While “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” is no longer running, its legacy lives on in the hearts of Disney fans who cherished the memories of watching this extraordinary show and the powerful messages it conveyed.

Fun Facts

  • The show lasts 13 minutes.
  • The Earth Globe at the center of the show is 28-feet in diameter.
  • There are 180,000 Light Emitting Diodes on the Earth Globe.
  • The island where the Earth Globe sits weight 350 tons and has 258 strobe lights on it.
  • The score for Illuminations was created by British composer Gavin Greenway.
  • The show requires 2,800 shells of fireworks.
  • The show requires 67 computers to control all the various aspects of it.

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