After an amazing 20-year run, Epcot’s “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” will take its final bow on Sept. 30, 2019. A Disney fan-favorite, this show celebrates the creation of Earth, and the spirit of humanity, through a dazzling display of fire, fireworks and a jaw-dropping globe that displays beautiful imagery while peacefully floating across the water. To celebrate this nighttime spectacular’s incredible run, here are a few ways you can celebrate the show and ‘gather round the fire to share the light and share the story, one more time.
Get hyped by listening to the sounds of World Showcase
One of the best parts of “Illuminations” is the soundtrack to the show and the variety of music styles from around the world! I don’t know about you, but I always find myself dancing along to all the different pavilions’ music as I walk around the World Showcase. You can listen to selections from World Showcase and even more iconic Disney Parks music on the Play Disney Parks app! Just download the app, select “Walt Disney World Resort,” tap ‘Epcot’ and then navigate to the “Illuminations” globe in the middle of the lagoon. There, you’ll find the official Disney Parks playlists, including select tunes from World Showcase, streaming on Apple Music® !*
Enjoy dinner at your favorite World Showcase dining location before the show
Dinner and an amazing show. What more could you ask for? Make a night out of your “Illuminations” plans and grab a bite to eat beforehand. The World Showcase offers a variety of delectable dishes – from fish and chips in the England pavilion to Orange Chicken in the China pavilion and so much more, you really can’t go wrong! You could even keep the culinary adventure going with ice cream from the France pavilion or shaved ice from the Japan pavilion. Bon appetit!
Find the perfect spot
The walkway around World Showcase lagoon offers a variety of great viewing locations for the show. Head over with your crew about 30 minutes before showtime to secure your spot. One of my favorite places to experience “Illuminations” is in front of the Germany pavilion (with a giant pretzel, of course!). Another great place to take in the show is on the promenade near the England pavilion. If you’re not able to stake out your top spot however, don’t dismay! The beauty of World Showcase is that every viewing location offers a nice view.
Grab exclusive farewell season merchandise
Take home a tangible memory of the show with special, limited-time “Illuminations” merchandise commemorating the final season. At select merchandise locations in Epcot, you can choose from a variety of special-edition shirts, as well as a fun MagicBand, pin and light-up headband. Each piece pays tribute to the show with depictions of fireworks, lasers, the globe barge and other parts of the nighttime spectacular.
“We go on, to the joy and through the tears, we go on, to discover new frontiers!” Although it’s bittersweet to see “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” go, I can’t wait for “Epcot Forever” – a new fireworks show debuting Oct. 1, 2019 that will celebrate the past, present and future of Epcot. After all, it was Walt’s vision that the parks would continue to evolve and grow over the years, and the new show is sure to be a great addition to the Epcot we know and love!
How are you planning to bid adieu to “Illuminations”? Be sure to share your “Illuminations” snaps on social, and use #DisneyPrograms!