Farewell IllumiNations ~ Hello Epcot Forever!

multi-colored lasers light up the water in Epcot
Artist Concept Only – By: Disney Destinations

Change is never easy and saying goodbye is always hard, especially for us Disney fans. Ending our Epcot nights by watching “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” has always been a “must do” in my family.  I’m dating myself, but I think I secretly cried back when the Tapestry of Nations parade (later re-themed as Tapestry of Dreams) ended too. I will certainly miss IllumiNations as well; its message about unity, humanity, and the achievements of our time is so beautifully woven into a remarkable story, complete with an amazing soundtrack. What’s not to love?!

As torches are lit around the lagoon the show begins with this narration by Jim Cummings.

“Good evening. On behalf of Walt Disney World, the place where dreams come true, we welcome all of you to Epcot and World Showcase. We’re gathered here tonight around the fire as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us… to share the light… and to share a story. An amazing story as old as time itself, but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. We hope you enjoy our story tonight: Reflections of Earth”.

Immediately after this, the sound of a flame is blown out, the park darkens, and the show begins. It gives me goosies just thinking about it!

Later this year, however, it will be time to say farewell to this old staple as “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will grow dark after September 30, 2019. With a dazzling 20-year run, perhaps it’s time for something new?

Debuting in it’s place is a new show “Epcot Forever”, and it promises to take us down memory lane on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot. Disney Parks Live Entertainment says they are busy getting “Epcot Forever” ready for it’s opening day on Oct. 1, 2019. The show’s Director, Alan Bruun, recently shared some details about the concept behind it:

“Epcot Forever is a celebration of what Epcot has been and of what Epcot is going to become. And we’re using some of the greatest aspects of the park over its past 30 plus years, especially the music.”

The team is collaborating with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who adds “I think the music is the heart of the show, it’s the vehicle that tells the story;  it brings everything to life.

The all-new, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed special effects, plus new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes will paint a colorful picture of the park’s past as well as all of the magical possibilities to come. Take a sneak peek!

Epcot Forever” will continue into 2020, when a new epic nighttime extravaganza will make its debut.

Stay tuned in the months ahead for more on both of these shows and all the other new experiences on the way. And if you’d like to gather around World Showcase Lagoon this summer to enjoy “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” one last time or see the all new, breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks in the new nighttime spectacular, #NowMoreThanEver it’s a great time to visit and become part of the park’s unprecedented, multi-year transformation. Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional for a free, no-obligation quote or to book!


Author: Administrator

Robin is the owner of Vacations with Character®. She is now in her 11th year of planning vacations to Disney and Universal destinations as well as other cruise and all-inclusive vacation experiences. She leads an amazing team of 23 Travel Professionals. Believing in the power of "we" over "me", she credits teamwork to the overall success of the agency.