IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
As day turned into night, we made our way back to Epcot to grab a spot to watch the nighttime show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth which is full of fireworks, lazers, water fountains, fire, and music.
This spectacular display takes place on World Showcase Lagoon, and can be viewed from all around the water.
I’ve written about IllumiNations several times in previous trip reports, so I won’t go into great depth here, just share the photos I took.
Sadly, this would be the last time we would ever see IllumiNations because it ended on September 30, 2019 after 20 years! It was a much beloved show, but I can’t wait for the new nighttime show called Harmonious which should be debuting very soon (at the time of writing, 2021).
We managed to find a spot, and if you can’t tell by my photo below, I was FREEZING! I couldn’t believe how drastically the temperatures could change at this time of year – so pack for summer and winter if you visit in February/March time.
Steve ventured off to grab us a couple of hot chocolates to keep us warm while we waited for IllumiNations to begin.
The show begins with the introduction spoken by Jim Cummings (who is Winnie the Pooh’s voice, among many others!):
“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”.
You hear the sound of a flame being blown out and all of the torches around the Lagoon go out and everything goes dark – ready for the show to begin! It’s was truly magical!
You can read a full run down of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth over on Wikipedia, and I will leave you with my final photos…
And that’s it for day 12 of Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019! Tomorrow we are back at the Flower and Garden Festival during the day, and head over to Hollywood Studios for the Star Wars fireworks in the evening.
Read about the day after:
Day 13: Un Poco Loco! « Coming Soon
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival; Hollywood Studios; Dinner from Dockside Diner
Read about the day before:
Day 11 – Last Resort!
Shopping at Super Target; Lunch at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory; Check-in: Disney’s BoardWalk Villas; Epcot World Showcase; Dinner from BoardWalk To-Go Kiosk
More Disney Trip Reports
- Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019
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- Christmas at Disneyland Paris 2015
- Halloween in The Wilderness 2015
- Dine Around Disney 2014
- Back To The Magic 2013
- The First Time 2011
- Disneyland Paris 2010
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