It’s truly the end of an era — the last day for Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth was just announced during a Disney Parks Blog live stream of the long-time laser and fireworks show.
Along with announcing the end of IllumiNations, Disney also revealed the start date of its limited-time replacement show, “Epcot Forever”!
“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” will end its 20-year run on September 30, 2019.
The new nighttime spectacular “Epcot Forever” will debut the very next night, on October 1, 2019, on World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. The new show will be “a celebration of the past, present and future of Epcot, built around the magical soundtrack guests have come to know and love at the park.”
In a behind-the-scenes interview that preceded the live stream of IllumiNations, Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, said that just like IllumiNations “Epcot Forever” will feature fireworks, lighting, and lasers. BUT it will also have choreographed, special effects KITES, which will be lit up, and much, much more.
The show’s soundtrack will include all-new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes — familiar songs from the earliest days of Epcot, from attractions and other shows.
“Epcot Forever” will continue into 2020. It will in turn by replaced by an all-new nighttime spectacular that will debut as part of Epcot’s big, multi-year transformation, which is currently underway.
Here’s a short video on the new “Epcot Forever” show:
Are you looking forward to this new nighttime show? And how much will you miss IllumiNations? Do you plan to be there to say a fond farewell on September 30? Let us know in the comments!
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