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IllumiNations was a fireworks show at Epcot. It debuted in 1988, replacing Laserphonic Fantasy, and ran until 1996, when it was replaced by IllumiNations 25, which in turn was succeeded by IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Counting all versions put together, the legacy of IllumiNations lasted for 31 years, with the conclusion of Reflections of Earth coming on September 30, 2019.

Program

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The score to IllumiNations consisted of selections of classical music from around the world arranged by Steve Skorija and performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Opening

  • "The Festival of Festivals" - Original theme by Don Dorsey

First Movement

  • Symphony #5, Movement #1 - Beethoven
  • Flight of the Bumblebee, from "Tale of the Tsar Sultan" - Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Zampa Overture, First Theme - Louis Herold
  • Italian Concerto, Movement #3, First Theme - J.S. Bach
  • William Tell Overture, Second Theme - Gioacchina Rossini

Second Movement

The second movement takes a trip around World Showcase with a song highlighting each pavilion with them lighting up as their song played. Morocco was omitted due to respect for the pavilion's religious architecture.

  • Scheherezade - Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
  • La Vie Parisienne - Offenbach (France)
  • Days of Emancipation - Unknown (China)
  • Rule Britannia - Wagner (United Kingdom)
  • Tales of the Vienna Woods - Strauss (Germany)
  • Sakura - Unknown (Japan)
  • Espana Cani - Marquina (Mexico)
  • French Canadian Jig - Traditional (Canada)
  • Funiculi, Funicula - Denza (Italy)
  • Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin (United States)
  • Custom Segue

Third Movement

  • Carnival Overture, Opus 92, First Theme - Antonin Dvorak
  • March of the Toreadors, from the opera "Carmen," Prelude to Act 1 - Georges Bizet
  • Alla Hornpipe, from the Water Music Suite, Movement #13 - George Fredrick Handel
  • Titan Symphony, Symphony #1 in D Major, Movement #1 - Gustav Mahler
  • Symphony #9 "Choral," Movement #4, "Ode to Joy" - Beethoven
  • Prelude to Act 3, "Lohengrin" - Richard Wagner
  • Firebird Suite, finale - Igor Stravinsky
  • Great Gate of Kiev, from "Pictures at an Exhibition" - Modest Mussorgsky
  • Promenade, from "Pictures at an Exhibition" - Modest Mussorgsky
  • 1812 Festival Overture, Second Theme - Peter Ilyich Tschaikovsky

Technical statistics

The hardware utilized to perform the show consisted of

  • 25 computers
  • 13 special effects projectors
  • 6 lasers
  • 11 searchlights
  • 12 huge wire mesh screens to project effects onto
  • 108 fountains
  • 783 pyrotechnic pieces
  • 550 theatrical lights
  • 680 strobe lights
  • 5 miles of building outlining lights
  • 50,000 light bulbs[1]

References

  1. https://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/illuminations.htm


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