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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 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Flight of the Bumblebee, from "Tale of the Tsar Sultan" - Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Zampa Overture, First Theme - Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold
  • Italian Concerto, Movement #3, First Theme -  Johann Sebastian Bach
  • William Tell Overture, Second Theme - Giachhino 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 (Russia)
  • La Vie Parisienne - Jacques Offenbach (France)
  • Days of Emancipation - Zhu Jian'er (China)
  • Rule Britannia - Thomas Augustine Arne (United Kingdom)
  • Tales of the Vienna Woods - Johann Strauss (Germany)
  • Sakura - Unknown (Japan)
  • Espana Cani - Marquina (Mexico)
  • French Canadian Jig - Traditional (Canada)
  • Funiculi, Funicula - Luigi Denza (Italy)
  • Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin (United States)

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" - Ludwig van 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 - Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky

Technical statistic[]

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[]


v - e - d
New epcot logo
World Celebration
Spaceship EarthImagination! (Journey into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs) • !Celebración Encanto! (Opening on June 10, 2024) • Dreamers Point
World Nature
The Land (Awesome Planet Soarin' Around the WorldLiving with the Land) • The Seas (The Seas with Nemo & FriendsSeaBaseTurtle Talk with CrushMr. Ray's Pop QuizBruce's Shark ChallengeFinding Dory's Friends) • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

Seasonal: Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights

World Discovery
Mission: SPACETest TrackWonders of Xandar (Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind) • PLAY! (Animation Academy (Opening in 2024))
World Showcase
Mexico Pavilion (Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros) • Norway Pavilion (Frozen Ever After) • China Pavilion (Reflections of ChinaWondrous China (Opening in 2024)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Opening in 2024)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club ResortDisney's BoardWalk ResortDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Riviera Resort
Current Entertainment
Luminous: The Symphony of Us
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyJourney Into Imagination (Journey Into ImaginationUpstairs Image WorksMagic JourneysCaptain EO) • Imagination! (Honey, I Shrunk the AudienceCaptain EO TributeJourney Into Your Imagination) • Ellen's Energy AdventureHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of Life (Body WarsCranium CommandGoofy About HealthThe Making of Me) • CommuniCoreThe Land (SymbiosisKitchen KabaretFood RocksCircle of Life: An Environmental Fable) • SplashtacularThe Living SeasInnoventions

World Celebration
Odyssey (The EPCOT Experience Center)
World Showcase
China Pavilion (Wonders of China) • Norway Pavilion (Maelstrom) • Mexico Pavilion (El Rio del Tiempo) • Canada Pavilion (O Canada!) • Epcot ForeverHarmoniousIllumiNationsIllumiNations 25IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthThe Soul of JazzAgent P's World Showcase AdventureKim Possible World Showcase Adventure
Seasonal: Millennium VillageTapestry of Nations

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