IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is the current fireworks show at Epcot. It debuted in 1999, replacing IllumiNations 25.



Torches are lit around the lagoon. The beginning of the show is narrated by Jim Cummings:[1]

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, there is the sound of a flame being gently blown out, the lighting is immediately dimmed throughout the park, and the show begins.

Act I: Chaos

Chaos represents the creation of the planet Earth. The show begins with explosive fireworks from the center of the lagoon and hot flames from the Inferno Barge.[2][1]

Act II: Order

The spouting flames from the Flame Barge are reduced to a low sputter, and the Earth Globe appears and moves towards the center of the lagoon accompanied with water effects emanating from the fountain barges. As the Earth cools, it changes from hot white to red to blue. With this change of color comes the rise of life with images of animals appearing on the globe. A herd of wild horses transitions into a cave painting from Lascaux, heralding the dawn of humanity with the camera moving through a digital cave out into the world. Images appear on the Globe of countries, famous landmarks, objects, and people showing the rise of civilization and culture. The exterior buildings of the countries around the lagoon are illuminated followed by laser lights, spot lights, and more fireworks in the center lagoon with the globe imagery building to a grand celebration utilizing footage from the Tapestry of Nations parade. Since the buildings of the Morocco Pavilion are replicas of buildings that have great religious significance, the lights on the pavilion do not light up during IllumiNations.[3] In order to keep symmetry, the Norway Pavilion does not light up either. The scene includes high-launch fireworks.

Act III: Meaning

As the song "We Go On" is played, the torches around the lagoon are re-lit and the Earth Globe opens[2] revealing a final unity torch with emanating fireworks followed by a launch of 1,000 white fireworks brightly illuminating the lagoon. The scene concludes with a final launch of fireworks and a set of bright white flashes that end with a loud crackle. The finale crackle emanating from the final launch set of fireworks can often be heard within several miles outside of the park.

Post Show

The show ends with a post-show announcement:[1]

Ladies and gentlemen, the entire Epcot family thanks you for having been with us for 'Illuminations: Reflections of Earth', presented by Siemens. We hope that your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort has been a truly magical experience for you and yours. We wish you a pleasant evening and a safe journey home. Thank you and goodnight.

The song "Promise" plays directly after this, which is then followed by the Tapestry of Nations parade sound track. As the music plays, the continents are laser-projected onto Spaceship Earth, making it appear as a spinning globe.



  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Kaplan
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michele Norfleet, Demand Media. "Information on IllumiNations at Disney".
  3. "Morocco Epcot". AllEars.Net Retrieved on October 8, 2014.

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