A SYNCHRONIZED SPECTACLE OF WATER, FIRE, LIGHT, LASER, AND FIREWORKS
SHOW WITH A DRAMATIC MUSICAL SCORE OVER THE LAGOON
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Dancing flames, cascading fountains and eye-popping fireworks synchronized
to a dramatic musical score light the skies and decorate the lagoon of
Epcot's World Showcase during the all-new "IllumiNations: Reflections
"IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" begins with a cosmic event
that leads to a ballet of fire and "chaos" signifying the origins
of the planet. That mayhem transforms into a sea of floating pyrotechnic
stars on World Showcase Lagoon, setting the stage for the appearance of
the show's centerpiece, Earth Globe.
The dramatically spinning Earth Globe, a 28-foot diameter sphere, becomes
a three-story video screen projecting vivid pictorial images that celebrate
both human diversity and the unified spirit of humankind.
Covered with video screens in the shape of the continents, the twinkling,
steel-ribbed Earth Globe rotates on a 350-ton floating island that houses
six computer processors, 258 strobe lights and an infrared guidance system.
Using more than 180,000 Light Emitting Diodes, the electronic pictures
depict primal seas and forest, the development of famous cultural landmarks
and diverse visages of the people around the world.
A dazzling visual mix of leaping fountains of water, fire and fireworks
is choreographed to a symphonic score crafted by British television and
Hollywood motion-picture composer Gavin Greenaway. This powerful composition
blends the melodies and rhythms of many regional cultures with an uplifting,
The inspiring performance concludes with the Earth Globe opening up like
a lotus flower. From its heart emerges a giant fire torch rising 40 feet
into the air. Nineteen additional torches ringing the lagoon combine with
a confetti of fireworks creating color-rich reflections across the rippling
"My goal was to remind people that our home planet is an amazing
place, especially during one of the most unique celebrations in history,"
said Dorsey. "This show weaves the story of our planet, using mystical
elements that signify unity and peace for all humankind."
The 13-minute show requires 67 computers in 40 locations, hundreds of
special lighting fixtures, four fountain barges pumping 5,000 gallons
per minute, a 150,000-pound inferno barge with 37 nozzles shooting propane
flames into the air, and lasers delivering a kaleidoscope of colors.
Some 2,800 shells are exploded during the nightly display -- more than
twice the number used in previous productions. Fireworks are launched
from 750 mortar tubes and 56 firing modules at 34 locations.
"The dawn of the third millennium is an appropriate time to look
back on our origins, heritage and accomplishments, and to contemplate
the course of the future we will build together," said Dorsey. "
'Reflections of Earth,' like Epcot itself, is a celebration of our home
planet, our humanity and our potential."
The Show of the Century: "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth"
is an exhilarating nighttime spectacular filled with music, flames, fireworks
and fountains on and above Epcot World Showcase Lagoon.
A Whole New World: Earth Globe is a 28-foot diameter sphere on World Showcase
Lagoon and the centerpiece of "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth."
Earth Globe is covered with video screens in the shape of the continents,
all of which project vivid images that celebrate both human diversity
and the unified spirit of humankind.
Circle of Light: Earth Globe, the world's first spherical video display
system, is three stories tall and wrapped in more than 180,000 Light-Emitting
Diodes. The gigantic sphere rotates on a 350-ton floating island that
houses six computer processors, 258 strobe lights and an infrared guidance
Music of the Millennium: British television and Hollywood motion-picture
composer Gavin Greenaway created an original symphonic score to accompany
the combination of cascading fountains of water, glowing flames and lively
Double Blast: Some 2,800 shells are used for each show -- more than twice
the number ever used in previous nighttime productions at Epcot.
A World of Color: Sixty-seven computers in 40 locations, hundreds of special
lighting fixtures, four fountain barges pumping 5,000 gallons of water
per minute, a 150,000-pound inferno barge with 37 nozzles to shoot propane
flames skyward, and a full color spectrum of lasers in custom Disney shades
are required to produce the brilliant 13-minute show.
Great Ball of Fire: In the grand finale, the Earth Globe opens up like
a lotus flower as a giant fire torch emerges from the center and rises
40 feet into the air. Nineteen additional torches encircle the lagoon
making a wall of flames that, when combined with the radiant explosion
of fireworks, creates resplendent images across the lagoon.
What is IllumiNations?
IllumiNations is a spectacle combining the elements of fire, water, and
light which takes place nightly around the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot
Center in Walt Disney World, Florida. The show is accompanied by a soundtrack
IllumiNations 2000--Reflections of Earth
For the Millenium Celebration, Epcot is producing a brand new IllumiNations
show that promises to be quite a spectacle. Here is an artist's rendering
of the finale of the new show.
IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth will "soft open" on
September 22, 1999; the present show ended its long run on September 21,
Here's more information about the show:
"IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth" A nighttime spectacular
on and above World Showcase Lagoon.
Earth Globe is the world's first spherical video display system, wrapped
in 15,000 LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes).
2,800 shells for each show - more than twice the number ever used in previous
A fountain barge pumps 5,000 gallons of water per minute.
A 150,000-pound inferno barge uses 37 nozzles to shoot propane flames
A full color spectrum of lasers, including four custom Disney colors (lagoon
blue, mint green, pumpkin orange and lavender).
Walls of flames and a giant torch climb 40 feet above World Showcase Lagoon.
The grand finale to every evening during the 15-month-long celebration
at Epcot is IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth, the most thrilling
and technically complex production ever created for the most popular nighttime
spectacle in Walt Disney World history. The all-new nighttime extravaganza
features fireworks, full-color lasers, lights, water fountains, fire and
Leading the creative team are director Don Dorsey, creator of the original
Main Street Electrical Parade, and fireworks designer Eric Tucker, the
top medal winner for the past three years in the International Fireworks
IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth tells the story of the dawn of
the third millennium, a symbolic time of rebirth, a global turning point
for the human race," says Dorsey. "We're presenting the entire
history of our planet, from the beginning of time to the present, and
looking into the future."
As Tapestry of Nations goes dark, shooting stars streak across the skies
above World Showcase Lagoon, colliding into a ball of fire. Plumes of
fire light the sky in an explosion of sound and light. Steam and smoke
rise, creating a sense of chaos, a sense of the dawning of time.
A single voice becomes a chorus as the show focuses on a giant spinning
globe in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon a spherical video
screen nearly three stories high projecting vivid images that celebrate
human diversity and the unified spirit of mankind. The high-tech sphere
"blossoms" to release a brilliant flaming gas torch which lifts
38 feet into the air in the show's emotional closing, an artistic expression
of mankind's brilliant future as the music soars, lasers shoot skyward,
fireworks illuminate the skies and flames leap across the surface of the
As the final chord fades, a massive explosion of sound and colors is united,
a symbol of oneness in today's world as we move forward into a new millennium.
The Most Recent Show
The show was called IllumiNations 25, in honor of Walt Disney World's
25th anniversary. Since then, it's simply been called IllumiNations. IllumiNations
25 has actually had two soundtracks. The soundtrack was modified after
Walt Disney World received numerous complaints about the perceived weaknesses
in the IllumiNations 25 soundtrack which premiered in October of 1996.
Walt Disney World began the performances with the new soundtrack in May
of 1997. It is expected that this soundtrack will continue to be used
until January 31, 1998, when the original soundtrack will be restored.
The entire revised soundtrack to IllumiNations 25 is available from Amazon.com
on the Official Album of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Amazon.com
sells this CD at a discount!
What are the musical selections that make up the original soundtrack?
The following selections are heard in the "IllumiNations" nighttime
spectacular. They are listed in order of composer and do not necessarily
represent the order of presentation.
Italian Concerto, Movement #3, first theme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Symphony #5, Movement #1, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Zampa Overture, first theme, by Louis Herold
"Flight of the Bumblebee" from Tale of the Tsar Sultan, by Nicolai
William Tell Overture, second theme, by Gioacchino Rossini
"Funiculi, Funicula" (Italy), by Luigi Denza
"Rhapsody in Blue" (United States), by George Gershwin
"Espana Cani" (Mexico), by Marquina
"La Vie Parisienne" (France), by Jacques Offenbach
"Tales of the Vienna Woods" (Germany), by Johann Strauss
"Rule Britannia" (United Kingdom), by Richard Wagner
"French Canadian Jig" (Canada), Traditional-Unknown
"Days of Emancipation" (China), Unknown
"Sakura" (Japan), Unknown
Symphony #9, Movement #4, "Ode to Joy", by Ludwig van Beethoven
"March of the Toreadors" from Carmen Prelude to Act I, by Georges
Carnival Overture, Opus 92, first theme, by Antonin Dvorak
Alla Hornpipe, Water Music Suite, Movement #13, by George F. Handel
Titan Symphony, Symphony #1 in D Major, Movement #1, by Gustav Mahler
"Promenade" from Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modest Mussorgsky
"Great Gate of Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modest
Firebird Suite, Finale, by Igor Stravinsky
1812 Festival Overture, second theme, by P.I. Tschaikovsky
Prelude to Act III, "Lohengrin", by Richard Wagner
Original arrangements for the first and third movements were created by
Don M. Dorsey. The second movement was originally arranged by Don M. Dorsey,
Steve Skorija, and Bruce Healy. Using members of the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra, the musical production was digitally recorded on a 32-track
master at the Canadian studio and brought back to Florida. Here, the tape
was played back on a similar 32-track system using equipment and engineers
from the WALT DISNEY WORLD sound studios and mixed down to 1-track on
a R-DAT digital audio tape master. The final master is played over the
World Showcase outdoor sound system from Epcot Central Base.