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IllumiNations 
A SYNCHRONIZED SPECTACLE OF WATER, FIRE, LIGHT, LASER, AND FIREWORKS SHOW WITH A DRAMATIC MUSICAL SCORE OVER THE LAGOON

This 13-minute show is a great end to your day at Epcot.....
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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 of Earth."
"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, unifying theme.
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 waters.
"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."

Fast Facts
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 system.
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 fireworks.
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.
News Flash!
IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth will "soft open" on September 22, 1999; the present show ended its long run on September 21, 1999.
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 productions.
A fountain barge pumps 5,000 gallons of water per minute.
A 150,000-pound inferno barge uses 37 nozzles to shoot propane flames skyward.
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 music.
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 Exposition.

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 lagoon.
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.

First Movement
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 Rimsky-Korsakov
William Tell Overture, second theme, by Gioacchino Rossini
Second Movement
"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
Third Movement
Symphony #9, Movement #4, "Ode to Joy", by Ludwig van Beethoven
"March of the Toreadors" from Carmen Prelude to Act I, by Georges Bizet
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 Mussorgsky
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.

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