For many folks, the giant, floating illuminating dome is pretty much the most iconic part of Epcot (nee Center), the “permanent world’s fair” theme park, the second one built at Disney World, after the Magic Kingdom. But with the resort’s grand nightly pyrotechnics, music, and fountains show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — starring said dome — closing out the night with magical theatrics for some 20 years now, the folks at Disney are about to sink that act.
As part of Disney World’s plans to upgrade all four parks at the resort over the next several years (which include a Ratatouille-themed dark ride and a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster), the Mouse House has now announced that IllumiNations will end sometime in the back half of next summer. So you better head on down to Orlando to get your last illuminating experience.
But worry not, Mouseketeers! A new show is set to debut immediately following IllumiNations’ run, right at the very same spot, upon the park’s World Showcase Lagoon. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “the all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular coming to Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon will be part of the park’s exciting evolution.” So expect big things.
While the dome will always glow on in our hearts, with Disney being Disney, we’re pretty sure the Disney Parks' Live Entertainment team will be trying to outdo themselves with this new show. After all, that’s how they’ve kept so many people coming back, at least since IllumiNations debuted at Epcot on Oct. 1, 1999. And for a park that was founded as an edifice to human achievement, particularly in technological innovation and international culture, we’d expect nothing less.
(via Entertainment Weekly)