RUMOR: Nighttime Replacement for IllumiNations at Epcot is Nearing Completion

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We may be a few short months away from the end of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot.

As part of the ongoing reimagining of the park, a new nighttime show was always expected, but the new show has apparently been fast-tracked (which is not a ride at Epcot, by the way) to debut sooner in the park’s expansion plans than originally envisioned. The score and vocals for the new show are being recorded this week, according to sources.

A still unannounced shakeup in the creative team working on the park’s overhaul seems to be the source of this major timeline shift. This may also be connected to the recent and sudden activity in the Wonders of Life pavilion, which will now not be the Festival center at the upcoming Flower and Garden Festival.

If true, this change would likely mean that the new show will not be connected to the area between Future World and World Showcase (that or Disney is about to put up a lot of construction walls at Epcot), as was seen in the concept art above for the park’s new vision. What the new show located solely on World Showcase Lagoon would entail is still unknown, but it’s coming sooner rather than later.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth debuted in October 1999 and is the longest continually running fireworks show at the Walt Disney World Resort, and any Disney Park on earth for that matter.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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