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… a story about a nighttime spectacular that has touched the hearts of many over the span of its 20-year run.
The final “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” took place tonight, and it was an emotional experience for its fans and creators alike. Tomorrow, its temporary replacement, Epcot Forever will debut in its place, followed by the debut of HarmonioUS in May 2020.
Created and directed by Don Dorsey, the show premiered on October 1, 1999 as IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth during the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. It was so successful that after the celebration ended, the 2000 was dropped from the name and the show was continued. Now, 20 years later, the show has finally had its final run… but thankfully, we’ll always have this video of its last showing.
Watch as the Earth Globe and Inferno Barge make their final flame-filled performance in the video below:
We’ll go on…
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