Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is the nighttime spectacular at Epcot.

It has been announced the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will end on September 20, 2019. A new show called Epcot Forever is being developed and will debut October 1, 2019.

Viewing Locations

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is shot from the middle of World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot. The fireworks are shot off of barges surrounded by water fountains. One feature of the show is the huge floating globe that floats to the center of the lagoon.

Because Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is shot in the middle of the lagoon nearly anywhere around World Showcase lagoon will provide an excellent view. When trying to decide where to stand remember that the fireworks are shot off of the barges that the pyrotechnicians put into place in the afternoon. If you can see all of the barges without anything barring your view, you will likely have an excellent view of the show. Another thing to take into consideration is whether or not you hope to exit the park quickly after the fireworks. If you want to leave immediately following the show, it may not be the best idea to be in the America pavilion as it is about as far away from the main exit of Epcot as is possible. If it is possible, I would recommend waiting for a few minutes after the show to allow crowds to disperse before making your way out of the park at a leisurely pace, it is wonderful to walk around Epcot at night with low crowds. There are great places to watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth in nearly every pavilion around World Showcase, a few of my favorite locations include: between the Mexico and Norway pavilions, in the America pavilion, the Japan pavilion, and the Italy pavilion. Most people recommend finding a viewing location between the Port of Entry shops, straight across the lagoon from the America pavilion. This location provides an excellent view of the show with nothing to block the way, and allows for quick park exit.

Most nights some areas of World Showcase will be roped off because they have been reserved for private dessert parties, weddings, or some other event. If you wish to attend the Epcot Sparkling Dessert Party you can check that out here. Another option for getting a great viewing location for the fireworks is to make a dining reservation for fireworks time at a restaurant that has a clear view of the lagoon. Remember that dining reservations open up 180 days in advance of your trip. A few restaurants with great views include: Spice Road Table, La Hacienda de San Angel, Tokyo Dining, Monsier Paul, and Rose and Crown. Most of these restaurants pipe in the music from the show, so you miss nothing of the experience. Additionally, Rose and Crown will have an IllumiNations Dining Package for the last few months of the show.

An expensive option for viewing Illuminations is to experience the Illuminations Fireworks Cruise. With the fireworks cruise, guests view the fireworks from a pontoon boat on the water, a front row seat. If these options sound too expensive to you, there is a decent view of Illuminations outside of the park near the International Gateway entrance to the park.

Fun Facts

  • Illuminations debuted as a part of Disney’s huge Millennium Celebration.
  • The show’s story line documents the story of our planet, Earth.
  • The floating globe is the first ever spherical screen which weighs in at around 350,000 pounds.
  • The show lasts about 13 minutes.
  • The amazing score for this show was composed by Gavin Greenaway.
  • Many guests are fooled by a pause in the show thinking that it is already over. Don’t be tricked into missing the finale!


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