During D23’s Destination D this past weekend, Disney revealed more information on the replacement for IllumiNations and a new, limited-time Epcot Forever fireworks show coming soon to Epcot.
Disney announced earlier this year that the current IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular will be coming to an end in 2019 as part of a transformation of Epcot beginning next year. Since the fireworks show premiered in Epcot in 1999, it has wowed park guests with a three-part fireworks spectacular showcasing the past, present, and future of Earth. While we will say “See you later!” to IllumiNations in 2019, Disney announced an all-new fireworks spectacular will debut in its place in 2020.
Bob Chapek revealed more details about the new fireworks show during his Saturday presentation at D23’s Destination D event at Walt Disney World last weekend. Chapek announced the 2020 fireworks show will be a transformative spectacular, a celebration of how Disney music inspires park guests from all over the world. The new show will feature massive floating set pieces on World Showcase Lagoon, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. The current IllumiNations fireworks feature similar special effects, but Chapek’s announcement revealed the new show will be even more spectacular. From the looks of the show’s promotional video that premiered at Destination D, we’re sure the 2020 replacement to IllumiNations will be even better than the original fireworks, especially with the addition of classic Disney characters, like Pocahontas and Aladdin seen in the images below.
But while the epic replacement to IllumiNations won’t premiere until 2020, fans of the original fireworks show won’t miss out on nighttime entertainment at Epcot. In the time between IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth leaving Epcot and the new show coming to the theme park in 2020, a temporary new fireworks show called Epcot Forever will take its place. The new Epcot Forever fireworks show will be a celebration of Epcot. The show will be set to classic Epcot music and will begin with a spark of imagination that will grow into a spectacular display of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed special-effects kites. We’re unsure why Disney made the decision to premiere two new fireworks spectaculars instead of one, but we’re not complaining. If you’re anything like us, you agree that the more nighttime entertainment at Disney parks, the better!
If you’re a fan of IllumiNations, be sure to visit Epcot at Walt Disney World before the original show comes to a close in summer 2019. Take a look at our latest video of IllumiNations, which gets a special ending during the holidays.
The two new fireworks shows are not the only new additions coming to Epcot in the next few years. Chapek revealed plans for a “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along show being added to Epcot’s France pavilion, along with a “Ratatouille”-themed ride set to open in the next few years. Chapek also discussed the revolutionary new ride vehicles to be featured as part of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed roller coaster that is replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure, an attraction that closed last year. Each of these attractions will bring something new and exciting to Epcot over the next few years, and we can’t wait until even more news is revealed.