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World Showcase, Epcot
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Reflections of Earth promenade bridge lift becomes a mini-show

Each day at around 3pm, from backstage, the Epcot fireworks team brings out all the floating hardware for the nightly IllumiNations Reflections of Earth show. The challenge is that the huge barges are stored backstage behind China in a marina, and the World Showcase promenade is a complete 360 degree loop. The barges are so large that they cannot pass underneath the walkway, so instead, a section of the walkway between China and the Africa Outpost raises up vertically to provide enough space for the barges to pass through. Until now, guests would be stopped by cast members close to the bridge, it would raise, and the barges would pass through. Since earlier this month, guests are now treated to a mini-show, featuring music from Tapestry of Nations and some narration giving guests information about the show storyline, and on the hardware itself. The bridge lift happens a couple of times a day, and there are different audio segments that are played. Click play below to have a listen. If you'd like to read the show story, click here.

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