Official confirmation of the show extension beyond 2000

Dec 29, 2000 in "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth"

Posted: Friday December 29, 2000 by WDWMAGIC Staff
Because some celebrations are too good to end, smash-hit entertainment from the smile-making, record-breaking Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration is being extended indefinitely at Epcot.

That means the moving spectacle of “Tapestry of Nations” and the sky-filling fireworks-and-laser dazzler, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” won’t end when the year 2000 does. After entertaining millions of Epcot guests, both spectaculars will be continued so millions more can experience them, announced Karl Holz, vice president of Epcot.

“Response to these two shows has been phenomenal,” Holz said. “Our guests told their friends who told other friends. Their message became clear: don’t bring the curtain down on these smash hits.

“That’s welcome news to those who weren’t able to make our millennium celebration or for those guests who did attend and want to come back for an encore.”

Here’s a closer look at the shows:

“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” -- This dazzling nightly finale on and above World Showcase Lagoon is filled with the fiery glow of torches, high-energy music, lasers and booming fireworks. The sky transforms into a kaleidoscope of colorful pyrotechnic bursts. Comets streak across the sky as video images are displayed on the giant Earth Globe, the floating centerpiece of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” Then, the sphere blossoms like a flower, revealing a brilliant ball of fire. Dreams of hope for a better tomorrow are cast as the music builds, lasers shoot skyward, fireworks light the night and flames leap across the surface of the lagoon.

“By any measure,” said Holz, “our millennium celebration was a huge success. “We will continue the fun and spirit of that celebration right into the new year.”

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