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January 30, 1988 to September 20, 1996

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Jack Wagner: In 15 minutes, EPCOT Center and GE will present this evening's performance of IllumiNations. When it comes to lighting, GE is light. The show takes place on and around the World Showcase Lagoon and may be viewed from points all around the World Showcase Promenade. Due to lower light levels around the lagoon, please watch your step and take small children by the hand during the show. Once again, this evening's performance of IllumiNations will begin in 15 minutes. Thank yo

Jack Wagner: In 10 minutes, EPCOT Center and GE will present this evening's performance of IllumiNations. When it comes to lighting, GE is light. The show takes place on and around the World Showcase Lagoon and may be viewed from points all around the World Showcase Promenade. Due to lower light levels around the lagoon, please watch your step and take small children by the hand during the show. Once again, this evening's performance of IllumiNations will begin in 10 minutes. Thank you.

Jack Wagner: In 5 minutes, EPCOT Center and GE will present this evening's performance of IllumiNations. When it comes to lighting, GE is light. Excellent viewing locations are still available all around World Showcase Promenade. Due to the use of fireworks and lower light levels around the lagoon, for your safety we request that you remain on the Promenade side of all railings. During the show, please watch your step and take small children firmly by the hand. Once again, this evening's performance of IllumiNations will begin in just 5 minutes. Thank you.

Shortly after this announcement, guests wait eagerly for the show to begin. Things are fairly quiet around the lagoon and then the pavilion lights are turned off, the lights along the walkways fade, and the show begins. Lights flash on the pavilions as the music begins with a custom IllumiNations Fanfare written for the show (not the same as the one written in '97 for the current show). In the middle of the fanfare, we are introduced to the show.

Female Announcer: Good evening and welcome to World Showcase. Tonight we are pleased to present a visual journey, an international fantasy of music and light. We're about to embark on a sparkling, abstract expedition around World Showcase. With the music as your passport, we'll discover sights and sounds from colorful ports of call. And to celebrate our journey, the countries will be united by the festive elements of water, fire, and light. And now, let your imagination be your guide as EPCOT Center proudly presents IllumiNations!

ACT I

Arranged by Don M. Dorsey.

  • Symphony #5
    • Movement #1
      • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "Flight of the Bumblebee"
    • from The Tale of the Tsar Sultan
      • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Zampa Overture
    • first theme
      • Ferdinand Herold
  • Italian Concerto
    • Movement #3, first theme
      • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • William Tell Overture
    • second theme
      • Gioacchino Rossini

 

ACT II

Arranged by Don M. Dorsey, Steve Skorija, and Bruce Healey.

During this act, each pavilion (except for Morocco and Norway) is highlighted by having its name rotate around the sphere in the center of the lagoon. Canada features dancing maple leaves, United Kingdom has Big Ben, and Germany lights up like a gingerbread house. Norway was not open when the show debuted and so is not included. There is music included for Morocco, but the pavilion is not lit up and its name does not appear on the sphere. The reason why comes from an IllumiNations tech: "Every pavilion (the actual country [or sponsors]) was responsible for the financial side of their lighting. Morocco and Norway didn't have the funding." Thus, the Moroccan music serves as a transition from Act I to II.

  • Scheherezade
    • Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
      • (Represents Morocco although the pavilion was not highlighted at all)
  • La Vie Parisienne
    • Jacques Offenbach
      • France
  • Days of Emancipation
    • Unknown
      • China
  • Rule Brittania
    • Richard Wagner
      • United Kingdom
  • Tales of the Vienna Woods
    • Johann Strauss
      • Germany
  • Sakura
    • Unknown
      • Japan
  • Espana Cani
    • Marquina
      • Mexico
  • French Canadian Jig
    • Traditional-Unknown
      • Canada
  • Funiculi, Funicula
    • Luigi Denza
      • Italy
  • Rhapsody in Blue
    • George Gershwin
      • United States
  • ACT III

    Arranged by Don M. Dorsey.

  • Carnival Overture
    • Opus 92, first theme
      • Antonin Dvorak
  • "March of the Toreadors"
    • from Carmen, Prelude to Act 1
      • Georges Bizet
  • Alla Hornpipe
    • from Water Music Suite, Movement #13
      • George F. Handel
  • Titan Symphony
    • Symphony #1 in D Major, Movement #1
      • Gustav Mahler
  • "Ode to Joy"
    • Symphony #9 in D Minor (Choral), Movement #4
      • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Prelude to Act III
    • "Lohengrin"
      • Richard Wagner
  • Firebird Suite
    • Finale
      • Igor Stravinsky
  • "Great Gate of Kiev"
    • from Pictures at an Exhibition
      • Modest Mussorgsky
  • "Promenade"
    • from Pictures at an Exhibition
      • Modest Mussorgsky
  • 1812 Festival Overture
    • second theme
      • Peter Ilyich Tschaikovsky
  • Female Announcer: All of us at EPCOT Center and G.E. Lighting hope you've enjoyed IllumiNations. Around the world, in every nation, G.E. brings good things to life. Thank you and good evening.

    Total Running Time: 16:30 minutes

    The exit music first repeats the second half of the "IllumiNations Fanfare." Then it features a mix of "It's A Small World" (by Richard and Robert Sherman) and the same theme heard outside Horizons (then still sponsored by G.E.). This part is repeated a second time.

     

    IllumiNations Fact Sheet | Original IllumiNations ('88) | Holiday IllumiNations
    IllumiNations 25 A | IllumiNations 25 B | IllumiNations ('98-99)
    IllumiNations (2000): Reflections of Earth

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