(2000): Reflections of Earth
February 1, 1998 to September
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This version of the show is the same
as the second 25th Anniversary version only with references to the
25th removed. Before the show began during the month of February,
1998, "Epcot Salutes the Black Heritage Celebration" spiraled
around the globe in the center of the lagoon. Pre-show music, which
begins about 20 minutes before the show, starts to get waiting guests
in the mood for the show. Several announcements are made to inform
guests how much longer they will have to wait before he show begins.
Ladies and Gentlemen, in 15 minutes Epcot and GE will present IllumiNations.
At GE, we bring good things to life. The show can be experienced
all around the World Showcase Lagoon. Because of lower light levels
around the lagoon, please watch your step and take small children
by the hand during the show. Get ready, because IllumiNations
will begin in 15 minutes. Thank you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, in just 10 minutes the Epcot family and GE
gladly join in presenting IllumiNations. At GE,
we bring good things to life. There are still lots of great places
to watch the show all around the lagoon. Because of fireworks and
lower light levels during the show, for your safety, we ask that
you remain on the promenade side of all railings. During the show,
please watch your step and take small children by the hand. Find
a good spot because IllumiNations will begin in
just 10 minutes. Thank you.
Male Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, in just 5 minutes the Epcot family
and GE will celebrate Walt Disney World's IllumiNations.
At GE, we bring good things to life. There are still lots of great
places to watch the show all around the lagoon. Because of fireworks
and lower light levels during the show, for your safety, we ask
that you remain on the promenade side of all railings. During the
show, please watch your step and take small children by the hand.
Find a good spot because IllumiNations will begin
in just 5 minutes. Thank you.
Shortly after this announcement, the music fades out
and guests wait eagerly for the show to begin. Things are fairly quiet
around the lagoon with the exception of people talking and a boat
zipping by doing last minute checks. Then the pavilion lights are
turned off, the lights along the walkways fade, and the show begins.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to IllumiNations!
Join us now as the countries of World Showcase welcome all of
you to our worldwide family.
"Remember the Magic" - World Showcase
(Based on the WDW 25th Anniversary song "Remember the Magic"
|Arranger & Orchestrate:
Chorus: Remember the Magic!
To open the show, cast members from the World Showcase
pavilions welcome guests from their countries/regions. Special Thanks
to the World Showcase cast members for helping me with the translations
and Jorge Schmidt for the German translation.
Canada - Male:
From my country, please welcome our Guests of Honor from Canada.
Italy - Female:
And from Europe, diamo il benvenuto a membri de la nostra famiglia
Italiana. ("We welcome the members of our Italian family.")
France - Female:
From the land of my birth, veuillez accueillir nos familles francaises.
("Please welcome our French family.")
Female: And from my homeland, begruessen
wir unsere familienmitglieder aus Deutschland recht herzlich. ("We
sincerely welcome our family members from Germany.")
- Male (Paul): From the British Isles, please also welcome our family
from the United Kingdom. (Paul was a bartender at the Rose and Crown Pub at this
Norway - Male:
And from my home in Scandanavia, huer vennlig a ønske vare Norske
gjester vellkomen! ("Be kind and welcome our Norwegian guests.")
Female: And from Africa, . ("We want
to welcome the guests of honor from Morocco." [Read Arabic
from right to left.])
China - Female:
From the land of the Orient, . ("Welcome to the Chinese from all
over the world.")
Japan - Male:
From the land of the Rising Sun, Nippon no minasama yókoso okoshi
kudasaimashita. ("Welcome Japanese tourists/guests." The
same thing written with Japanese characters is this: .)
Mexico - Male:
And from my wonderful land, acompañeme en darles la bienvenida a
nuestra familia de Mexico. ("Join with me in welcoming our
family from Mexico.")
USA - Female:
And to all of our family members who have traveled here from around
the United States, Welcome.
Male Announcer: Now, we invite you to join us as the nations of World
Showcase come together and celebrate IllumiNations.
The first song played is IllumiNations Fanfare. The rest of the selections
are listed in the order in which they were played. All of the selections
were arranged by John Debney and orchestrated by Brad Dechter. Fireworks
burst into the air.
Russian Dance - "Trepak"
Die Meistersinger Overture
Laideronette, Empress of the Pagodas
Barber of Seville Overture
Overture to Suite No. 2
Seventeen Come Sunday
El Salón México
Colorful fountains, lasers, and flashing lights on
the pavilions and on the barges are used extensively throughout
Act I. The outlines of the world's continents rotate on the center
ball. Projected by lasers on the mist screens are constantly changing
geometric shapes and designs. Then the lasers project a slowly moving
line that flows from side to side. When the brass instruments are
featured, a laser trumpet is projected. Next, a bright star jumps
around with a waving, curvy line following. More wavy lines, all
connected forming a sphere, follow and, along with fireworks, end
Pini di Villa Borghese
A Night on Bald Mountain
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Act II features laser projected images of the Future
World themes. The first shows a child (Life) spinning through the
stars. The child picks up a light bulb (Innoventions). "E=mc2"
appears. Out of the lightbulb (Imagination) comes a spinning object
and an electron. The fountain spurts blue colored water up half
way and the screen is filled with fish (Seas). The child's face
appears in the lower left hand corner and watches a shark, whale,
octopus, and dolphin swim around. Colored flowers appear next and
the child smells them (Land). Comets are followed by dinosaurs (Energy).
A car, which has the word "TEST" as in Test Track written
on it, is formed next (Motion). The sound of a car engine zooming
by is heard. A space satellite (Communication) spins around with
a view of earth rotating in the lower right corner. Zooming in closer
to earth, birds fly us in to central Florida where a satellite dish
receives information. Finally, the child is seen one last time as
it spins around and moves off into the distance. (The laser projections
used here are the same as those used in Act II of IllumiNations
25 A, the original 25th Anniversary show, even though the music
Ode To Joy
- Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral), Fourth Movement 
Act III begins with a bang and bright fireworks. The
lasers, blinking lights, and dancing fountains combine with bright
white fireworks filling the sky to create a spectacular finale.
The EPCOT family and G.E. hope all of you from around the world
have enjoyed IllumiNations. G.E. - we bring good
things to life. Thank you and good night.
Total Running Time: 14 minutes
The Exit Music, which includes melodies
from "A Worldwide Celebration," begins and
repeats at least 4 times as guests are leaving the park. During February
1998, a giant laser-produced "Black Heritage Celebration"
logo was projected on Spaceship Earth. Following the Black
Heritage Month Celebration in March 1998, the laser projection returned
to be the outlines of the world's continents as was used in the original
IllumiNations show. From July 2 to July 12, 1998, IllumiNations was
shown without fireworks. This was because of the dangerous fire conditions
throughout parts of Florida. All Disney fireworks shows were cancelled.
IllumiNations during this time period was reprogrammed to feature
a greater use of lights and lasers to make up for the absence of fireworks.
The show's soundtrack
is available on the updated "Official Album of Disneyland &
Walt Disney World" and the "Official Album of Walt Disney
World" which are available at the parks and from CDnow. Just
here to order the "Official Album of Disneyland & WDW"
from CDnow. Or if you'd like to search for other music, just click here.
July 4th Tag
After the main show ends on the 4th of
July, the following announcement is heard:
We hope you have enjoyed this evening's performance of IllumiNations.
And now, to honor America, EPCOT Center and GE Lighting would like
to present a special finale to celebrate this Fourth of July.
The American Adventure's
theme song, "Golden Dream," plays while red, white, and
blue fireworks burst into the sky from the islands in the World Showcase
Lagoon, from the perimeter of the lagoon, and from behind The American
Adventure. Projected on the mist screens are images of the country,
flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and others. Laser produced
images of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Eagle
lunar landing appear during the section of the song in which they
And now, ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem.
Sandy Patti sings two verses of the song.
During the first verse, shells explode at a steady pace every 10 seconds
or so. When the second verse begins, pyrotechnic shells are launched
from behind Germany all the way to behind Morocco filling the panorama.
At the end of the song, they are launched from a special barge in
the center of the lagoon at a constant rate filling 20 seconds straight
of loud booms and bright fireworks. When the show ends, there is no
closing announcement. An instrumental version of "Golden Dream"
plays while guests heard towards the park exit.
July 4th Add-on Running Time:
8 minutes 35 seconds
Sheet | Original IllumiNations ('88)
| Holiday IllumiNations
IllumiNations 25 A | IllumiNations
25 B | IllumiNations ('98-99)
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