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September 22, 1999 to December 31, 2000

Presented as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

January 1, 2001 to ?

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Please note that if you have not seen IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth, this page gives a good summary of the show and may spoil some of the effects for you.

The show's name was changed to remove the reference to the year 2000, but the show itself has remained the same.


As crowds gather around the lagoon, pre-show music (including a little music from Lord of the Dance) begins about 15 minutes before the show. The sounds of people talking and admiring the torches fill the air. Several announcements are made to inform guests how many more minutes before he show begins.

Female Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, because GE brings good things to life, in just 15 minutes, Epcot and GE Lighting will present IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth. The show can be experienced all around the World Showcase Lagoon. Due to lower light levels during the show, please watch your step and take small children by the hand. Get ready, because tonight's celebration of IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth will begin in just 15 minutes. Thank you.

Female Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, because GE brings good things to life, in just 10 minutes, the Epcot family and GE will celebrate IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth. There are still great places to watch the show all around the World Showcase 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, watch your step, and take small children by the hand. Find a good spot, because IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth will begin in just 10 minutes. Thank you.

Female Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, because GE brings good things to life, in just 5 minutes, Epcot and GE Lighting will present IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth. The show can be experienced all around the World Showcase Lagoon. Due to lower light levels during the show, please watch your step and take small children by the hand. Get ready, because tonight's celebration of IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth will begin in just 5 minutes. Thank you.

A few minutes after this announcement, the music fades out and guests wait eagerly for the show to begin. The sound of a gentle orchestral hum becomes audible and the flames grow taller and brighter.

"Reflections of Earth"

Prologue: Acceleration

Male Announcer: Good evening and welcome. We've gathered here tonight around the fire as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us ... to share the light ... and to share a story. An amazing story as old as time itself, but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. I hope you enjoy our story tonight: Reflections of Earth.

The sound of him blowing out a candle is heard as the torches are blown out and all of the pavilion lights go out. A single drum beat is heard, followed by more and more pulsating drum beats escalating until a comet streaks halfway across the lagoon to the center where it collides exploding in a huge circular shape right in time with the music.

 

ACT I: Chaos

Chaos

Fireworks, lasers, and a raging inferno engulf the lagoon to the beat of chaotic, primitive music. Fountains add colors of red, orange, and yellow in four locations around the fire. The segment ends as large white fireworks shells explode and fizzle to the lagoon where small white points glow in various places on the lagoon surface like a field of stars.

 

ACT II: Order

Space

The fireworks fade as the melody softens and slows. Off in the distance, a large rotating sphere covered in the hot glow of white begins to slowly glide across the lagoon to the center. A closer look reveals that this is planet Earth floating through space. The white cools to red which gives way to blue as we see the ocean water (without any life forms). The blue changes to green as we view images of lush forests. Four fountains spaced away from the Earth Globe reflect green-lighted water as the images on the Earth fly over green landforms.

Life

Trees and flowers cover the earth followed by animals (such as a rhino and a giraffe) roaming throughout the landscapes. The image of a horse turns into a cave painting version of the horse showing the arrival of humans on the planet. The cave painting of the horse changes to other cave painted animals like a rhinosurus, deer, and cow. The fountains display only a single red stream of water as if to be the human's fire. The image of the painting flickers due to the unsteady light of the fire and then the image zooms out of the cave to see human feet traversing the ground.

Adventure

The human population begins to grow and spread from tribes to farms to villages. Images show Eskimos, islanders paddling a carved out catamaran, and others. People use animals to help them travel and cultivate. Now the humans explore their world using fantastic oceanic vessels from a Viking ship to sailing ships. Human curiosity of the world causes them to develop other transportation inventions including helicopters, hot air balloons, aerial tramways up mountains, trains, and airplanes. Now flying over landforms indigenous to the continents on which the images are displayed, we begin to see famous vistas such as the Himalayas, Victoria Falls, and the Sahara Desert.

Countries are formed and images of famous landmarks cover the sphere as the pavilions are lit. The first civilizations to be formed, China, Italy, Japan, France, and Canada (by tribes crossing the Bering Land Bridge from Russia into North America), are lit with rim lights outlining the pavilion first. The rest of the pavilions are lit next (Mexico, Germany, the American Adventure, and the United Kingdom). Images including the Sphinx, St. Basil's Cathedral, St. Paul overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Mayan pyramid, the Statue of Liberty, Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue, and Mount Rushmore can be seen on the Earth Globe. This segment ends with four white clusters of fireworks that fizzle as the pavilion lights fade, the fountains stop, and the images on the sphere fizzle like snow on a television.

Bluish/purple lights illuminate the inside of the Earth Globe allowing us to see the structure behind the continents. The next images displayed are those of colored paint splashed across the continents on the Earth Globe. Artists are seen painting and musicians are performing. Four sets of different colored fireworks are launched one color at a time (green, orange, and lavender blue/green) as powerful colored searchlights scan the sky illuminating the smoke from the fireworks.

Famous works of art are seen on the Globe including The Thinker and David statues. Next, mini shooting stars are launched one at a time circling around the Globe twice. The fountains are in full color and various colored laser lights join the searchlights in sweeping through the sky.

The Space Shuttle takes off. Images of people who have played an important role in society are seen on the Globe as the music builds and strobe lights on the pavilions flash. The final person shown is an astronaut who spins around moving further away from the foreground (getting smaller in the video image).

Home

The astronaut's view from space is that of the whole planet Earth - a home to all people. Strobe lights flicker on the pavilions and from within the center of the Earth Globe. Also spinning with the astronaut are various colored shapes that eventually join together filling each continent with a rainbow of colors. The pavilions are then all lit again together as a rainbow of laser light fills the panorama spreading from the American Adventure like a fan. Four very bright fireworks shells explode high in the sky while four other shells explode soon after and fall immediately like a meteor shower to the lagoon. This occurs three times and then fireworks are set off from all around the perimeter of the lagoon and in the center.

Celebration

More fantastic fireworks, exciting, uptempo music, colorful lasers, and lighted pavilions create a dazzling, colorful atmosphere. Halfway through this segment, the rainbow of colors splashed across the continents on the Globe give way to video images of Tapestry of Nations puppets dancing. This portion of the show ends with another set of white perimeter fireworks and an amazing burst of thousands of small purple fireworks filling the whole center of the lagoon. The video image fizzles to black while the pavilion rim lights remain lit.

 

ACT III: Meaning

Meaning

A timpani drum roll is heard as the finale begins. The pavilion lights fade out while the Earth Globe continents sparkle and fade in to show people of varying cultures and ethnicities standing together.

"We Go On"

Kellie Coffey:

With the stillness of the night
There comes a time to understand
To reach out and touch tomorrow
Take the future in our hand

We see people reach out to hold hands. Small white points of light glow in various places on the lagoon surface. The people are now holding candles and pass the light of their candle on to the next person's.

Kellie Coffey:

We can see a new horizon
Built on all that we have done
And our dreams begin another
Thousand circles 'round the sun

The nineteen torches around the lagoon ignite. The powerful white searchlights light up and are aimed up at an angle so that they meet above the center of the lagoon.

Kellie Coffey and Chorus:

We go on
To the joy and through the tears
We go on
To discover new frontiers
Moving on
With the current of the years

Images of athletes carrying and passing on the Olympic torch give way to images of torches and candles burning brightly. The Earth Globe, now lit up with white inside, begins to slowly split open. It blossoms like a flower and when all of the petals have opened, a torch ignites and rises high above the lagoon.

Kellie Coffey and Chorus:

We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on
With the spirit born to run
Ever on
With each rising sun
To a new day
We go on

Two sets of glittering white tailed fireworks are launched from the center torch.

Kellie Coffey and Chorus:

We go on

As the chorus holds that last note, 1,000 white fireworks are launched filling the sky in a breathtaking sight while strobelights on the pavilions and the Earth Globe flash. The show ends with one more round of white perimeter fireworks, several colorful bursts high above the center of the lagoon, and a final set of white fireworks a little lower ending with a loud crackle. The torches, including the flame in the center, remain lit and the searchlights cast a rainbow of colors upon the smoke in the sky.

Male Announcer: All of us at Epcot hope you have enjoyed Reflections of Earth.

Total Running Time: 13 minutes


As the crowds slowly begin to leave the lagoon, a longer, slower version of We Go On plays.

"Promise"

Kellie Coffey:

Every evening
Brings an ending
Every day becomes a legacy

Every sunset
Leads to morning
With the promise of opportunity

We can reach for the stars we find along the way
Dreaming as we learn to love everyday

Promise
You will take my hand
As tomorrow comes
We'll go on

We'll go on
Growing closer through the years
Moving on
Through the good times and the tears
Ever on
Another thousand circles 'round the sun
If two can be as one
We'll go on

There is music
If you listen
In the rhythm of each breath we take

Destinations
Undiscovered
Revelations from every choice we make

And I know
There are diamonds dancin' in the sky
All we have to do
Is open our eyes

Promise
We'll walk side by side
As a new day dawns
We'll go on

We'll go on
Growing closer through the years
Moving on
Through the good times and the tears
Ever on
Another thousand circles 'round the sun
A new life has begun
The two of us as one
We'll go on

Moving on
Through the good times and the tears
Ever on
Another thousand circles 'round the sun
A new life has begun
When two of us are one
And we live to keep the promise

We'll go on

Ever on

We'll go on

Following Promise is some of the music from Tapestry of Nations (without any of the additional percussion added for that show). The torches extinguish at the end of that music. The exit music originally only played throughout World Showcase. In the fall of 2000, this exit music was expanded to fill the entire park throughout World Showcase, Future World, and even to the Entrance Plaza.


New Year's Eve 1999 & 2000 Tag

For the narration and description of the special New Year's Eve 1999 and 2000 editions of the show, go to: New Year's Eve 1999 & 2000.

 

July 4th 2000 Tag

After IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth ended on the 4th of July, 2000, the following announcement was heard:

Female Announcer: We hope you have enjoyed this evening's performance of IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth. And now, to honor America, Epcot would like to present a special finale to celebrate this first Fourth of July in the new Millennium.

The American Adventure's theme song, "Golden Dream," plays while red, white, and blue fireworks burst into the sky. Due to the threat of fire in the summer of 2000, no fireworks were launched from behind the pavilions as usually done for the 4th of July. The Earth Globe was not used during this add-on section. It remained open throughout, but the torch was re-lit at the finale of the show.

Female Announcer: And now, ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem.

Sandy Patti sings two verses of the song. 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. Most of the final announcement was hard to hear, but this is approximately what was said.

Female Announcer: [ ? ? ?] We hope you have enjoyed this presentation and have a safe trip home. Thank you and goodnight.

The normal exit music ("Promise" and "Tapestry of Nations") is heard while guests exit the park.

July 4th Add-on Running Time: 8 minutes 35 seconds


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