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Walt Disney World Orlando Sights

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

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  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/30/2014

Fodor's Review

This marvelous nighttime spectacular takes place over the World Showcase Lagoon every night before closing. Be sure to stick around for the lasers, lights, flames, fireworks, fountains, and music that fill the air over the water. The show's Earth Globe—a gigantic, spherical, video-display system rotating on a 350-ton floating island—is three stories tall with 180,000 light-emitting diodes. It houses six computer processors and 258 strobe lights and projects images

celebrating the diversity and unified spirit of humankind. The globe opens like a lotus flower in the grand finale, revealing a huge torch that rises 40 feet into the air as additional flames spread light across the lagoon. Nearly 2,800 fireworks shells paint colorful displays across the night sky.

Although there's generally good viewing from all around the lagoon, some of the best spots are in front of the Italy pavilion, on the bridge between France and the United Kingdom, on the promenade in front of Canada, at the World Showcase Plaza, and at La Hacienda de San Angel and La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico. For people with disabilities: During the show, certain areas along the lagoon's edge at Showcase Plaza, Canada, and Germany are reserved for guests using wheelchairs. For best views (and if you have young children), find your place 45 minutes in advance and send someone in your group for ice cream or other treats.

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Sight Information

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World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, United States

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 13 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: All Ages.

Updated 04/30/2014

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Jul 5, 2010

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Review

Simply MINDBLOWING! IlumiNations: Refelctions of Earth is the most spectacular nighttime show at Disney World, and the best Fireworks show. The show tells the story of Earth from it's creation to modern day, and even into the future. The fireworks, lasers, 15 foot tall flame, and the lit up buildings of the World Showcase add the the atmosphere. A MUST SEE!

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Sep 17, 2006

Ya Gotta See It!

It's worth hangin' around to see. Admittedly, getting a good viewing spot is a bit of a pain, but what do you expect at a theme park? You simply can't miss anything with fireworks at Disney.

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