Walt Disney World Orlando Sights

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

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. Limited FastPass+ reservations are offered; otherwise, for best views, find your place 45 minutes in advance and send someone in your group for ice cream or other treats.

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  • IllumiNations Reflections of Earth, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA

    Benjamin D. Esham / Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us], via Wikimedia Commons

Sight Information


World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 12 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: All ages

Published 07/06/2017


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