Disney Parks After Dark: A Spectacular Shot of ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

What a spectacular shot we have to share with you in tonight’s “After Dark” series.

The image, snapped by photographer Mark Willard, was taken of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot. This guest-favorite nighttime spectacular has been entertaining families at Epcot since it debuted at the park in 1999.

The show tells the story of mankind in three acts: from the earth’s fiery birth to the triumph of life to hope for the future, set to an unbelievable score.

Is “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” a must-do for you? Tell us in the Comments section below.


  • I’m going to disagree with most folks and say that I think the nighttime show at Epcot is past due for an update. I still make a point of seeing it on every trip, but I miss the original IllumiNations in which they would light up each country pavilion and play music specific to each country.

  • It is our favorite fireworks show, and we watch it every 6 weeks or so when we drive over for a weekend.

  • A “must see” at least once on every trip! My daughter and I visit during Food and Wine each year, and enjoy a glass of champagne with the show! We miss the old version of the dessert party – that was the best way to see Illuminations.

  • Illuminations is beautiful and we love the music. Have to always see it while we’re there. Christmas time is even more special. Hope it will never change.

  • Yes, its a must do, always has been. I got engaged in 2010 during Illuminations. My best friend and her fiancé got engaged during Illuminations in 2017. And my husband and I honeymooned in WDW for 2 weeks, and saw Illuminations 4 times.

  • Absolutely!

  • Illuminations started in 1999? What was the name of the show before that? I remember a night time show in Epcot when we took our kids in the late 80s untilthe mid 90s. Oh, and yes, we have to see Illuminations every long trip.

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