Since it began in October 1999, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” has been one of the most beloved nighttime shows in the history of Walt Disney World® Resort, but Disney has officially announced that it is now scheduled to come to a close.
The nighttime show is set to end in the second half of 2019, so plenty of guests will still have time to see it before it’s replaced by something brand new.
The new spectacular is just one part of the planned updates to Epcot®, which is scheduled for a facelift unlike the parks have seen. The additions of new attractions and a space-themed restaurant are exciting on their own, but what’s on the rumor mill, which has yet to be confirmed by Disney, is even more exciting.
All the details have yet to be confirmed by Disney, so while it is important to take it all with a grain of salt, the company has hinted that big changes are in store for the park. Among the rumors is an entire reconstruction of Future World, where the Leave a Legacy stones could be removed and the entrance to the park changed, an expansion to Future World could happen, and a complete visual redesign of that entire half of the park could be underway.
While there’s no time estimate or confirmation that half of Epcot® could be in for an overhaul, the replacement of the park’s longstanding nighttime spectacular certainly begs into question whether or not it’s time for the park to receive a bigger update.
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