Bad news for fireworks fans, Epcot enthusiasts, and lovers of old-fashioned Disney tradition. On Monday, Disney announced that Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show, which marked the closing of each day at the theme park, will end in the summer of 2019, after 20 years.
One of the park’s most complex shows, IllumiNations incorporates fire and water effects, fireworks, and an orchestral soundtrack. Its most iconic moment is when the 28-foot-tall globe projects various video images against the water. The show first debuted in 1999, and quickly became one of Disney World’s most popular attractions.
Its cancellation comes as part of Disney’s efforts to revitalize the theme parks in the next few years, including the addition of new attractions. Among these additions will be a new Ratatouille-themed ride in Epcot’s France pavilion, and a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster, both set to open by 2021. Other big changes around the park include a new Toy Story land, which opened at Hollywood Studios this year, and the upcoming Star Wars-themed land to open its doors in 2019.
If you’re still bummed about the end of IllumiNations, don’t worry. The skies won’t be dark for too long. Immediately after its final run, it will be replaced by a new fireworks show on the park’s World Showcase lagoon. The final IllumiNations date has yet to be announced, though Disney has vowed to celebrate its classic show all year long in preparation for its swan song.
H/T: Entertainment Weekly