announced last year that it would close its long-running IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime show at the end of this summer, replacing it with "Epcot Forever," a temporary new production that would run until next year. Now we know the specific dates for the end of IllumiNations and beginning of Epcot Forever.Walt Disney World
The old show will close on September 30 and the new production will open the next night, October 1 — Epcot's 37th anniversary. Epcot Forever will feature lights, lasers, fountains, and fireworks like IllumiNations did, with the addition of light-up special effects kites, too. You can briefly see them in action in Disney's preview video for the new show.
But the focus of the preview video — as well as the show itself — will be Epcot's deep legacy of original music. Conductor Don Harper is arranging the music for the show, which will include several of the attraction themes composed for the park over the years.
Epcot Forever will close sometime in 2020, to be replaced by the park's next new nighttime show, which Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek teased at last fall's D23 Destination D event. Like Fantasmic! and Disney California Adventure's World of Color, that show will feature projections from Disney animated films on water screens around the World Showcase Lagoon. No name or debut date for that show yet.
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