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Epcot’s Fireworks

Illuminations is the nightly fireworks show at Disney World’s Epcot Center. It is the granddaddy of all fireworks displays! It takes place on and above the World Showcase Lagoon.

The show is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of fireworks, color, and light all set to an incredible and moving score and lyrics. It is absolutely awesome the way that the fireworks are synchronized with the music.

The current show is titled Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.The story line follows the story of the Earth. With music, lasers, and fireworks, the Earth’s story is told, from its beginning to the present day. The show begins with Act 1: Chaos. Act 2: Order has sub themes of Space, Life, Adventure, Home, Celebration, and Meaning.


From the pounding and chaotic introductory drums, through the playful music of life and adventure, and on to the emotional finale, the Earth’s spectacular story is retold in a dazzling and moving display.

During our family vacations, we usually manage to see the Epcot firework show at least three times in our 7 night stay.

If it were up to me, I would be there every night! Many times, we’ll been heading back to our hotel after a day at one of the other parks.

My husband and I will look at our watches and then each other. Then we quickly decide to hop on over to Epcot to catch the nightly showing!

Watching the fireworks at Epcot truly is a spectacular way to finish off a perfect day at Disney World. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Viewing Locations

Any location around the World Showcase is good for viewing the show. I have watched from all the countries of the World Showcase. One of the best spots was right up against the railing behind the store at the Showcase Plaza. This is the portion of the World Showcase between Mexico and Canada, right across the bridge from the entrance to Future World. If you wish to view from this location, be sure to stake out your spot on the pavement early!

If you want to make a speedy exit and beat the crowds exiting the park, I would suggest viewing from Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico or Norway.

If you are not in a hurry, watch the fireworks from the back of the World Showcase, and take your time exiting the park. Meander along slowly, or just hang out on a bench until all the nutsy people have passed! There will always be another bus or monorail. Relax – this is supposed to be fun!

Technical Information

  • Show length is 12 minutes 32 seconds.
  • Performances are at 9:00 pm nightly (9:30 pm during the Holiday season).
  • The Earth Globe is the world’s first spherical video display system, with over 15,000 LEDs.
  • The Earth Globe weighs 350,000 lbs.
  • 1,105 shells are fired from 35 locations for each show.
  • Shell Types include comets, candles, mines, shells, tailed shells, crossettes, scattering bees, whistles, reports/salutes, ground effects, and floaters.
  • The lasers use the full spectrum of color.
  • Each of the 4 fountain barges has 40 water nozzles and pumps 4,000 gallons of water per minute.
  • The inferno barge weighs 150,000 lbs and fires flames from 37 nozzles.
  • Walls of flames and a giant torch reach 40 feet into the air.
  • There are 19 torches positioned around the World Showcase Lagoon.
  • Each torch is 26 feet high and powered by natural gas.
  • The original musical score for the show has over 150,000 musical notes.

Be sure to check out the Illuminations lyrics and a mini review of the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth CD Soundtrack.

The Illuminations:Reflections of Earth CD is usually only available at the Walt Disney World Resort, but you may be able to get it online.

If you would like to find out where to purchase this CD, please click the link below.

You will LOVE it!

Purchase Epcot Illuminations:Reflections of Earth CD

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