The nightly Epcot fireworks show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, was previously announced to be ending in Summer 2019. Now, we have new information on an interim show as well as the new spectacular that’s coming to Epcot.
Beginning in Fall 2019, the interim “Epcot Forever” show will center around iconic music from Epcot. This limited-time show sounds like it will be loaded with nostalgia, covering classic music from Epcot’s past and present along with updated fireworks and effects. The show will be an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.
The new permanent show will begin in 2020 and will be a huge spectacular featuring massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. The show will celebrate how Disney music inspires those around the world and, yes, it will feature Disney characters.
It’s worth noting that the official description doesn’t specifically mention drones. The term “massive floating set pieces” is a bit vague as it could refer to water or air, but we feel that Disney would specifically talk about drones if they were in the plans. It’s possible that they’re still refining the technology and don’t want to announce drones if they end up not working out. The use of drones in a future Epcot show has been rumored for ages, but it remains to be seen if they’ll be incorporated.
We’re also curious where the custom-built LED panels will be installed. Some rumors placed them next to Spaceship Earth, but those details haven’t been verified.
Summarized, the interim show will explore the rich history of Epcot while the new show will resonate with those who want to see Disney characters injected into the nighttime entertainment.