Epcot’s ‘IllumiNations’ Show is Ending Next Summer

VIP Seating for Illuminations
9pm:  Caroline watching the beginning of the IllumiNations show at Epcot.  We had VIP seating.

After almost two decades, Walt Disney World is ending IllumiNations, the pyrotechnic, laser light and fireworks show which lights up the sky above Epcot every night at 9pm.

Disney Parks announced this week that the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” show would be replaced with a brand new show with new music in summer 2019.

“IllumiNations” debuted in 1999 as part of the Disney Parks Y2K celebration of the new millennium.

We will miss it!

It’s 9pm…so you know where we are!
Hidden Mickey in the fireworks!


Whoo-hoo!!! Light them up!
Watching the 4th of July special fireworks show at the end of IllumiNations. WOW!!!
So loud!
Must be 9:01pm!  So loud!


Grand Finale!!!
The show’s Grand Finale!!!
CP Moment Illuminations
CP Moment: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.


Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


car DAK costume
Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/


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