Epcot’s IllumiNations Ending Sept 30, 2019!

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March 2019: Watching IllumiNations with family for the last time!  IllumiNations has been the 9pm fireworks show a Epcot for nearly 20 years!

After two decades, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will have its final performance this evening, and the new, temporary Epcot Forever fireworks show will debut Tuesday evening, October 1, 2019 at 9pm.

The current nighttime show opened as part of the park’s Millennium Celebration in 1999 and, after the event ended in 2001, the popular nighttime show remained.

Celebrating the history of Epcot via its music, characters and vision, the new Epcot Forever show will use massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers, and special effect kites.  The “Epcot Forever” kites will be viewable at night thanks to unique built-in lighting.

Watch preview of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Illuminated Kites flying high during the Epcot Forever fireworks show preview.

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Epcot Forever:  October 1, 2019

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HarmonioUS at Epcot“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth/Epcot Forever” will be replaced in early 2020 by “HarmonioUS,” a new nighttime spectacular that celebrates the role of Disney music in uniting the world.  Disney promises the new show will be “the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park”.

Expect this new fireworks show to last at least 20 years.

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HarmonioUS

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The IllumiNations “Farewell” Merchandise Has Arrived!!!

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Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch. Magic Band, $27.99

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Whoa.  Tons of Farewell IllumiNations merch this month at Mouse Gear.

The new Farewell IllumiNations merchandise arrived at Epcot this month.

The main logo for the merchandise features Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch surrounded by fireworks. Of course, Mickey Mouse blowing out the torch is fitting because of the iconic opening of the show where the narrator blows out the torches at the end of the opening monologue.

The farewell collection can be found at Mouse Gear until early October 2019.

(Cast members can expect it to show up at Cast Connections by Nov. 1st.)

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T-shirt, $29.99

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Ball cap, $27.99

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Travel tumblers, $18.77

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Disney LE pin, $15.99

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We watched IllumiNations for one final time with our family in March 2019:

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All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.  Lovely.

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Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful – and VERY LOUD – music.

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CP Moment #18: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

9pm at Epcot.  We’ll miss this fireworks show!  We’ve grown up with it.

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It’s 9pm…so you know where we are!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

Epcot’s IllumiNations Fireworks Show Ending September 2019

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March 2019: Watching IllumiNations for the last time!

Disney Parks announced this week that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will have its final show on September 30, 2019.  It premiered on October 1, 1999.

The new fireworks show called Epcot Forever will debut at 9pm on October 1, 2019.

Watch preview of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Kites flying high during new the Epcot Forever fireworks show preview this week.

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Epcot Forever

This is a temporary fireworks show until the new IllumiNations replacement show premieres in early 2020.

The official replacement for IllumiNations, yet unnamed, will debut in 2020 and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. The yet-unnamed show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world.

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We watched IllumiNations one final time last month:

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All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.

epcot illuminations

Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful music.

CP Moment Illuminations

CP Moment #18: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

9pm at Epcot.  We’ll miss this fireworks show!  We’ve grown up with it.

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 We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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IllumiNations

It’s 9pm…so you know where we are! #TwoDisneySisters

     

VIP Seating for Illuminations

VIP Seating for Illuminations

Caroline watching the beginning of the Illuminations show.

In October, Caroline won the Grand Prize at a DAK Cast Member party – VIP premium seating at Illuminations in EPCOT for four!!!!

Two days before Christmas, we went over to Epcot for the evening with our friends. We bought some hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies before the show. Our VIP seats for Illuminations were outside the Italy pavilion.  It was great! 🙂

So loud!

So loud!

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Grand Finale!!!

Grand Finale!!!

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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

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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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Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World 2013 at Epcot.

Holidays Around the World 2013 at Epcot.

We went over to Epcot for the evening with our friends. Caroline won four tickets for VIP IllumiNations seating outside the Italy pavilion. We bought some hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies before the show.

Hot chocolate with friends.

Hot chocolate with friends.

Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery

Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery

Gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven!

Gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven!

We also got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of my favorite country singers, Trace Adkins. It was a wonderful Christmas-y evening with good friends.

Huge Christmas tree at American pavilion.

Huge Christmas tree at American pavilion.

Holiday Culinary Treats from Around the World

Holiday Passport 2013

Holiday Passport 2013

Embark on a tour of festive holiday tastes as you gift your senses with the flavors of the season.

All around Epcot, a host of colorful locations are busy preparing savory eats, mouthwatering sweets and delightful customary dishes—from classic offerings you know and love, to international food and beverage items you may be trying for the first time. Discover the unique delicacies available at each area, including:

Future World : The Land – Future World West
Gingerbread village and bar
Canada Pavilion : Canada Beer Cart
Pecan maple bark

The American Adventure Pavilion
Gingerbread men
Chocolate chunk cookies
Sugar cookies
Hot chocolate
Hot apple cider
Peppermint bark

Germany Pavilion
Glűhwein (hot spiced wine)
Stollen (holiday fruit cake)

China Pavilion
Kaikouxiao (happy face fried cake)

United Kingdom Pavilion
“Apple Jack”

France Pavilion
Bûche de Noël au chocolat
Glace au pain d’Epices (gingerbread ice cream)

Japan Pavilion
Teriyaki chicken karaage (bite-sized chicken chunks with teriyaki sauce)

Norway Pavilion
Rice cream

Mexico Pavilion
Sweet tamales

In addition, be on the lookout for several outdoor stops where you can purchase featured drinking mugs and souvenir popcorn buckets too!

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