DISNEY: EPCOT'S ILLUMINATIONS COMING TO AN END

 Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

The fireworks and laser show that has entertained guests at Epcot for decades is coming to end sometime in the second half of 2019, according to Walt Disney World Resort. Details are limited on the replacement but some rumors suggest that it will involve drones while others suggest it will utilize technology similar to that of World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure.

The closing of Illuminations Reflections of Earth has been anticipated as work could be seen going on in the lagoon area where the show takes place.

"... We’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will ‘Wow!’ guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park,” the Disney said.

Epcot is getting even more attractions including a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion, opening in 2021. Construction of a Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster is underway near the former Universe of Energy Pavilion and that too is scheduled to open in 2021. Plus, Disney is building the Skyliner, a new gondola transportation system that will bring guests from several resort hotels to Epcot and Hollywoods Studios.

What are your thoughts on the closing of Illuminations? Sad to see it go or looking forward to something new?

Darren W. specializes in Walt Disney World Resort travel.