IllumiNations first premiered at Epcot in 1999, and had its final show on September 30, 2019. Today we’re sharing 8 final facts about this nighttime spectacular.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. World’s First Spherical Video System
- 2 2. 3 Stories Tall
- 3 3. 67 Computers run the show
- 4 4. the globe photos were not taken by Disney
- 5 5. there are Hidden Mirrors on the islands and rooftops
- 6 6. there are 19 regular Torches
- 7 7. and one Unity Torch
- 8 8. the control booth is located in Mexico
- 9 Wrapping It Up
1. World’s First Spherical Video System
The Earth Globe in IllumiNations is the world’s first spherical video display system!
2. 3 Stories Tall
The Earth Globe is over 3 stories tall and wrapped in over 180,000 light emitting diodes
3. 67 Computers run the show
The show needs 67 computers in 40 different locations to synchronize the lights, music, fireworks, and other effects
4. the globe photos were not taken by Disney
The pictures on the globe came from National Geographic, Image Bank, Archive Films, custom-shot live footage, and a single 3-D graphic animation
5. there are Hidden Mirrors on the islands and rooftops
To enhance the look of the lasers, bounce mirrors are hidden on islands and rooftops
6. there are 19 regular Torches
The 19 torches around World Showcase Lagoon each represent a century completed in the last two millennia.
7. and one Unity Torch
The 20th torch, called the Unity torch, represents the world coming together to celebrate the gift of life and land
8. the control booth is located in Mexico
The control booth is located at the top of the Mexico Pavilion! Each night “Mexico Control” called MCO to warn planes the show is starting. In the picture below, you can see the control booth window at the top.
Wrapping It Up
Are you sad to see this show go? Or are you excited for the new Epcot Forever show? Let us know in the comments!