Disney has announced that summer 2019 spells the end for its famous fireworks display at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The Epcot theme park will no longer run the IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth display that has been a fixture at Disney World for almost 20 years, making way for the launch of a brand new fireworks show.
The current display has been running at Epcot since 1999, and has captivated visitors from all over the world with dazzling fireworks, flaming torches and atmospheric music.
It’s something that many visitors remember long after they have returned home.
Fans of the iconic display are disappointed at the news, with one Twitter user writing: ‘RIP to Illuminations next year – best fireworks show at Disney’.
The Walt Disney World Resort confirmed the axing of IllumiNations, saying: ‘During the coming year, guests will have plenty of time to experience the nighttime spectacular again and again as excitement builds for what’s next.
‘The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is already busy creating new thrills to debut immediately following the conclusion of “IllumiNations,” continuing the tradition of nightly entertainment on the World Showcase Lagoon.’
The Disney team has also established that new experiences will be added to the park over the coming years, including a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster and an attraction based on Ratatouille.
Epcot is the second of the four theme parks in Florida that make up Walt Disney World.
It opened in 1982 and its name is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, which is a dream city supposedly imagined and planned by Walt Disney himself.
The IllumiNations show will certainly be missed, but there’s still time to see it if you haven’t visited the Epcot park yet (or you’ve seen it before and want to relive the experience).
Disney fans will have to wait to see whether the new fireworks spectacular lives up to its impressive predecessor.