A special edition of ILLUMINATIONS: REFLECTIONS OF EARTH was presented at EPCOT in Walt Disney World on the evening of that theme park’s 30the anniversary on October 1st 2012. Here is some really, REALLY primitive video of the event. The show ran 18 minutes long with the extra tribute fireworks, which reverberated in the ears and chest, and scared the heck out of the local flock of ducks (at about 17 minutes, 41 seconds, you’ll see a few of them leaving). We had the EXCELLENT harvest moon alongside the show too, dancing in and out of clouds that flashed frequently with heat lightning. It was nice of Disney to arrange that for us 😉 Hope you all enjoy.
I quite forgot about “Photo Friday”, since I’m not really into the routine of it yet. This week’s prompt is GATHERING, and I’m offering a photo of folks “gathered” down by the lagoon in the World Showcase at EPCOT to view Illuminations, the nightly fireworks spectacular. Illuminations is all about GATHERING together and telling stories, about communicating the story of US, of humankind. As the narrator puts it each night –
“Good evening, on behalf of Walt Disney World, the place where dreams come true, we welcome all of you to Epcot and World Showcase. We’ve gathered here tonight, around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us; to share the light and to share a story. An amazing story, as old as time itself but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. We hope you enjoy our story tonight; Reflections of Earth.”
People shoving themselves and their kids between the tables at the rails. People seated beyond the rails who were apparently expecting to remain seated while watching are pissed off. And don’t tell me your kid got to be five and you didn’t know she screams and cries and covers her ears. People are heartless.
🙂 One night during my May whirlwind weekend trip to Walt Disney World, my brother, the infamous “Chez Bro”, had a surprise for us. He’d hired a boat to take us out on a cruise from Disney’s Contemporary resort on Bay Lake over to the Seven Seas Lagoon, where we would watch Wishes from out on the water. After we’d had dinner at The Wave, we met some of our local Orlando-area cousins up in the Contemporary’s lounge for a drink, and then we proceeded to the Contemporary’s dock. Our skipper met us there with a cooler full of soft drinks and a basket of snacks. It was a fairly warm night, no need for a jacket. The skipper guided us under the monorail bridge and then over the water bridge that passes over the road leading to and from the front entrance of the Contemporary (the road actually passes under the water!). Soon we were floating in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon. We could see the light parade floating in the distance but by time we caught up with it, the show was over and the barges were dark.
After a while, the fireworks started and they were spectacular! Here, you can see the castle is lit in blue, lurking behind the train station. Mostly, our skipper tried to float us into a position where we could see the castle off to one side, but sometimes we listed away – this was one of those times.
Here, we’ve righted our position, and you can see the castle again, this time in lavender. I took many, many pictures but it was difficult to get clean shots due to the movement of the boat. These two were the best of the bunch. It was a wonderful experience and I’d certainly love to have the opportunity to do it again.
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I’m pretty much an idiot for not reading the manual (“RTFM”, as we say in technology; the “F” is the same as in another popular acronyn, “FUBAR”). I get to the part where the pretty blue stuff is in the air and I realize I’ve got a camera in my hand that I’ve not really tried with fireworks before. Therefore, I have NO CLUE what setting it wants. There’s one that looks like a guy with a star over his head, so I pick that one. Uh-uh, blurry mess. Then there’s one that looks like a party in a cornucopia – all these streamers and confetti things coming out of it. While I don’t know what that one is for (yeah, I’ve been home for three days and I’ve not sought the manual yet), I do know it took a better photo of fireworks than the star-hovering-over-the-stick-dude setting did. Photo taken with a Canon Powershot SX110IS during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”, the nightly fireworks and multimedia show held at EPCOT in Walt Disney World
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