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Epcot: Opening & closing shows

Epcot opening Show

While all of the four major theme parks at Walt Disney World in Orlando (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios) have some sort of opening show, the opening show at Disney's Epcot theme park is probably the smallest with the least amount of fanfare.

Mickey greets guests at the Epcot opening
           Mickey greets the guests at Epcot's park opening

The crowd begins the countdown to opening at Disney's Epcot theme park

While visiting Epcot, you'll want to arrive at the gate about hour prior to the park's opening. You'll be with several hundred visitors who are just as anxious to enter the park as you are. There will be a few characters milling about to meet and greet the guests. Then the countdown begins...

Epcot IllumiNations closing show

With its laser lights, fireworks, synchronized fountains, and rousing music, the IllumiNations closing show at Epcot is thought by many to be the best of all closing shows at Walt Disney World. IllumiNations takes place over the World Showcase lagoon and you can expect MAJOR crowds.

Watch IllumiNations (part 1) NOW!

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Epcot fireworks during IllumiNations closing show
                           Epcot IllumiNations fireworks

Like the Wishes closing show at Magic Kingdom, there's a reason for the big crowds- it's worth it! The show centers around a large globe in the lagoon and can be seen from anywhere in the area. If you watch IllumiNations from near the Mexico pavilion, you'll be able to beat many of the crowds as they heard toward the exit at the close of the show. Add IllumiNations to your list of 'must do' activities on your next Disney vacation!

IllumiNations closing show fireworks at Disney's Epcot theme parkEpcot IllumiNations fireworks

 

 
 
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