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Old 09-18-2018, 10:54 AM   #1
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Illuminations finally ending

So my favourite EVER night-time show at Disney World has finally been confirmed as coming to an end Summer 2019. I know this show so well that I can hum the soundtrack all the way through and even know which bits the fireworks go off in. So sad. It always makes me tearful and in 2011 when we were watching it, my husband dropped to one knee and proposed just at the bit where the fireworks and music peak, about halfway through. (This isn't quite as romantic as it sounds, he had already proposed to me in Central Park, New York, the week before!)

Still, we will have something new to watch immediately after they finish, and at least I have had 19 years of it - must watch it several times in October this year in order to say farewell.
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I am so sad as well...... I might not have watched it on every trip but I do try to see it...my last time was in May of this year. I love seeing the film on that World and fireworks! I will make sure I see it again for next trip, that is for sure!



I feel like Disney is getting rid of the old things.....



I just hope that whatever they replace Illuminations is going to be just as Good..... but it won't ever replace it perfectly....
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I haven't seen it in a long time. I will miss it. I hope the replacement is as meaningful and spectacular.
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I love Illuminations and will miss it, too. So many memories of watching it with Stefanie. I do hope its replacement is even better.
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I am sad! Illuminations is also my favorite show.
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I'm glad we watched it twice last time I was there. It is my favorite out of all the nighttime shows. I really hope the new one isn't character driven and doesn't use movie music. The soundtrack was a major part of it's charm.
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I'm glad we watched it twice last time I was there. It is my favorite out of all the nighttime shows. I really hope the new one isn't character driven and doesn't use movie music. The soundtrack was a major part of it's charm.
This. I'm also hoping it's not based on movies or characters. It should be something with meaning, that goes with the theme of Epcot.
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One of my favorite things in all of WDW and an absolute must for every trip. I will be sad to see it go!
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IllumiNations is my favourite show at Disney too and I honestly burst into tears when I heard this news (while on the Magic). I will miss it so much, as it's got so many wonderful memories for me.
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We too are hoping it is replaced with something meaningful. It would bring us to tears every time and we usually see it at least 5 times per trip. I worry that it will lack a story that connects to the World showcase. I would like something with unity rather than division - fingers crossed.
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I'm so sad it is ending but at least I will get to see it one more time before it ends.
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I had read this.....So I saw it for the last time last night and felt very sad. Love this show
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