Epcot’s IllumiNations False Finale

For frequent Disney visitors the so-called “False Finale” is a well-known theme park trick. But, for first timers and those not as familiar with theme park fireworks, it is important to know that it’s not over ’til the big, fat fireworks sing.


The IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth firewo...
The IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show at Epcot at Walt Disney World. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On many occasions I have attempted to spare the disappointment of countless park guests, trying to explain that they shouldn’t leave the park until the fireworks are really over. I’ve seen it happen during Magic Kingdom’s Wishes fireworks, but most of all during Epcot’s IllumiNations.


After a good five minute lull in the fireworks, the would-be finale comes alive and excitement fills the air.  As the last royal blue fireworks crackle through the air, many guests turn around and head to the exit.  Two minutes later, the skies erupt again to the disappointment of these guests.


Globe Opens revealing final unity torch during...


It is such a shame, and their loss.  It is hard to think of a more inspiring theme park song than the finale’s “We Go On”.  I remember after September 11, 2001 bawling my eyes out when the air was filled with the lyrics of “We Go On”.

We go on, To the joy and through the tears, We go on, To discover new frontiers, Moving on, With the current of the years.

I remember in 2008 working for Disney in a temporary position, not knowing what job, if any, I would have in a few short weeks, but I knew I would go on because of that inspiring finale.


Here in this video from “sonocox” on YouTube you can see the two minute break (at minute 1:30) between the “false finale” and the real one.  Watch, enjoy, and pass on the knowledge to someone not in-the-know.




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