/ Sunday, January 29th, 2012

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard


THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY

January 30, 1988 – IllumiNations debuts in E.P.C.O.T. Center

Did you know?

Illuminations, the night-time fireworks and laser show at EPCOT, has gone through several changes since its debut in early 1988. In 1996, the show’s name was changed to IllumiNations 25 to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 25th anniversary. In 1998 the show was changed to IllumiNations 98 and then again changed in 1999 to IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth to celebrate the new Millennium.  On January 1, 2001, with the close of the 15 month celebration of the new Millennium, the show’s name was once again changed to the present -IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Voice actor, Jim Cummings, narrates Illuminations. His work is also heard throughout hundreds of television shows and feature films including many Disney favorites: The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was awarded Best Outdoor Night Production show by Gold Ticket Awards in 2009

The show costs an average of $17,000 a night

Other Notable Disney Dates:

January 29, 1941- Disney’s film, Fantasia, premiere’s in Hollywood

January 29, 1996 – The Lion King wins Favorite Soundtrack at the 23rd American Music Awards

January 29, 2004 – Disney announces it will release its first ‘in-house’ computer animated film in 2005, Chicken Little

January 30, 2007 – Demolition of Disney’s Racquet Club in the North Wing of the Contemporary Resort begins to make room for a new project (this project is what we see today as Bay Lake Tower)

January 31, 1998 – Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World is restored to its original glory after being transformed into a cake to celebrate WDW’s 25th anniversary

January 31, 2011 – the 33 rescued coal miners from Chile take part as Grand Marshals in a parade at the Magic Kingdom (a continuation of festivities with their families and rescuers that Disney provided to celebrate their courage after being trapped for 17 days)

February 1, 2003 – The Diamond Horseshoe Revue, an opening day attraction in the Magic Kingdom, has its last performance in Walt Disney World. The 1-hour show ran for over 30 years and was replaced with Goofy’s Country Dancin’ Jamboree.

February 2, 1967 – The documentary EPCOT is released in Florida describing Disney’s plans for Walt Disney World and EPCOT


Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.

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