Lite 99
Tampa's Feel Good Favorites

We’ve seen so many changes in Disney World just over the past four years.


This is especially true with nighttime entertainment. In Magic Kingdom, Disney introduced the Disney Enchantment fireworks show to celebrate Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. So here’s the thing…fans still preferred the Happily Ever After fireworks show, which ended up making a return once the 50th anniversary celebration had ended. Could we see something similar happen in EPCOT?

Okay, so let’s get back to Disney Enchantment. The fireworks show was never a big hit with Disney World fans, who insisted that Happily Ever After was the better nighttime show. So Disney brought back Happily Ever After and even updated the show, adding projections along Main Street, U.S.A., which many Disney fans believe made it even better. For many Disney World visitors, Happily Ever After is a show that should NOT be missed.

Happily Ever After

Over in EPCOT, many fans actually complained about the 50th anniversary nighttime show, Harmonious. Most preferred the previous nighttime show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which hasn’t been performed at EPCOT since 2019. After that, EPCOT Forever served as a filler nighttime show until Harmonious premiered. Harmonious ended in April 2023, at which time EPCOT Forever returned to fill in until a new show, Luminous The Symphony of Us premiered later in the year. 


So here’s the thing, where folks talked a LOT about Harmonious (usually, critically), we’re not hearing much of anything about Luminous, which seems somehow worse. If anything, no one seems to care much for Luminous, like it’s just there. It’s certainly not a show that we see recommended as a must-see in Disney World. It doesn’t seem to be a show that Disney fans hate, but more of a show that they’re just ambivalent about. This new show just isn’t really making its mark.


So what does this mean? Well, Luminous was meant to act as a sort of tribute to celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary, so could it end so that a previous show could return to EPCOT? We’re not talking about EPCOT Forever, either, which has always been a sort of temporary show between shows. We’re wondering if Luminous might not go the way of Harmonious and be replaced with a new version of Illuminations? 

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

For one thing, like Happily Ever After, Illuminations is a fan-favorite show, and if you ask many Disney fans, many might say that it’s better than both Harmonious and Luminous. With Luminous getting such lackluster attention, we can’t help but think Disney might decide to bring back a more popular show like Illuminations. Of course, Disney has not yet revealed any such intention, but well, we can dream, right?


We’ll have to keep an eye out to see if Disney might be considering bringing back Illuminations, but for now, we’ll just have to enjoy Luminous A Symphony of Us while we can.

Stay tuned to DFB for more.

I was a Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Member in EPCOT, and This is How Many Times I Had to Call 911 for Guests

Join the DFB Newsletter to get all the breaking news right in your inbox! Click here to Subscribe!


Oh boy, planning a Disney trip can be quite the adventure, and we totally get it! But fear not, dear friends, we compiled EVERYTHING you need (and the things to avoid!) to plan the ULTIMATE Disney vacation.

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, our insider tips and tricks will have you exploring the parks like never before. So come along with us, and get planning your most magical vacation ever!

What do you think? Would you like to see Illuminations return to EPCOT? Sound off in the comments!

The post Disney Made a Major Change in Magic Kingdom…It Could Be a Clue for a Huge Update in EPCOT! first appeared on the disney food blog.