• On Jan 25, 2019
    Michelle from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How early should we get a spot to watch the fireworks at Epcot? Can you sit anywhere around the lagoon? Would you recommend to bring a blanket to sit on?

    Hi Michelle! I absolutely LOVE IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth! I'm so glad you are including it in your vacation plan because it will be ending in the second half of 2019. It's such a treat to get to experience it.

    You have shared many fantastic questions with the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I can't thank you enough for allowing us to share tips and recommendations with you. You are being so through with your planning and I love it!

    This is another great question. We typically find a spot around the World Showcase Lagoon about an hour before IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth begins. Typically one or more of us will stay in our spot while others go and purchase snacks and/or beverages for our traveling party.

    There are oodles of great spots all around World Showcase Lagoon. We don't typically go to the same spot. Sometimes we pick a spot based on the location where we just dined. Other times, we select a spot based on which entrance we plan to leave Epcot. We have also selected a location based on a snack or beverage we plan to purchase while waiting for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth to begin. The best recommendation I can make is to pay attention to the wind. Try to avoid standing in a location where the wind is hitting you in the face. While it might feel nice to have the breeze blowing against you prior to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, it may not be as pleasant when the smoke from the fireworks, etc. makes it your way.

    As far as the blanket...it's a great idea but I advise against it. To begin, your view will be obstructed by the fences. Also - the majority of others will be standing so your view will either be blocked or you may accidentally get stepped on

    IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is such an amazing way to conclude a fun day in Epcot! Enjoy!

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