• On Jan 25, 2018
    Betsy from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do you have to have a fast pass to see Illuminations?

    Hi Betsy and thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is absolutely magnificent and I'm so glad you are including it in your plans. The technology is amazing and includes not only fireworks but also video, powerful music and narrators you will recognize.

    I love how in-depth you are going with your planning as you are aware that there is a great FastPass+ available for viewing Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

    While it's a wonderful option, it's not necessary as there are oodles of locations available that will give you a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon. However, the FastPass+ location does provide optimal viewing.

    As you are enjoying Epcot throughout your day, you might scout out a couple of options that look good to you for the evening fireworks. As it gets closer to the start time, you will see that Guests will begin finding spots around the World Showcase to view Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. As you are making your selection, pay attention to the direction the wind is blowing. If you are able to, find an area where the smoke from the fireworks will blow away from you. If you are in the line of the smoke, it's not unmanageable but I want this to be as magical for you as possible.

    We typically find our spot around an hour or so before Illuminations: Reflections of Earth begins. I usually stay in our viewing area with a kiddo and my husband takes our other kiddo and grabs snacks and beverages for our family. We enjoy them prior to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth beginning and then we are always awed as the show unfolds and we watch the history of the planet as told by the amazing Disney Imagineers. It's stunning each and every time!
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