The spectacular cosmic explosion which begins the show is made possible through the use of Disney’s patented Air Launch Fireworks (ALF) technology. 1,105 shells are fired during each show. Two special floating fireworks effects were created specifically for the show: Starfield Effect and Floating Torches. The effects in the show include a unique palette of colors featuring: mint green, pumpkin orange, lagoon blue and lavender.
Shell types: comets, candles, mines, shells, tailed shells, crossettes, scattering bees, whistles, reports/salutes, ground effects, floaters.
The three photos from China fireworks companies are from home videos recorded during a trip to three of China’s most famous fireworks manufacturers in February 1999: Hop Kee Pyrotechnics Ltd. on February 9, 1999; Mantsuna Fireworks on February 10, 1999, and SUNNY Fireworks on February 11, 1999. Workers in China assemble aerial firework shells for delivery to Disney in Orlando, Florida to be used in Epcot’s Illumination: Reflections of Earth.
The first photograph, below, shows workers in China assembling aerial firework shells.
The second photograph shows racks of firework shells awaiting packaging and shipment to Disney in Orlando, Florida for EPCOT’s Illumination: Reflections of Earth.
The third photo shows firework shells headed to the U.S. One of thousands of boxes of fireworks headed for Disney in Orlando. The reverse of the box reads: “Keep flame away.”.
Don Dorsey is currently in his twenty-eighth year as audio production consultant, and seventeenth year as a designer and director of fireworks and night time spectacular shows (including Laserphonic Fantasy, IllumiNations and Sorcery in the Sky) for Disney theme parks. For seventeen years he served as the main audio recording and post-production engineer for the Entertainment Division of the Disneyland Park, manning console knobs and faders for recording sessions with Mickey and his cohorts, and for musical groups which ran the gamut from bagpipes, steel drums and accordion to marching band, 100-voice choir and symphony orchestra. His electronic arrangements and performances for Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade have been heard by an estimated 100 million Disney park guests around the world. Don continues to develop new entertainment projects and technology for Disney parks around the world, and in 1999 created and directed the new nighttime show for Epcot, Reflections of Earth, to celebrate the new Millennium.
Individuals who played roles in the creation of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Millennium reunited at EPCOT on September 30, 2009, for a 10 year reunion of the premiere of Reflections of Earth on September 30, 1999. This is the group photo of all those present.
Check out the LINKS below.
SEARCH OrlandoMemory.info for more information on “Reflections of Earth.”