We've gathered here tonight around the fire as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us... to share the light... and to share a story. An amazing story as old as time itself, but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. I hope you enjoy our story tonight: Reflections of Earth.
Have you ever found yourself standing in a Disney Theme Park and suddenly realize that the music you are enjoying is causing an emotional response? That the music you are listening to makes you feel something bigger than childhood nostalgia?
I'm sure the most novice of Disneyphile has already guessed where my quote comes from. For those who are still trying to place where they know those words from, they are from IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. It is EPCOT's nightly pyrotechnic masterpiece.
Every person has a favorite nighttime event at Walt Disney World and for many of us, we are very passionate about their favorite. My wife loves Wishes! but I'm an IllumiNations man.
For me, it's not a Disney vacation until I hear the words quoted above. But the real punctuation mark is when the narrator blows out the gigantic propane torches that surround the World Showcase Lagoon.
So, you are probably wondering what the meaning is behind the title of this post.....
Those who know me in the real world, know that I'm not a very religious person. But, I have been around religion, specifically Christian faiths, enough to know many people who love to talk about their favorite Church Hymn. The people will gladly tell you the emotional response they have when they hear these particular pieces of church music. Some will even go as far as to tell you how they feel like they can take on the world after hearing their favorite hymn. But, in an even greater case, they will tell you the hymn gives them a warm, all-encompassing feeling of being loved.
Well, it was during our trip in September 2007, while sitting around the World Showcase Lagoon watching IllumiNations that I noticed that I was having many of these feelings I have heard my more religiously inclined friends talk about.
It was at this time that I came to the conclusion that secular music could have the same impact on people as the non-secular tunes people enjoy every Sunday at their favorite religious service.
When I'm watching this particular spectacular at EPCOT, I cannot help but get into the music. To me it's like a musical roller coaster. There is a point near the middle of the show where I always feel like I have just climbed the big hill and it is going to be nothing but thrills to follow. I'm not a musical person, but I think that's called building up to a crescendo.
The music tugs at my heartstrings which I find amazing since it's mostly an instrumental score.
To top everything off, you get some highly choreographic pyrotechnic displays which seem perfectly matches to the musical score.
During MouseFest 2007, I was able to get an added bonus in the form of the Holiday Tag at the end of IllumiNations. As I think I described it in my Trip Report, it was like an explosion of glitter in the sky.
Sometimes when I'm feeling a bit down and suffering from a rather serious case of Post Disney Depression (PDD), I listen to the IllumiNations soundtrack.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to my 2008 trip to Disneyworld so I can get another dose of my favorite Disney Hymn performed by the masters who made it great.
What is your favorite Disney Hymn?