Archive: Millennium Celebration
Read the press releases from
Walt Disney World about the Millennium Celebration at
Walt Disney World begining October 1, 1999 and running
through January 1, 2001. This page is now
out-of-date, but we're keeping it online for historical purposes.
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Celebration Too Big For Just One Night
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World
Resort will welcome the millennium with a 15-month
celebration that marks this momentous turn of the
calendar with grand spectacles, breathtaking new
entertainment, breakthrough technologies and sights,
sounds and tastes from around the globe.
From Oct. 1, 1999 through Jan. 1, 2001, guests can come
together and commemorate the millennium at a Walt Disney
World celebration centered at Epcot. Amid the magic and
wonder of Walt Disney World Resort, they will create
memories to last a lifetime.
The spectacle will take the theme "Celebrate the
Future Hand in Hand."
"Walt Disney once referred to Epcot as a 'living
blueprint of the future,' " said Al Weiss, president
of Walt Disney World Resort. "And it is in
thatspirit that we welcome the world to celebrate the
millennium at this, our discovery park."
In true Disney fashion, a spectacular line-up of daily
entertainment -- including an opening ceremony for the
new millennium filled with larger-than-life figures and
adorned in vibrant colors -- will dazzle guests of all
ages. Soaring some 20 feet above performers dressed in
elaborate costumes, these enormous figures (more than
120) whimsically represent all regions of the world.
To the sounds of an original musical score, the
puppet-like figures will join 16 gigantic percussion
units, designed to resemble colossal timepieces, for a
moving spectacle, "Tapestry of Nations."
A global party follows as cultures from around the world
join together for an unparalleled extravaganza. This
street festival will be performed twice daily and will
march past the global pavilions of World Showcase.
For the millennium celebration, Epcot is introducing
"IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth," an
all-new nighttime spectacular filled with the fiery glow
of torches, a high-energy soundtrack, sky-piercing lasers
and thunderous fireworks. More than a simple update, the
show has been created from scratch, with more than 30
percent more fireworks than any prior Epcot show.
The skies above World Showcase Lagoon will transform into
a kaleidoscope of colorful pyrotechnic bursts. Comets
will streak across the sky as video images displayed
across a giant sphere tell Earth's incredible tale. Then,
the sphere blossoms like a flower, exposing a brilliant
ball of fire and
setting up the show's emotional finale. Dreams of hope
for a better tomorrow are cast as the music soars, lasers
shoot skyward, fireworks illuminate the night and flames
leap across the surface of the lagoon.
This breathtaking new show will be presented nightly
during the millennium celebration.
The millennium celebration will invite countries and
companies from around the world to gather at Epcot to
showcase their contributions to the new millennium.
Dozens of nations and international presenters will take
part in the multicultural festivities at Millennium
Village, an all-new World Showcase pavilion opening as
part of the celebration. Upon entering the attraction,
guests will become immersed in a collection of exotic
smells, sights and sounds from this exciting "new
world." Within its borders are no borders, making it
easy for guests to wander freely and discover its rich
content including exhibits from more than 35 countries,
the United Nations and World Bank. Guests will journey
through a Brazilian rainforest, experience first hand the
four seasons of Sweden and meet artisans from across the
At the front of the park, Future World will welcome Epcot
guests to the milestone event. With themes of science and
technology providing inspiration, Future World guests
quickly become immersed in this interactive festival.
The adventure threads throughout Future World with novel
exhibits and activities which celebrate today, the
greatest technological age the world has ever known. In
preparation for the new millennium, Disney Imagineers
have completely reinvented Innoventions, where guests
preview the future of technology today in a showcase of
the latest products for the home, work and play.
Guests also can literally leave their mark as a lasting
memory of their millennium visit at Leave a Legacy.
Etched on a limited edition commemorative metallic tile,
their photo is then mounted on one of 30 sculptured
granite monoliths near Spaceship Earth.
Reminiscent of other world-class celebrations, such as
the Olympics, guests can interact with other guests and
Disney cast members through pin-trading. Guests can
purchase pins at several Walt Disney World locations,
including inside each of the four major theme parks and
Downtown Disney, or choose to trade pins they've brought
from home. Limited edition pins will be offered as part
of a variety of Walt Disney World vacation packages.
For the occasion, Epcot's Spaceship Earth will be topped
off with giant, glittering "2000" numerals.
Soaring from a star-topped wand held by Sorcerer Mickey's
unmistakable gloved hand, the whimsical symbol will offer
guests a larger-than-life welcome.
"With the international cultures of World Showcase
and the technological attractions of Future World, Epcot
is the natural setting for an event that draws together
all mankind in a celebration of what lies ahead,"
"As we move toward the new millennium, Epcot will
highlight those things which make our cultures unique and
those things that bind humanity. Walt Disney World will
be a place where our guests can celebrate this moment in
time in a spirit of fun and also discover the exciting
breakthroughs that lie ahead."
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