Millennium Celebration

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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

The Millennium Celebration was a celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort of the changing of the millennium. The celebration ran from October 1, 1999 to January 1, 2001. The celebration was primarily based at Epcot, with its emphasis on human potential and the possibilities of the future. The changes at Epcot included:

  • A Mickey Mouse hand holding a wand over Spaceship Earth with the text "2000".
  • Millennium Central: a re-themed area in front of the Fountain of Nations.
  • IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth, the new nightly fireworks show.
  • Tapestry of Nations: a new parade about unity and world peace featuring large puppets.
  • Millennium Village: a large building with many small attractions that represent other countries that are not in World Showcase.
  • The Millennium Dreamers global children's summit, sponsored by McDonalds and UNESCO, took place the first week of May 2000. Two thousand children and teenagers who won an essay contest on volunteerism and philanthropy took to Epcot and the other parks for workshops, symposiums, behind the scenes tours, and private functions that allowed kids to network and learn about different cultures and customs from their selected peers.

Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand was the theme song of the celebration, and was released on the 1999 Walt Disney World Official Album. Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration contained this song as well as the soundtracks of the fireworks show and the parade. This CD was also available in a slightly different form on the Walt Disney World: Yearlong Millennium Celebration CD, a promotional album available to purchasers of Energizer batteries.

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