EPCOT’s (notice the spelling, it was still an acronym at this time) second night-time fireworks display was named New World Fantasy. As I was going through my archives I discovered a cache of original animation cels used to produce portions of the show.

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The Show

Debuting in the summer 1983, it was the second fireworks spectacular to run at EPCOT and featured classical music. The show featured floating barges that held rear-projection screens onto which these cels were projected onto throughout the show.

The show began with a Fanfare, by Paul Dukas, and was followed by 3 acts in the piece.

  1. Celebrations on Land
  2. Great Parades and Pageants
  3. Revelries in Pyrotechnics

The music ranged from well-known classical musicians like Beethoven to some lesser know artists like Smetana. Much of the music is available on Don Dorsey’s Busted album, although not the complete show.

Wrapping it up

There have been so many great shows over the years at the parks, that it is hard to remember them all. The stories seem to blend together through the lens of age, but to find some items like these helps to capture some elements in time. I will continue to bring more gems as I uncover them in the etckt.com archives.