Epcot's Illuminations is the nightly fireworks presentation on the World Showcase Lagoon. It tells the history of the earth and celebrates all the cultures represented in the World Showcase. It is hard to secure a good viewing spot. The best thing to do is to secure your spot at least an hour before the show is scheduled to start. Or, just like I said about the Magic Kingdom fireworks, watch them as you are making your way out of the park to beat the mad rush, which brings us to the 3 best spots below.

  1. Entrance to the World Showcase—The best spot to watch Illuminations is between the two gift shops located at the entrance to the World Showcase over by Futureworld. Standing here gives you an unobstructed view of the World Showcase Lagoon, as well as a front row seat for the light show finale of the show.
  2. Right-side of the American Adventure Stage—Located on the opposite side of the entrance to the World Showcase, this area gives you a great view of the earth and the fireworks released during the show. However, you will need to turn around to experience the lighting of the various world showcase buildings.
  3. Rose and Crown Restaurant—Try to schedule your dinner reservations for this restaurant during the scheduled time of the evening’s show. This area is right along the water so it is a prime spot for watching Illuminations. However, just like in American Adventure, you may not be able to see the lights on the various buildings in each country.