This post features a couple of pieces of paper. Now doesn’t that sound exciting? But it’s what’s on these pieces of paper that should excite any Disney fan!
IllumiNations was a series of nightly fireworks shows at Epcot that incorporated lighting effects projected onto the various show buildings around the World Showcase. It shouldn’t be confused with the very popular nighttime spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which was created in 1999 for the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. There appears to have been at least two other fireworks shows between the two IllumiNations presentations.
So we go back in time to when Epcot was called EPCOT Center and IllumiNations was only reflections on buildings. And some fireworks:
Size: 3 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ – Paper Stock
So some of the effects included turning Germany into a gingerbread house, Canada into a forest, and France into a cabaret. Ooh la la! The beautiful lighting effects would stay on after Park closing to be enjoyed as guests walked out. Have a look for yourself:
And then there was the Florida Fantasy Giveaway! This promotion gave a 2-night stay at a luxurious Disney resort… and that was it. Not bad if you lived in Florida or a neighboring State, but if you had to purchase airfare and ground travel from abroad, it may not have been a worthwhile deal for you. This promotion was for 1988.
And now on to one of my all-time favorite attractions – The Main Street Electrical Parade:
Size: 4′ x 6 1/4″ – Card Stock
We go back another two years in time to 1986 for this wonderful promotion card. There are a half-million twinkling reasons to love this Parade! This was back when Disney dared to turn off all of the lights along Main Street to give guests the best viewing experience. Today, the lawyers would never allow such a level of darkness. Sigh. Although Energizer Batteries presented the Parade, the Energizer Bunny was not given a cameo.
On the back of this promotion card is a nice advertisement for The Disney Sunday Movie. Who didn’t grow up watching those?!? We all tuned in to the ABC network, many years before Disney bought them out in 1996.
Promotional Cards can take on many different forms. To see a nice set of postcard-like examples, given out by the Disney Vacation Club, check out ‘A Fairy Tale Vacation’ by clicking the link.