September 21, 1996 – The IllumiNations 25 Evening Show Begins its Run
“Join us now as the countries of the World Showcase welcome all of you to our world wide family.”
On September 21, 1996, the 25th anniversary edition of the IllumiNations evening fireworks show, titled IllumiNations 25, began its run near the World Showcase of Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. This version of the show, sponsored by General Electric, featured new music, including the song “Remember the Magic,” which was used as a salute to the World Showcase. This version of the show ran until May 18, 1997; a second version of the 25th celebration show, featuring the classical music from the original show, began May 19, 1997, and ran until January 31, 1998.