New Year’s Eve at Epcot is always a blast! This year there were four DJ parties, two fireworks shows and one enormous park-wide party! Let’s start with a highlights video:
Music from the stage was broadcast all around the fountain from these speakers. This is why the flow of the fountain is so low today — the roar of the rushing water would have drowned out some of the music from the speakers.
To ease congestion, there were two backstage routes between World Showcase and Future World. This year they operated all night long, beginning with the first fireworks show. This year, the Canada-to-Imagination backstage route had a leg over to the Land pavilion.
That leg to the Land pavilion was a fantastic idea. It allowed you to quickly duck back and forth between the party at World Showcase, and shorter lines in the Land’s food court for food and beverages.
The constellation Orion joins the party, appropriately at Imagination. The three stars in the row in the middle are Orion’s belt. The rest of Orion is the two trapezoids seen here to left and right of his belt. Orion’s torso is to left, his legs to the right.
Cones just like this are usually seen in this area during the full 26.2 mile marathon. In the last several years, two different starting legs begin the merge together here, at about mile 3.3 in the course.