BIRKET Engineering has completed work on Epcot’s© newest nighttime spectacle, “IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth”. The nightly show is the largest of its kind in the world, culminating a full day of entertainment that has been created for the year long Walt Disney World© Millennium Celebration.
Under the direction of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kirk Winteroth and Jerold Kaplan, the team designed, built, and installed the system to meet the show's October 1999 opening. During the critical period of rehearsals, the team provided round-the-clock support for the after-midnight "IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth" rehearsals while maintaining support for the daily maintenance and running of the original show. The schedule demanded that the new control system be phased into service as equipment was renovated or delivered. This put the system's architecture to the test as it incrementally replicated the old show's functions one-by-one while remaining ready to rehearse the new show at 11:00 each night after the park closed.