Ok, definately the much needed refrub of the earth glode in Illuminations, Reflects of Earth, has begun, and currently the Globe is not being used during the show.
Which I must say, makes the show a bit perplexing. How it is that its called Reflections of Earth when there is no earth to reflex what so ever.
The current version isn't bad, in fact, I will say that those who are board during the 2.5 minutes that its just the Earth evolving, via
revolving video Presentation can rejoice. That part of the show has been completely removed. For me, it caught me off guard a bit. If you have ever seen Epcot's NYE show, you know that the World Showcase Pavillions are still capable of doing more then just lighting up and sparkling. And I was expecting that they would utilize this option during parts where the globe use to be.
Instead, right were the part where the earth first appears, and for the next 2.5 minutes or so from that point, is gone. Completely removed. Nothing is done instead of the globe, its just totally skipped! Next thing you know your where the fireworks being to be used again.
From this point, the are some parts of the show were the globe was utilized and these parts are short enough that they were kept. In some cases, so token fireworks fill in the gap, in others, nothing happen except the music building to a cresendo.
Many will love this, but it does shorten the show, and the for those into the story of the show, well that is temporarily completely lost. In its refurbishment version, there is no story. Just music and Fireworks.
Its not what I would have done, but overal its really not bad. Still enjoyable and the trade off it totally worth.... the globe was in really bad shape. IN that respect, I have a suggestion for Epcot.
Instead of adding a holiday tag to Reflections of Earth between Thanksgiven and December 31st, why not bring back the old Holiday Illuminations, as it was allowing the globe to remain back stage for refurbishment for one month of every year.
The old Holiday Illuminations could easily be done with out the globe. It did untilize a sphere but that sphere was never really the focal point of the show.