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A Spirit Born to Run: “We Go On”

Despite all the park audio I listen to during the week, there are only a few songs that can make me forget everything and feel like it’s just another day on a Disney vacation. “We Go On”, the ballad that serves as the finale of Illuminations: Reflection of Earth, is one of them. Immediately, I am transported back to Epcot and my many visits there during hot August summers with my family.

Illuminations: We Go On

As the crowds begin to dissipate, I can see myself trailing my parents as we walk along those dim paths to the front of the park, trying to soak in every moment of my favorite nighttime show — even if it was the fourth time I’d seen it on one trip.

With the stillness of the night
there comes a time to understand
to reach out and touch tomorrow 
take the future in our hand 

 We can see a new horizon
built on all that we have done
and our dreams begin another
thousand circles ’round the sun

Nowadays, I’m lucky enough to share my Illuminations obsession with my husband (and hopefully a beer from the Rose & Crown). When “We Go On” fills the park, we always joke that the singer sounds a lot like Celine Dion.

Let me know if you agree:

Turns out, the voice belongs to Kellie Coffey and (yay) she is a country singer, who has toured with George Strait and Kenny Chesney in the past. 

Kellie is no stranger to the Disney theme parks. In fact, she can be heard on the West Coast during the Christmas Spectacular finale at California Adventure, singing “White Christmas.”

(How I loved to have an excuse to listen to a Christmas carol before I really should…)

She also sang “When You Imagine” in the earlier part of the “Share a Dream Come True” parade at the Magic Kingdom. Catch a bit around 1:15. Don’t you just love this one?

Kellie has a gorgeous and a full voice, that punctuates the very meaning of the lyrics she is singing. “We Go On” is powerful and inspiring closing to a show that chronicles the creation of Earth and how the different humans and species that inhabit the planet co-exist, create, and make their mark.

We go on
To the joy and through the tears
We go on
To discover new frontiers
Moving on
With the current of the years.

I’m not going to lie. Don Dorsey’s lyrics get me every time. Especially on that evil last day of a vacation.

With Epcot’s birthday around the corner, I have a feeling Kellie’s voice will take up permanent residence in my head for the next few days…

About Estelle Hallick


Estelle is a Disney enthusiast with a soft spot for Muppets, theatre, and small details. She thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park, the BoardWalk feels like home, and nothing is better than watching Illuminations. When she's not writing about Disney, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and her husband, having adventures in Queens, New York. She can also be found geeking out over books at Rather Be Reading Blog.

Rich TSeptember 27, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Beautiful song, and a beautiful voice — and I *love* her rendition of “White Christmas!”

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