VIDEO - New perimeter lighting package on show at EPCOT'S main entrance

Mar 04, 2021 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT new main entrance color outline lights
Posted: Thursday March 4, 2021 7:37pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Today was a big day for EPCOT'S main entrance, with an all new soundtrack, the debut of the park's attraction icon flags and finally this evening the new lighting package for the perimeter buildings.

Surrounding the entrance area, the lighting outlines the roofline in a rainbow of color using new LED lighting with 3000 programmable zones that enable moving light effects along the more than 1200ft long strip.

There are a number of different sequences, with shades of blue, red and purple along with chasing effects.

The lights are most striking when fully dark, but can also be seen at dusk.

We have to wait until later in the year to see the new Spaceship Earth lighting effects, which will see a more elaborate use of light and music, but the new lights already on show bring an updated look to the area that is sure to be appreciated by guests.

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Lil Copter Cap10 hours ago

Clearly, they are noticeable enough to get attention (re: photos here on wdwmagic and elsewhere), but they plug the open holes that currently exist on the outside structure and I welcome this change. Dare I say that they add a more complete look than leaving the holes open/exposed? Once entirely distributed amongst the structure, it will bring cohesion in visual design as opposed to the current holes that are comprised of either a blackhole, inner support beams, or chipped points from the triangles. (Which I recognize is another conversation entirely on upkeep, or the lack thereof.)

Amused to Death10 hours ago

We'll have to see how visible the lights are on the bottom section. Some of the wiring looks a little sloppy, too.

kevlightyear12 hours ago

You can think of it as a trade-off between sacrificing the look of the structure for the pay-off of the effect. If the effect is good enough, the sacrifice is worth it. This is all subject to personal opinion of course. If you see the lights as objectionable under any circumstances, then no effect is worth it. But I think the general public will find the sacrifice minimal and the pay-off remarkable. It's not too dissimilar from the cinderella castle dream lights. The effect is cool enough (for most people?) that it's worth draping the castle in trashy wires for a few months. Those lights look dreadful up close during the day, but blend in better from far away. Also similarly, adding these lights to SSE isn't physically destructive so removing them will be an easier affair whenever that time comes. I'm really excited to see these lights in action.

marni197112 hours ago

Again, that’s opinion.

DisneyJayL12 hours ago

I was really upset with these lights that are being put on. Now that I have seen them in the proper setting, it really doesn’t look bad at all. Maybe it is just me!?! I think.

FigmentFan8212 hours ago

Well based on non-zoomed in photos that have been posted here they seem very unnoticeable

marni197112 hours ago

They have to. Or it’ll be even less seamless.

marni197112 hours ago

It’s called opinion. Same as yours.

FigmentFan8213 hours ago

You eyes won’t really be able to see them, so you’re sore for no reason

HauntedPirate13 hours ago


jt0413 hours ago

The concept art seems to indicate they will. In other words, who knows? But seriously, I hope they do. I don't mind the appearance at all. I mean all the FX lights when Innoventions opened were clearly visible. It's Epcot, they had new lighting technology, might as well display it.

JustInTime13 hours ago

I was wondering the same. I would think they would.

wdwmagic14 hours ago

I'mr really interested to see if these are going to cover every single location, particularly at the top and bottom.

JustInTime15 hours ago

They used to. Called Lights of Winter...