'Points of Light' in place on the underside of Spaceship Earth for EPCOT'S 'Beacons of Magic' show

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Spaceship Earth point of lights on the underside - June 9 2021
Posted: Wednesday June 9, 2021 1:03pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The rapid installation of the 'Points of Light' at Spaceship Earth is continuing this week with lights now in position on the very bottom of the structure.

Lights have now been put into almost all of the most difficult locations to access, including the very top, overhangs and areas close to the supports.

The lights installed in the lower sections also offer a nice closeup look of the custom lighting modules that Imagineering is using for these new lighting effects at the EPCOT centerpiece.

The main LED will shine light outwards and is surrounded by a number of smaller modules that will shine lighting to the side onto the panels of Spaceship Earth.

Concept art of the lighting shows what we can expect when the effect goes live later this year for the start of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebrations.


According to Imagineer Zach Riddley, "Her classic look will be maintained and accentuated through new colors and intensity in programmed expressions that extend into the new main entrance fountain and the entire World Celebration area."

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TikibirdLand2 days ago

You know, if they may the entrance really nice, there will be no need to step into the park to enjoy it. Love that idea!

J45463 days ago

heres a crappy render of what if they put a shanghai disneyland style mountain climbing/river rapid/soaring block of ride in this corner. Soaring would be accessed from water pavilion as a new underwater soaring style ride around the world through different bodies of water. the rive rapids and mountain climbing part would be accessed via pathways between the land/sea pavilion. i was realy lazy with pathway drawing but use your imaginiation. Imagine an awesome giant mountain like shanghai that you could climb, a great river rapids ride (which epcot doesnt have) and a new soarin' underwater style show. thats be a pretty cool use of space imo

Splashin' Ryan3 days ago

They're really beefing up the entrance area with new show tech, new ground lights, programmable lights on the overhang and fountain, new speakers on the ground and on the monorail beams, and the new points of light. I wonder if DAK or HS will get any more enhancements to their projection viewing areas before their 50th projections begin?

mnelson33 days ago

The “other site” is reporting new speakers installed around the entrance supposedly for the new projection show. Hopefully they are also doing this around WS.

Rich Brownn10 days ago

Which is weird because when I worked monorails (1975-1976) the monorails would close during thunderstorms. Train even got hit once approaching TTC and blew the beacon off the roof.

Goofyernmost11 days ago

For just a few million handed over to Disney on a yearly basis might just make your dream come true. The ball is you court now.

James Alucobond11 days ago

Permanent World Showplace in the middle with two lead-up islands for Oceania and the Caribbean is my dream scenario. World Showplace would become the centerpiece for the firework display and space on the two islands could be sold as premium viewing, eliminating the need for the table. Current World Showplace would be blown up for a Greece pavilion.

castlecake2.011 days ago

I was thinking something like this too, if they really wanted to they could get creative with landscaping to block most of these things, like some landscaped islands, or built up berms behind the countries, sorta like how they’re blocking the view of the new Star Wars hotel. But backside of france has shown us they don’t really care, until enough guests complaints make them care.

SpectroMickey8511 days ago

Sorry to go off topic from what you all were discussing haha. Might Epcot be getting a new Toll Booth? Oh, and transportation wise I vote for something that connects to Animal Kingdom. Coronado Springs needs a connection to something to haha.

sedati12 days ago

Actually, all they need to do is add some more islands or even little island nations that we could visit. Positioned correctly they could block out sightlines of distant monstrosities such as the hotels or Guardians. This was more in line with the original layout plan, and would also offer more than a single pathway 'round the lagoon.

Admiral0112 days ago

All we need to do is have WDI do a bunch of rock work over the two hotel buildings to make them look like mountains, leave a little of the top of the Dolphin exposed, repaint that as a Swiss ski chalet, and bam - problem solved. Two big hotel mountains in the background instead of Michael Graves’ monstrosities.

marni197112 days ago

It was always a post Skyliner project.

HauntedPirate12 days ago

You, vague? That's so unusual... 😂 :hilarious: Any idea if they are at least entertaining an east/west connector at this point, or did that die with the final price tag of the Skyliner and/or Covid?

marni197112 days ago

The thingy. Definitely not a cable car. They don’t snake.