Spaceship Earth joins the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts with a new lighting design and The Muppets singing 'Rainbow Connection'

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Spaceship Earth Festival of the Arts lighting design
Posted: Friday January 14, 2022 4:07pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Spaceship Earth has a brand new lighting design debuting today as part of the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.

According to Disney, "Spaceship Earth will be painted nightly in a spectrum of light. As the festival celebrates the artistry of the world, color and imagination play an important role and the latest Spaceship Earth lighting design reflects those ideas. The core values of EPCOT and the optimistic symbolism of Spaceship Earth are perfectly complemented by The Muppets singing “Rainbow Connection” with this new look.

The new lighting is achieved through the use of the 2000 point-of-light LEDs that were installed as part of the new look for the main entrance of the park in late 2021. Designers have been creating new looks for the EPCOT icon to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and most recently the holiday season.

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Lands of Wonder1 day ago

The entrance is such a tease, if We had no idea what was in store for the rest of the park we’d have a high and a big crash of a disappointment. At the same time if Epcot were then what it’s going to become we’d never be upset.

Thelazer1 day ago

You can literally hear half of TDO whispering "Why didn't I think of that?"

Brer Oswald1 day ago

The Muppet song fees random. Almost like they’re using it because WDI feels obligated to use them in some way. Not that it’s really that intrusive to begin with, but the cobbled together Spotify podcast evokes more of an Epcot feeling than this. Playing the Arts section of the original JII would make more sense “Green summer hills, and rainbows play a part. A painter’s brush, a work of art!”. Fits the festival better too. Even Captain EO music would fit better.

UNCgolf1 day ago

I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it's unwatchable, but it definitely doesn't have the impact (for me) that the original version would.

CastAStone1 day ago

Agreed. This is the version from the Jason Segal Muppets movie and it’s awful. They sing the verses with this bizarre rhythm where they sing the third syllable of each line on the offbeat instead of on the beat and it is horrific. It makes me sad to listen to it. if they’d used the version from The Muppet Movie it would be wonderful. Instead it’s unwatchable.

mandstaft1 day ago

Karen Carpenter's version of "Rainbow Connection" is outstanding.

Epcot82Guy1 day ago

The version choice isn't my favorite. (I love that version - just for this use.). But that's artistic choice. More importantly, that shows how to use Beacons of Magic. It was subtle. It built through the show. It used the "flashy"and "gaudy" - but in the finale. And it let SSE's beauty shine through. As stated, this is the best add and should have been the direction for all of the Epcot redo. At least someone gets it.

Lands of Wonder1 day ago

They Have the Caldor colors on those paint cans.

Vinnie Mac2 days ago

Is this supposed to be fascinating.

UNCgolf2 days ago

Possibly, but I think it's supposed to be a mellow song -- the lyrics don't really make sense otherwise. I also think mellow fits those lights at night. Regardless, it sounds like I'm complaining about this and I'm not. I like the show! The lights are really well done.

Cmdr_Crimson2 days ago

Anytime I hear Matt Vogle as Kermit or Big Bird they sound like they are too depressed.. I still think this is how he got trained to become Kermit when he played Constantine..

lightningtap3472 days ago

Even though it isn't Jim, I'm glad they didn't showcase a re-record with the current Kermit. I still can't "get" him as Kermit in my head.

NelleBelle2 days ago

This is the first time I've seen the new Epcot lights. Was trying to not see them until our trip this summer and see them in person, but I really wanted to see the Muppets with the Lights....💕 Those lights are beautiful! They even made my 15-yo son stop and watch! Very well done!

UNCgolf2 days ago

Yeah, that's the one I mean. That original version of the song is absolutely wonderful. Again, though, it's personal preference. I'm not suggesting people are wrong to like the other version more!