First light fixture in place on EPCOT'S Spaceship Earth for 'Beacon of Magic' lighting effects

Mar 17, 2021 in "Spaceship Earth"

Posted: Wednesday March 17, 2021 3:51pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Imagineer Zach Riddley has today shared a look at overnight work on Spaceship Earth where the Imagineering team tested the install of one of the new exterior lighting fixtures that will be part of the 'Beacon of Magic' lighting effects at EPCOT.

Debuting as part of the 50th anniversary celebration on October 1, the new lighting at Spaceship Earth is a permanent addition and will live on beyond the 18 month 50th event.

The fixtures, mounted between the triangular exterior panels, appears to be high-output LED's with a silver enclosure to match the alucobond finish. The central main light that will project light outward is surrounded by smaller lights that will shine onto the surface of Spaceship Earth. Following this test fit, crews will begin adding the lights from the top, then moving down the exterior of the structure.

Concept art of the lighting shows what we can expect when the effect goes live later this year. According to 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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Rich Brownn20 hours 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.

Goofyernmost1 day 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 Alucobond1 day 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.

castlecake2.01 day 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.

SpectroMickey851 day 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.

sedati2 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.

Admiral012 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.

marni19712 days ago

It was always a post Skyliner project.

HauntedPirate2 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?

marni19712 days ago

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

G00fyDad2 days ago


MisterPenguin2 days ago

Skyliner or the thing on its own right-of-way?

marni19712 days ago

East west across property from Springs to DHS via Epcot and later DAK.

castlecake2.02 days ago

I’ll have to dig when I have time. What was this connector going to be though? Also to keep this on topic I’m anxiously waiting for The Zach to post something about brining palm trees back to replace the ugly mismatched trees, but my hopes are fading.