Preview of Spaceship Earth's new lighting system reveals impressive capability

Sep 17, 2021 in "Spaceship Earth"

Posted: Friday September 17, 2021 9:02am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Imagineer Zach Riddley has taken to Instagram this morning to offer a preview of Spaceship Earth's new lighting system.

In this image above we see an impressive lighting display that is using the recently installed LED light fixtures across the entire exterior of the EPCOT icon.

Of note is how the lights are being used to create a subtle effect, with different colors and intensities across the surfaces.

Zach said on Instagram, "This first-look image actually gives you a glimpse into the near future when the night will come alive in an entirely new way with this Beacon of Magic. Inspired by past and future, the classic Spaceship Earth color gradients will be rendered richer by our new lighting fixtures, evoking twinkling starlight in an evening sky."

The lights will be part of the Beacons of Magic evening shows that will take place all four Walt Disney World theme parks beginning October 1 2021.

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JohnDSep 05, 2022

Apparently, the lights are frageelay!

montyz81Sep 04, 2022

https://clip.cafe/a-christmas-story-1983/dont-anybody-move/ Looks like Jean Shepherd may have left CoP to work on the lights at Epcot.

Cmdr_CrimsonSep 03, 2022

Well, what do you expect for a Forty year old park with a receding hairline? perhaps they should contact this for help...

MovieloverSep 03, 2022

montyz81Sep 03, 2022

When one light goes out they all go out.

The Moles FamilySep 03, 2022

Zack better find the receipts and take them back to Home Depot

monothingieSep 03, 2022

The unplugged it and plugged it back in an hour later. It was working by 9.

tparrisSep 03, 2022

I was there tonight as well and noticed that none of the plaza lights were on either, including the fountain and perimeter led strip lighting

G00fyDadSep 03, 2022

Relax. It's just a receeding hairline.

monothingieSep 03, 2022

SirwalterraleighSep 03, 2022

Some customers didn’t give enough to cover the bill today… Remember: YOU are the magic

monothingieSep 03, 2022

Major problems with the LEDs tonight.

MisterPenguinAug 02, 2022

tparrisJul 19, 2022

The unnamed site put up a photo report showing that the two overhead “Welcome to Epcot” signs by the ticketing booths have been removed and the spots they were hanging from have been patched up and painted. They also finally removed the old transportation signage that was on the ground by the monorail station entrance, and they’re in the process of replacing the pavement and presumably installing new signage in the same place. I’m going to EPCOT next Monday so I’m hoping at least some of the new signage will be there by then. Now that I live in Orlando, I’ll be going to the parks much more often than I used to, so expect at the very least monthly photo reports from me from now on!