PHOTOS - More permits filed for audio video equipment installation around Spaceship Earth as new lighting show is teased

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New speakers around Spaceship Earth

Disney has filed more permits today for lighting equipment near to EPCOT's Spaceship Earth.

The permit, to be carried out by Pro Sound and Video, is for "Install of lighting equipment and Low Voltage Terminations." (Thanks to @danlb_2000 on the WDWMAGIC Forums for spotting the permits.) Pro Sound and Video has been involved in many Walt Disney World projects, and works closely with Walt Disney World, including work on Pandora - The World of Avatar.

This new permit comes after a number of upgrades have already been made to the sound system in the main entrance area. Four JBL subwoofers have been installed in the planters on the approach to the fountain area.

It would seem that the subwoofers will be providing deep bass frequencies to complement a large number of green tower speakers that were installed as part of the new entrance design. Neither the subwoofers or green tower speakers are currently in use.

Existing area music is played using a handful of basic large speakers mounted onto the monorail pylons, delivering a relatively low quality soundscape compared to modern standards.

The new upgraded sound design would appear to be part of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations for the Walt Disney World Resort, which is expected to include a series of moments after dark that will feature dramatic music and lighting effects on Spaceship Earth. A teaser video released by Disney shows the lighting effects that we may see.

Accompanying the new lighting effects will perhaps be a larger scale version of something similar to what we see in the EPCOT Experience presentation, and will likely include the specially composed Pinar Toprak theme for EPCOT.

You can hear the Pinar Toprak EPCOT theme from a performance at D23 below.

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Article Posted: Feb 18, 2021 / 3:47pm ET
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marni19711 hour ago

(Sorry but I’m a stickler for the detail)

marni19711 hour ago

Finally. I’ve been waiting for that. A great example of upgrading 1982 without breaking the park.

MisterPenguin3 hours ago

Rundown on the new Entrance BGM Soundtrack from DisneyNature's Dolphin Reef by Steven Price. Obvious why it was chosen. Steven Price is an award winning composer of many famous movie soundtracks. Tracks: Echo Fires Up Another A Different Set of Rules Soundtrack from Our Planet, a Netflix product by, again, Steven Price. Tracks: The Ocean Belongs to Us All The Ocean Returns the Favor Seasonal Seas A Greater Resilience The Numbers Build An Ingenious Technique Two Steps From Hell[/I] is a music production company specializing in soundtracks, such as for Pirates of the Caribbean. Tracks used are: From the Album "Archangel" -- Nero From the Album "Two Steps from Heaven" -- She's a Superhero; Beyond the Horizon [URL='']Mark Petrie: has written music for Guardians of the Galaxy; Avengers: Infinity War; Oz the Great and Powerful; Tomorrowland; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The BFG; Venom. Tracks used were published by Mark on Soundcloud, not from a soundtrack Transform Eternal Beauty Beauty Within Reach the Sky From the same collection of "Optimistic Themes 3" on which we get Mark Petrie's music is a track by Clinton Rusich... Finding Your Way From the soundtrack of The Greatest Game Ever Played (a Buena Vista film about golf), comes [URL='']Brian Tyler's track. Brian Tyler has also composed music for Iron Man 3; Avengers Age of Ultron. The Game is Afoot From the soundtrack of Saving Mr. Banks by [URL='']Thomas Newman, who also composed for Finding Nemo, WALL-E: The Magic Kingdom From, the best I can tell, a Soundcloud artist(s) called "Up, Moxie" is the downtempo track... The Fall And another composer, Terry Devine-King, who's done a lot of soundtracks for movies and TV, but none very famous or for Disney: Nebula (from album Galaxies Collide) Rise of Champions

Homemade Imagineering3 hours ago

I listened to the loop for the first time via this video today. Needless to say,(timestamp)4:00 was... interesting (yes, I'm aware that portion of that particular piece wasn't used in the actual loop, it just caught me off guard 🤣).

UNCgolf3 hours ago

I had a somewhat similar thought -- as much as I love this new entrance, it may actually make the experience of the park itself just a little worse (for me personally; not for everyone). The entrance reminds me of EPCOT in its heyday when it was full of amazing pavilions/attractions and optimism for the future. It will be disappointing to go through that entrance and then come out into the park that actually exists today instead of the one that entrance suggests.

Notes from Neverland4 hours ago

The ribbon light is an outstanding change. It looks great! As things evolve, it almost looks like the front entrance belongs to a very different park than what actually sits beyond the entrance.

SplashZander4 hours ago

As someone who has listened to the new area music while working, exercising, and showering today, this sounds oddly nostagic.

Vegas Disney Fan4 hours ago

I’ll have to take a bus rather than the skyliner next trip, it’s convenient from Caribbean but a shame to miss this updated entrance.

J45465 hours ago

damn, fiber optics in the walkways would be pretty amazing. imagine if they were used in Pandora to light up the pathways. Or if they were also touch responsive and what you could do with that.

MisterPenguin5 hours ago

JohnD5 hours ago

Well, it’s 2021 now. Were they there during the monoliths? I don’t know.

castlecake2.05 hours ago

I meant the ones that were in front of SSE in the 80s/90s

MisterPenguin5 hours ago

Not sure. I think mostly.

JohnD5 hours ago

Behind SSE where they have always been as you walk past SSE to either side of FW.