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

Feb 18, 2021 in "Spaceship Earth"

New speakers around Spaceship Earth
Posted: Thursday February 18, 2021 3:47pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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Rich Brownn5 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.

Goofyernmost5 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 Alucobond5 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.

castlecake2.05 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.

SpectroMickey855 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.

sedati6 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.

Admiral016 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.

marni19716 days ago

It was always a post Skyliner project.

HauntedPirate6 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?

marni19716 days ago

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

G00fyDad6 days ago


MisterPenguin6 days ago

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

marni19716 days ago

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

castlecake2.06 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.