Spaceship Earth's Beacon of Magic show and new nighttime lighting effects

Oct 21, 2021 in "Spaceship Earth"

Spaceship Earth new lighting design with points of light
Posted: Thursday October 21, 2021 12:05pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Enjoy a longer look at the new nighttime lighting effects at EPCOT's Spaceship Earth.

Watch the video below to see the Beacon of Magic 50th anniversary show, followed by a look at the new points of light effects on Spaceship Earth. (YouTube 4K)

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lazyboy97o19 hours ago

While also claiming it sucked and nobody ever liked it.

HauntedPirate21 hours ago

Boy, they are trying really hard to convince people that this version of Epcot is like the original. And they are wrong. So, so wrong.

DCBaker1 day ago

mandstaft25 days ago

Ah the new EPCOT! Built on the style of the original in presentation of marketing media but with the heart of IP-COT.

kevlightyear25 days ago

The maps were updated recently and lots of labels changed from "Epcot" to "EPCOT". The entrance sign saw a similar capitalization with no change to style: So maybe this is in our future? Although I would think they would at least use the new font. Random other change: the label for "Showcase Plaza" was removed entirely.

peter1143527 days ago

That night was a park wide media event

mnelson327 days ago

They did the SSE mini show after Harmonious on the soft opening night. Just wondering how often they do it now.

peter1143527 days ago

The park is closed after Harmonious

mnelson327 days ago

How often is the shows for SSE? Thought it was very 10 or 15 minutes? But that wasn’t the case after Harmonious the other night.

DCBaker29 days ago

Epcot82GuyOct 26, 2021

Luckily - this one seems to be in the show itself vs. a true design failure. There is something to be said for the garish if it is followed up with a "bring down" from the high. The Points of Light fireworks toward the end of I:ROE comes to mind. It starts beautiful, gets garish, dissipates and then migrates into the incredible finale. But, it has that arc, and the intense is used to then drive story and emotion. It seems like it's just needs a bit more of that.

James AlucobondOct 26, 2021

Right, just saying that I think, more than it being two different designers, it's about designing for two distinct purposes, the first being ambient lighting and the second being show lighting. Most agree that the ambient lighting is pretty *chef kiss*. The show lighting, on the other hand, can be garish at times, especially the ultra white full starburst mode and the uber bright warm-to-cool gradient that closes out the main show and persists for a good while before giving way to the ambient lighting.

UNCgolfOct 26, 2021

It could be some of that, but @wdwmagic saying above that some of the lighting is great and some is not makes me think it's an overall design issue.

dreday3Oct 26, 2021

I think all of the lighting looks great in person. Everyone in our group loved it. 🤔