Mickey Mouse silhouette to appear on Spaceship Earth as part of Disney100 celebrations at Walt Disney World

Apr 26, 2023 in "Spaceship Earth"

Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2023 1:08pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

EPCOT's Spaceship Earth will celebrate Disney100 with an all-new lighting sequence later this year.

The new display will feature iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette and other special effects.

"The Show Lighting Team at Walt Disney Imagineering has been amazed at our guests' reaction to the nightly shows on Spaceship Earth," said Jason Read, show lighting designer principal for Walt Disney Imagineering.

"We've helped celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, EPCOT's 40th and the park's signature festivals. Now, we're excited to have Spaceship Earth ring in the biggest celebration yet, the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company."

"We're also inspired by many things from the history of the company, its characters, theme parks and shows – even the Disney100 opening logo that plays before our feature films during this anniversary," Read continued. "You may see homages to everything from the 'Wonderful World of Disney' television show opening to Mickey balloons that we sell on Main Street, U.S.A."

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ToTBellHop2 hours ago

Personally, I would’ve used that music for a special post-HEA fireworks tag. But that would cost money. It would also work for a post-HEA drone tag like DLP did. But, also. Money.

disneyC972 hours ago

I saw Beauty and the Beast a few weeks ago and thought I'd at least see the "Human Again" scene added later, but it wasn't the version shown.

WorldExplorer3 hours ago

I would have gone to the theater a bunch of times if they rereleased some actually old movies. Double them up if they're too short, or pad time with behind the scenes stuff and retrospectives. That would have been cool and felt like we were celebrating a hundred years, but instead they went with a 90s-2010s lineup.

aladdin200716 hours ago

it got a chase bank style 100 sculpture in each park, that's about it. Its all sinking to a new low.

TDLFan1 day ago

Much like the 50th, the 100th was over before it began. At least we had a proper 100th in 2001 with 4 new parades. To add, I don't consider Luminous to be part of this celebration since it's fall out and a patch job from the 50th debacle. So, what really did WDW get for it? I guess I shouldn't expect much since this company can't even staff Citrico's to run 7 days a week.

Bocabear1 day ago

I remember the 35th Anniversary of Disneyland, and they had a gift giving machine that would randomly give guests prizes...and that was for 35 years... WDW's 50th didn't get anything like that... The 100th Anniversary should be celebrated with gratitude towards the guests and fans, and have frequent giveaways as part of the celebration... Even if it is just little things like immediate fast passes or trinkets... Every 100th person through the turnstiles could get a prize... or a Fastpass, or a ticket to feed into The Dream Machine like they did for Disneyland's 35th In general I think this past mess of a 50th complete with cancelled and dragging construction, price increases, and decreased quality has lost a lot of confidence in the company... The 100th needs to be a home run...or should be...

HauntedPirate1 day ago

I re-read it and want to punch my screen because of the level of stupid being exhibited by their marketing department. Again. "Inept" is not even close to describing how bad their marketing is these days.

yensidtlaw19691 day ago

Yeah, after they botched the 50th they really are not in the position to be making claims like this. Especially because we already know this is meant to be a demi-celebration at best. I understand that you can't advertise by saying "you know, we really decided to take a backseat with this one", but don't hype it up to be something we both know it isn't, Disney!

wdwmagic1 day ago

When they say this "The Disney100 celebrations this October will be unlike any party Disney has held before, but as Walt Disney once said, “We are just getting started." Does anyone involved actual reread this and think "should we really be saying this?!"

wdwmagic1 day ago

It is instrumental :)

Bocabear1 day ago

So....they are going to "deck Out" the park with 100th Anniversary logos and re-release some old films... Wow! Now that is what I would call an impressive celebration! aiming lower than WDW's failure of a 50th...

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Disstevefan18 days ago

Agreed, the points of lights does not make up for the destruction of WDW, I was just saying it was ironic that this small, cheap change, to me, is the best change they have made in EPCOT compared to the 4+ years of construction they are trying to complete now in EPCOT. This 4+ years of work in EPCOT is a net loss, a waste of time and money for what is really glorified landscaping and concrete work. Its sad that the most to look forward to is just to have the walls down.

HauntedPirate8 days ago

I grew up on and entered adulthood with EPCOT Center, FitS, Wishes!, MSEP, Spectromagic!, and RoE, and I consider Horizons, Splash Mountain, and ToT to be the amongst the pinnacles of WDI achievements. They're going to have to a helluva lot better than slapping some LED pucks on SSE to impress me.