EPCOT continues to take steps toward its ever-changing future, as the lighting around World Celebration is now synchronized with the Spaceship Earth light shows.
World Celebration Lighting Coordinates With Spaceship Earth
In an interview with Gizmodo in May 2022, Riddley mentioned the large-scale project and the hope for EPCOT’s World Celebration to immerse guests into their story through music, light, and color.
“At night this entire place can be programmed in the way that Spaceship Earth is in terms of lighting, music, and color. We have over 12,000 programmable LCD fixtures once this is complete—and so take “Rainbow Connection,” but entirely immersed. And I think that’s the tone, that’s the spirit of it underlying all of the ideas,” Riddley said.Gizmodo
With Dreamers Point and the World Celebration gardens scheduled to open in just a couple of days on December 5, some of this lighting may be more of a soft opening or “dress rehearsal” of sorts.
Some of the lights in World Celebration remain white, and others are on and coordinating with light shows on Spaceship Earth, including the “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” light show that has returned for the 2023 Festival of the Holidays.
These lights are all candy-cane striped to match the active holiday show, but changed back to lighting that matches the area when the show concluded.
Even these pillar lights cycle through colors now, illuminating the area in a glow of cool or warm colors that coordinate with Spaceship Earth between shows.
Some of the lighting in areas still behind walls are also trying out their new coordinating light patterns. Though it’s hard to tell in these photos, these trees have twinkly fairy lights that are coordinating with the area’s orchestral ambiance.
Watch our video of the lighting effects below.
With so many changes just around the corner, seeing the new lights that reference back to some of EPCOT’s opening day lighting but harness new technology and expand on the ideas from past EPCOT experiences keep Riddley and the rest of the Imagineers striving to keep that perfect balance between nostalgia and cutting edge.
“[EPCOT]’s got a really unique personality and design legacy. A lot of the choices that we’ve been making—not only in individual experiences, but even the logos bringing back Epcot’s own font—go back to the original park. So how do you bring all that back in as something that’s unifying? You only do it here. You know, we have it here, but then bring it forward in ways that, again, are fresh and relevant for fans who maybe have never been here before. To me, that’s the ultimate success with the transformation.“Gizmodo
Will you be visiting the newly designed World Celebration at night to immerse yourself in EPCOT’s transformation? Let us know in the comments what you think.