We’ve been at EPCOT all day kicking off the 2021 Flower and Garden Festival!
We’ve been busy checking out the new merchandise, enjoying the fun activities, and browsing unique souvenirs. But if you were preoccupied with all things Flower and Garden Festival, you might have missed some big news!
EPCOT’s main entrance makeover is wrapping up, and we got a few new additions! Six new flags now feature EPCOT’s original icons, and the entrance is sporting a brand-new soundtrack. But that’s not all!
The area has also gotten some new lighting!
A color-coordinated light ribbon circles around the rim of the plaza, complementing the the recently revealed fountain lighting.
Don't mind us, just admiring the beautiful new nighttime lights around EPCOT's entrance! pic.twitter.com/xQ21l3qNTy
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It looks like this part of EPCOT’s transformation is wrapping up!
In a recent Instagram post, Imagineer Zach Riddley shared more details about the lights. Riddley shared, “At more than four football fields long, this light ribbon has been present since opening day, but was originally lit by hundreds of fluorescent tubes in solid colors.” But now it’s been updated “with highly energy-efficient, programmable LED lighting with nearly 3,000 individually controlled points of light that blend together to create color gradients and patterns.”
Riddley also shared that color gradients have always been a part of EPCOT’s design legacy. From the amber, blue, and purple lighting on Spaceship Earth, “to the bands of color on the Energy pavilion, to the new color palettes of World Nature, World Discovery and World Celebration.” And, Riddley noted that guests will get to see all of this “reflected in this new lighting design…for the main entrance plaza and it’ll continue through the new areas of the park.”
Riddley also said that “for the first time ever, the main entrance plaza and Spaceship Earth will be unified with dynamic lighting this year. The newly color-coordinated light ribbon around the entire rim of the plaza connects with programming on the new fountain lighting and together will shine in concert when the new Spaceship Earth lighting debuts with the Beacons of Magic for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.”
We can’t wait to see what this all looks like when Spaceship Earth’s new nighttime look debuts for the 50th Anniversary of Disney World. We’ll keep you posted with more Disney news and updates, so stay tuned to AllEars.
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