Disney Releases When Spaceship Earth’s Transformation Will Debut

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Credit: Zach Riddley via Instagram

If you are as excited as we are for Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, we are sure you have plenty of reasons as to what you want to see when you arrive at the Most Magical Place on Earth starting this October!

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One of the major announcements surrounding the 50th is that every theme park centerpiece — Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — will receive a new look.

At Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle’s transformation is already underway with iridescent decorations on the exterior, Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life will light up the night sky, Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to seemingly glisten, and all three of them will do so for 18 months beginning on October 1.

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Spaceship Earth at EPCOT will also be getting a makeover, but this one will last past the 50th anniversary, which is very exciting. From renderings of the iconic sphere, we can see that Spaceship Earth is going to sparkle. But now, Disney has revealed exactly how and when this new lighting package will debut.

Related: Disney Park Pass Extension Could Be Due to 50th Anniversary

Thanks to Imagineer Zach Riddley (@thezachriddley), we can see how the lights are being put into place on Spaceship Earth, and we also can rest assured knowing that they will not turn on until October 1, so Disney fans do not need to worry about possibly missing the new look on a random debut day:

A few weeks ago we shared our exciting plans for new Spaceship Earth lighting debuting Oct. 1, 2021 as a Beacon of Magic during the 50th anniversary celebration @WaltDisneyWorld. Today I’m excited to give you a first look at one of the points of light, as overnight our team test fit the very first of these fixtures before we start installing at the top and working our way down! Our team at Imagineering has been hard at work innovating the design and technology for this poetic and inspirational lighting concept. And we’ve had to get quite ingenious in how we go about installing these new fixtures and all the high-tech systems so that they seamlessly integrate with the iconic profile of Spaceship Earth. There is a lot more work ahead as we continue installation and ready for testing, but I couldn’t wait to share with you that we’ve begun.


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It will be very exciting to see this new lighting package come to life at EPCOT. It seems that individual lights are being inserted in every crease of Spaceship Earth, which means there is going to be a lot of light coming from it, but it will not take away from the look or profile of the sphere.

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In addition to this new decor, EPCOT is meant to also debut its new nighttime spectacular, HarmonioUS, in 2021, which means that not only will Guests get a spectacle as they enter and exit the park, but the World Showcase will soon house what Disney is deeming to be the “biggest nighttime show” they have ever created.

In addition, new rides like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure are on EPCOT’s slate, alongside Future World’s giant renovation — EPCOT will have so much more to see and do!

What do you think of the new Spaceship Earth lighting package? 

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