Disney Imagineer Shares First-Look at EPCOT’s Beacon of Magic

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Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary will be here SOON! As we slowly inch closer to October 1, 2021, Disney is revealing more exciting news of what’s to come for the 18-month long celebration. We’ve seen the arrival of the Disney “Fab 50” golden sculpture collection unveiled at EPCOT. EPCOT’s newest restaurant, Space 220, is scheduled to open soon. Plus, EPCOT’s newest attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, will open to the public on October 1. As if all that isn’t enough, we’ll see EPCOT transform at night with its new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious. More so than just fireworks and projections, even the iconic Spaceship Earth will be transformed as one of Disney World’s four Beacons of Magic. Now, a Disney Imagineer is providing a first look at the transformation we can all expect to encounter as of October 1, 2021.

The Theme Park is adding a touch of pixie dust to each Park icon including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will all become stunning Beacons of Magic as part of the magical celebration for Walt Disney World’s 18-month long 50th Anniversary celebration. Check out the sneak peek photo of EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth below.

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As shared by Zach Riddley via Instagram: “We are only a few weeks away from our stunning reveal of our new Spaceship Earth lighting as part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration. As I shared recently, our Imagineers are working behind the scenes to finalize the programming of this experience. The artistry is inspired by the voice of Spaceship Earth: “Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time … … While no one knows for sure what we’ll see or do, I do know it will be quite an adventure—an adventure that we’ll take and make together. See you in the future!” This first-look image actually gives you a glimpse into the near future when the night will come alive in an entirely new way with this Beacon of Magic. Inspired by past and future, the classic Spaceship Earth color gradients will be rendered richer by our new lighting fixtures, evoking twinkling starlight in an evening sky. This is visual poetry and will forever change the way we experience EPCOT. I can’t wait for everyone to see when this experience officially launches on October 1st! See you in the (near) future!!” Check out the stunning photo below:

This first-look image provides a glimpse into the near future when the night will come alive in an entirely new way at EPCOT when Spaceship Earth becomes a Beacon of Magic at night at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Inspired by the past and the future, the classic Spaceship Earth color gradients will be rendered richer by new lighting fixtures evoking twinkling starlight in an evening sky. The Beacon of Magic will debut on Oct. 1, 2021, as part of the kickoff for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. (David Roark, photographer)

Wow, it’s beautiful! We can’t wait to see Spaceship Earth glow for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th. It going to be an incredible time to be in the Disney Parks! Are you planning to visit once (or more!) throughout Disney’s 18-month long celebration? We’ll be seeing you there!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.