Imagineers begin test fitting new lights on Spaceship Earth

New work is part of Disney’s 50th anniversary plans!


Walt Disney World Imagineer Zach Riddley shared new pictures Wednesday showing crews beginning the first steps towards installing new lighting on EPCOT’s popular Spaceship Earth attraction.

Just last month, Walt Disney World shared details about its 50th-anniversary plans which included a new look to the iconic geodesic sphere.

According to Disney’s blog, the attraction will have new lights that will shine across the reflective panels, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. Take a look at the rendering of the project below.

“Our team at Imagineering has been hard at work innovating the design and technology for this poetic and inspirational lighting concept,” Riddley said in an online post. “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.”

Riddley said after this test crews will begin installing the new lighting package from the top of the 180-foot sphere and working their way down.

The permanent new lighting will debut Oct. 1, and continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park. Imagineers plan to share more details on the progress in the future.

Thanks to & Zach Riddley for the info! Stay tuned for more updates as the big Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary gets closer!

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