Imagineer Zach Riddley has shared a look at the latest version of the Spaceship Earth Beacon of Magic show, this time set to debut for the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.
Riddley said on Instagram “Our Lighting Design team at Walt Disney Imagineering continues to explore the artistic and technical possibilities of the new Spaceship Earth lighting. For our newest limited time sequence, we were inspired by the vibrant colors and strong movement in the 1991 Walt Disney Animation Studios classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and infused both into the programming of the show. Be on the lookout for some fun subtle easter eggs such as rising champagne bubbles and the multicolor spotlights from the finale of the song, plus a special tri-color celebration to France, the setting and inspiration of this tale as old as time.”
He continued, “For the music, we always enjoy the chance to put an EPCOT twist on the shows we create for Spaceship Earth. The lyrics from this song as known by heart to millions – I know I can recite them by heart every time the song comes on, and I’m sure I am note alone… By blending both the original English and French versions of Be Our Guest (known in French as “C’est la Fete”) we create a unique cross-cultural experience that’s a spectacle in any and all languages.”
The Beacons of Magic premiered last fall as part of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. At the end of the celebration, the other three parks’ icons will no longer feature shows but Spaceship Earth at EPCOT will keep its “Points of Light.” It’s unknown if festivals will continue to have unique shows after the celebration is over.