Walt Disney World has been celebrating its 50th anniversary for a LONG time now. The occasion brought lots of new experiences, snacks, and events to the parks, but it’s all coming to an end SOON.
The official end of the 18-month-long celebration is March 31st, 2023. We’re already seeing some 50th anniversary snacks disappear from menus around Disney World, and even some of the merchandise is looking a little different. But there’s one very popular 50th addition that will stick around even after March 31st hits, and many Disney fans will be relieved to hear it!
At the start of the 50th anniversary celebration, Disney debuted new “Beacons of Magic” shows. These are mini-transformations that happen nightly at each of the 4 parks’ icons! Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tower of Terror, and the Tree of Life all rock shimmery (excuse us, EARidescent) looks.
Our favorite of those looks has to be Spaceship Earth in EPCOT. While all of the icons got colorful projections, Spaceship Earth got an entire makeover with custom lighting features that look like stars glowing all over the attraction. There were lights installed between the reflective panels, which change color and blink during the Beacons of Magic show.
When this transformation was announced, Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley confirmed that the new look would be permanent, not just for the 50th. We’re so glad that our favorite Beacon of Magic is sticking around!
Spaceship Earth’s nighttime look has been updated a few times, usually to reflect whichever festival is being held in the park at the time. Most recently, we watched the new Encanto-themed show that arrived for the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival.
If you consider yourself to be a MEGA fan of this transformation, you should check out the Spaceship Earth figure made by the Arribas Brothers, which was created using over 150,000 crystals and took 681 hours to build. Only 40 of these pieces are being created. This souvenir is for EPCOT fans with cash to burn — just one of the figures costs $99,000 . If you want to see one, head to Kunstarbeit in Kristall in EPCOT’s Germany pavilion.
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