Epcot’s Spaceship Earth with the Lights On

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Published on October 22, 2012 at 2:46 am with 17 Comments

On September 29, 2012, Communicore Weekly celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Epcot and their 38th Episode by performing a live show in the VIP Lounge of the Norway Pavilion. After the show, we all watched Illuminations and then headed to Spaceship Earth for the last ride of the night, with the work lights on.

It was wonderful to ride Spaceship Earth with the lights on and see a lot of the props, lighting and other things that just sort of fade into the background normally. It didn’t ruin any of the attraction for me; it actually made the magic more amazing.

Here is the release of the 38th episode recorded live in the Norway Pavilion.


The imitable Cory Disbrow took a lot of photos and let me share them with you. I added a few of my own at the end, but they can’t compare with Cory’s. Enjoy!

Cory Disbrow’s Photos:

Mice Chatters: MickeyMaxx, Rickster, FishBulb and DustySage!

Into our lights on journey

Thank the Phoenicians!

Never noticed this before.


We made it to the top. Lots of scrims and equipment…but the people looked cool, too! (Check out what’s on Nikki’s shoulder.)

It is amazing to see how they do the effects.

Things you would never notice with the lights off.

My photos:

Jeff and George! (Taken by Martina.)


The world’s first backup!

Seeing the details on the backdrops was great.

Interesting half-floor.

At the top, right before the descent.

It looks like the Matrix, even with the lights on!

So, it was a fantastic evening and everyone that was able to ride Spaceship Earth really seemed to enjoy it.

I’d like to thank Dusty and Fishbulb for making this entire event possible. They do so much for the fan community and as much as Disney may not want to admit it, they really do spread the Disney magic better than just about anyone.  And folks, this was one magic day that I’ll never forget.

For many Disney fans, having a ride break down is something to look forward to. If you are ever on an attraction when it breaks down and the lights come on, enjoy it. Have you ever experienced an attraction with the lights on?

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  • Jeff Heimbuch

    This is probably my favorite memory of the entire trip, let along my favorite memory of any Disney Vacation I ever took.

    Much like George said, it didn’t take anything away, and made the attraction much more magical to me! After all the hard work we put into the Communicore Weekly Live Show, this was the perfect way to end the evening!

    • George Taylor

      Jeff, I reminded of a few words from an amazing song when I think of that night…

      Ladies love me, girls adore me
      I mean even the ones who never saw me
      Like the way that I rhyme at a show
      The reason why, man, I don’t know
      So let’s go, ’cause

      It takes two to make a thing go right
      It takes two to make it outta sight
      Hit it!

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    That was but one of many wonderful things I’ll remember from Epcot’s 30th anniversary.

    Seeing Spaceship Earth with the lights on really gave me a sense of scale of the attraction, especially at the top, where there’s still a huge amount of open space. It really sets the mind wandering.

    Much thanks to Jeff and George for such an amazing program for Communicore Weekly. Something i’ll never forget.

  • daliseurat

    Really cool. I love the little peaks behind the scenes. I like kids to not see it, to preserve the magic for them, but once you’re grown up, it makes it even more amazing. I took one of the big all day tours behind the scenes at WDW and was riveted. Nothing like watching just how much movement there is to Star Tours from outside the cabin or seeing how complex the stagework is for American Adventure.

    • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

      Which tour did you take? Sounds wonderful.

    • George Taylor

      Thanks for the comment.

      The whole experience was wonderful. I agree, I try not to spoil the magic for my boys, but I try to answer any behind-the-scenes questions they might have.

  • donnie

    Awesome, I would like to see the “This our spaceship earth” part with the lights on.

  • Babs1696

    Spaceship Earth, with the lights on – what a fascinating opportunity!! Loved it!!! This was our first Communicore Weekly / MiceChat event & we loved it!!!

    • George Taylor

      Thanks! We had a blast doing the live show.

  • Monorail Man

    It killed me that we still couldn’t see behind the curtains on the way back down. I still want to know if those old scenes are back there or not!

    • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

      I hope they are still back there. The new descent back to earth is a big letdown for me. I’d really like to see them do something more in keeping with the rest of the ride. They could still do something with the monitors, but those cheesy videos just don’t jive with the rest of the attraction.

      • George Taylor

        Agreed. But, they have to bow to the corporate sponsors, too. I thought the video screens were pretty innovative for 2007, but now I’m ready for something different. I actually don’t choose anything when I’m on the ride.

    • George Taylor

      Ooooh. I was wondering about that, too!

  • SpectroMan

    Monorail, I was wondering the same thing. So, even with the lights on, nothing “old” was visible? Those were the pictures I was looking forward to the most.

    • Monorail Man

      Yea. Those curtains are stapled up tight. You can’t see anything back there. :(

    • George Taylor

      I’ve never seen so many people with cameras and cell phones out during one attraction. Also, no one was worried about the flash photography, either.

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