EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival’s Beacons of Magic Show with “Be Our Guest” Kicks Off Tonight

Imagineer Zach Riddley has shared a preview of the latest version of the Spaceship Earth Beacon of Magic show, this time slated for the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Credit: Zach Riddley on Instagram

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 new limited-time sequence, we were inspired by the vibrant colors and motion powerful elements from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 1991 classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and we’ve incorporated them into the show’s lineup. Be on the lookout for some subtle and fun Easter eggs, such as bubbles of rising champagne and the multicolored spotlights of the finale of the song, as well as a special tricolor celebration in France, the setting and the inspiration of this tale as old as time.

Credit: Zach Riddley on Instagram

He continued, “For the music, we always appreciate the opportunity to give an EPCOT touch to the shows we create for Spaceship Earth. The lyrics to this song are known by heart to millions – I know I can recite them by heart every time the song plays, and I’m sure I’m the only note… Mixing the original English and French versions from Be Our Guest (known in French as “C’est la Fete”), we create a unique cross-cultural experience that is a spectacle in all languages. »

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Credit: Zach Riddley on Instagram

Check out our coverage of Beacons of Magic shows from past festivals, including the International Festival of the Arts and the International Holiday Festival.

The Beacons of Magic were created last fall as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. At the end of the celebration, icons from the other three parks will no longer perform shows, but Spaceship Earth at EPCOT will retain its “spots of light.” It is unclear whether festivals will continue to have one-off shows after the celebration ends.

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Brian L. Hartfield