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Disney's Hollywood Studios - Lighting

 

Disney's Hollywood Studios is my favorite WDW park when it comes to lighting and architecture. The beautiful art deco architecture and neon lighting is one of my favorite building styles. This type of architecture really incorporates lighting as part of the buildings design, instead of being an accent to the structure. Add in some great 'destination icon buildings' that are beautifully lite at the terminus of the main corridors and you have a wonderful blend between the architecture of the park and its lighting.

 

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Up next Epcot's World Showcase.

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Epcot's World Showcase - Lighting

 

While Epcot's Future World at times lacks architectural details and intimate spaces that make people want to linger. World Showcase is full of detailed, human scale spaces with lighting that is designed to strengthen the already rich environment and 'public spaces' that make up each pavilion.

 

Canada - Lighting

The lighting in the Canadian Pavilion is fairly minimal but does a nice job of creating a cohesive environment in a land that packs together a rustic, formal design into a very compact space. Every time I visit this pavilion I just think how perfect a wilderness type water ride would fit into this pavilion. Maybe one day.

 

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England - Lighting

 

The lighting in England is focused on the gaslight lamp theme that brings a traditional/historic feel out of the richly designed buildings and gardens. Sherlock Holmes postcards.

 

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France - Lighting

 

The lighting in France really focuses on bring out the elegant feel of a turn of the century Paris. With its focus on the buildings, arcades, formal spaces and using interior building lights to flood out onto the public walkways.

 

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Up next Morocco and Japan.

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Two new 'Summer Events' are kicking off at WDW.

One is located in Animal Kingdom and is called Donald's Dino Bash. They have added some new signage, meet and greats, a dance party area and some upbeat music throughout Dinoland.

 

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Another summer event is located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. This event is called Incredible Tomorrowland Expo. This event has a lot of new signage throughout the land, new photo locations, and a dance party with the Incredibles.

 

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Here are a few night time shots.

 

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And a few MK Castle area photos to wrap up the evening.

 

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Next, back to Epcot.

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Morocco - Lighting

 

Morocco has become my favorite 'Country' to walk through at Epcot at night. The detailed lighting is designed to create a colored light palette that adds different textures at night to the builds. The soft lighting inside the bazaar shopping areas create beautifully lite walkways and complements the tower structures throughout the land.

 

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Japan - Lighting

 

The Japanese pavilion's lighting does an amazing job of highlighting the traditional architectural elements of Japan. These architectural elements of wooden and stone buildings, pagodas, screens and sliding doors, verandas and the integration of nature are strengthened by up lighting and hanging lantern lights.

 

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Up next America and Italy.

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American Pavilion - Lighting

 

As far as design and placemaking I personally think the American Pavilion is the least impressive of the countries at Epcot's World Showcase. With that said the up lighting does a nice job of highlighting the grand colonial structure of the pavilion.

 

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Italian Pavilion - Lighting

 

The lighting in the Italian Pavilion does a good job of highlighting the mix of Byzantine/Romanesque/Renaissance architecture of the pavilion. This includes lighting of sculptures, arcades, tower and the mosaics that make up the detailed materials of this pavilion.

 

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Up next Germany and China.

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Germany - Lighting

 

The Gothic/Renaissance architectural blend of the Germany pavilion with its detailed paintings and stained glass windows are nicely highlighted through up lighting, back lighting and flood lighting of the castle background.

 

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China - Lighting

 

The Chinese pavilion's lighting is a nice mix of up lighting, inset lighting on the walkways and latern lighting around the shopping areas.

 

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Up next, Norway and Mexico.

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Sea World Orlando - Lighting Part 1

 

Sea World does a great job of creating a 'relaxed' environment that just feels more natural as you walk around. The lighting in the park focuses on strengthening this laid back feel. Two of their newest areas, Shark Reef and Antarctica have some great lighting with Mako's plaza having special lighting and sound each time a coaster train goes through the plaza.

 

Shark Reef

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Antarctica

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Sea World - Infinity Falls Lighting

 

The lighting in this new area does a great job at altering the colors of the rock work, accentuating the sculptural elements while still keeping the the jungle/expedition theme that ties the area together.

 

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This turns off (most of the way) when a boat goes through.

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The Station

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Those "Rockwork Waterfall in Infinity Falls" shots are wonderful! It's very impressive waterworks & landscaping.

Something I would want on my own home property, heh. Thanks for all these (and the others, above)

great shots of the water attraction.

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