Future World is an interesting space that is designed to create a 'grand feel' with its large geometric buildings and open plazas. While this area does bring a feel of a 'Worlds Fair' the size and scope of the structures, blank walls, lack of architectural details and open plazas give Future World a cold, harsh feel at times and does a poor job of engaging the pedestrian in the space. Compared to World Showcase's intimate, detailed spaces Future World struggles to create environments that make people want to 'linger' in their surroundings. With that said Future World's best side comes out when the lights come on. The lights create new color palettes on the structures and enliven's the blank wall feel of the large buildings.
Continuing on with Epcot's Future World and probably its best architectural building, Mission Space followed by The Seas and a very human scale entrance for The Land. Disney has done a great job of highlighting the architectural details of these buildings to strengthen the theme when the sun goes down.
Up next I will jump to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few night time shots.
And a few MK Castle area photos to wrap up the evening.
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.
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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