Illuminations at Epcot Features New Environmentally Friendly Lasers


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., December 8, 2014 – The nighttime spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth has been thrilling Epcot guests for 15 years. Beginning this holiday season, the fireworks feature new environmentally friendly lasers bursting over the lagoon to enhance the dynamic display.

    The new solid-state lasers uses about as much power as an average hair dryer compared to the original ion lasers, and saves approximately 64,000 watts of energy for each show. The new lasers will reduce water consumption by thousands of gallons, and eliminates the need for a water-cooling system.

    “These results are impressive and show how one change in one area can make a big difference,” said Tammy Brister, Walt Disney World Environmental Integration director. “This team is a great example of how a single area is working toward The Walt Disney Company 2020 Environmental Stewardship Targets and their Environmental Performance Connection objective.”

    Guests familiar with IllumiNations will see a major difference in the brightness and precision of the solid-state lasers.

    “Normally you’d see a fuzzy beam coming off of the islands [in World Showcase Lagoon],” Tony Zmorenski, Principal Safety Professional and Laser Safety Officer said. “That’s cool, but now… we can change patterns. We can do complex graphics and multiple beam paths.”

    In addition to the environmentally friendly aspect of the show, Tony is excited about the versatility and power of the lasers, and what it means for the show and the Cast Members who put it on every night.

    “Everywhere you look it’s a win for everybody. For our guests, for the Cast… it’s going to save us money, it’s going to be easier to maintain, it’s going to be safer to operate,” Tony said. “It’s going to be a gorgeous show.”