Illuminations at Epcot Features New Environmentally Friendly Lasers

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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 show features an enhanced, environmentally friendly dynamic display.

The new solid-state lasers use about as much power as an average hair dryer, and the resulting energy savings could power “The Twilight Zone” Tower of Terror for nearly a month. Because there’s no longer a need for a water-cooling system, the new lasers also save a tremendous amount of water each year – enough to fill the Melt-Away Bay wave pool at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

“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.”