In Part Two of my Lamppost blogs I'll be discussing the many variations of these light fixtures found at Epcot. Let's start outside the gate. Leading from the bus stop to the ticket booths are these very modern fixtures, each with a banner. The ticket booths themselves are covered with a large overhang with recessed lighting so no lampposts are found near the entrance.
In addition, the large forecourt in front of Spaceship Earth also has no lampposts. In-ground lighting and fixtures located alongside the flower beds provide a low level, muted illumination.
In Innoventions Courtyard we find lamp posts with a somewhat space aged appearance.
The lampposts in Future World West are all identical to one another. They're also the same make-and-model as the fixtures out front of Epcot, minus the banners.
In keeping with the automotive theme, the streetlamps in Front of Test Track in Future World East look like those that might be found along an interstate or turnpike.
In front of Mission: Space the fixtures are sleek and straight, almost as if they were blasting off to the stars.
There are no lampposts in front of the Energy Pavilion. Low level lighting is all you'll find in this area.
Future World also has some, how should I put this, unattractive fixtures. But what's interesting is that until I started searching for lamp post to picture in my blog, I never noticed them. Even for all their ugliness, they seem to blend in with their surroundings.
As I did in Part One of this series, I want to include a few non-lampposts -- items that have nothing to do with lighting, but scream to be included anyway. This next picture is of a birdhouse located between Test Track and Mouse Gear.
The bridge that joins Future World with World Showcase is a transition area. Buildings and fixtures placed here must blend seamlessly with both lands. Here is the lamppost the Imagineers chose to line this walkway.
Circling World Showcase Lagoon are a number of post not readily associated to a particular nation. There is some variation from one post to the next, but there is a basic style that remains constant as you travel around the promenade. Here are two examples.
Let's start our journey around World Showcase with Mexico. The bridge that approaches this pavilion features very ornate, wrought iron half-post fixtures.
The vast majority of the lighting within the Mexico Pavilion comes from the various marketplace stalls scattered around the area. However, there are several stylish, five-globe streetlamps that were prominent during the colonial period of Mexico's history.
In the Norway Pavilion we find a number of different lampposts. Everything from the very rustic to the very fashionable. Some of these "lanterns" would have fit right in with the Castle Akershus, the 14th century fortress fashioned here.
As you would expect, China has some very stylized fixtures. Those along the promenade have a pagoda-like feel while those in the courtyard look like stone lanterns. If you venture deeper into the pavilion, bamboo and decorative globes create illuminating works of art.
Most of the lighting at African Outpost comes from the shops and a few bare light bulbs strung overhead. But this area does have one "hidden" lamppost. I want to thank my friend Rob for bringing this to my attention.
The Germany Pavilion was inspired by villages found along the Rhine and the light fixtures here would be typical of many of these communities. Only two posts are represented here and both are very similar in appearance. Notice the posts all sport baskets filled with geraniums year-round.
The Italy Pavilion was modeled after the Doge's Palace in Venice. Here you'll find some of the most exquisite and beautiful lampposts in World Showcase. They complement the architecture beautifully in the day and even more so in the evening.
The American Adventure only has one style of lamppost. It's simple and reflects the colonial design of the pavilion.
The primary lampposts in the Japan Pavilion have blue tops to match the nearby pagoda. This pagoda was modeled after an 8th century structure located in the Horyuji Temple in Nara. Further back in the pavilion large lanterns, reminiscent of traditional Japanese paper lanterns, hang from bamboo poles.
Although not a source of illumination, I felt this stone lantern must be included in my tour.
The Morocco Pavilion is divided into two sections. The front half, with a replica of the Koutoubia Minaret, represents Marrakech while the back half is the "old city" of Media. However both sections share the same design of lamppost. Pay attention to the detail and you'll notice the post has a spiral design and the colored glass is supported by intricate metal work.
The architecture for the France Pavilion recalls the Belle Epoque ("beautiful age") style of design which was prevalent during the second half of the 19th century. The streetlamps also reflect this era. The first posts you encounter are out front of the Chefs de France restaurant.
Near the Boulangerie Patisserie the lamps take on a more Art Nouveau design.
And finally, in the Galerie de Halles we find lampposts appropriate to this grand marketplace designed by noted French architect Victor Baltard.
My next non-lamppost is also found in the France Pavilion. This ornate pole supports a clock and is located in a lovely garden to the right side of the entrance.
The United Kingdom Pavilion seamlessly combines a number of locales into a small area. An elegant town square coexists with a waterside pub and rural country dwellings. And the lamppost all blend in naturally with the appropriate surroundings.
As much of the Canada Pavilion is placed in Disney's version of the Rocky Mountains, the lampposts here have a rustic look. Gas lanterns, the type that miners and frontiersmen might have used, are perched on poles and suspended high above.
In the lovely Victoria Gardens, inspired by the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, we find a lamppost befitting of this lovely park. These gardens are the largest (and most labor intensive) of all the Epcot pavilions.
My last offering in this blog is not a lamppost, but how could I ignore possibly the most famous bit of lighting in the park. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is a wonderful show and begins each evening with the narrator "blowing out" all of the nineteen torches which surround World Showcase Lagoon. As the show was originally created for the Millennium Celebration, the torches represent the nineteen centuries of the Common Era. The twentieth torch is presented and lit at the end of the show as the globe opens up and it rises from within. Each of the water-side torches stand 27 feet high.
In tomorrow's blog I'll be discussing the lampposts of the Magic Kingdom.
The previous post in this blog was Got A Light? - Part One - Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The next post in this blog is Got A Light? - Part Three - Magic Kingdom.