The Lights of Winter at Epcot debuted for Christmas 1994 and were retired in 2009, with their last Christmas season on display being 2008. They were a series of archways that covered the gap between Future World and World Showcase with over 30,000 lights that danced to the area’s music loop. We caught them in 2007 and 2008 (and I saw them a few times growing up), and really miss their presence in Walt Disney World during the holidays. While the Lights of Winter weren’t an attraction, per se, they attracted many guests and were a fan favorite. We certainly loved the Lights of Winter, so I thought it would be appropriate to put together a tribute article for those who never got to experience them.
This tribute is mostly in the form of my few photos of the Lights of Winter, plus limited info and links I’ve scrounged up from elsewhere. The Orlando Sentinel ran an article on the Lights of Winter back when they premiered (it’s behind a paywall, so I only read the summary), but other than that, I couldn’t find much historical information on the Lights of Winter. It seems to be one of those things that was beloved, but taken for granted. The most extensive information I’ve found about the Lights of Winter is on E82: The Epcot Legacy, which has several articles including a downloadable loop of the music that played at the Lights of Winter. Probably the most extensive photo gallery of the Lights of Winter (at least that I’ve found) is this one from Mousesteps. AllEars also did a post with a few photos showing off the beauty of the Lights of Winter. For a display that ran through 2008, it’s surprising that there are so few good photos and info about the Lights of Winter online. This should not be considered a proxy for popularity–whenever we visited Epcot during its Holidays Around the World, the area around the Lights of Winter archways was packed with people gazing at the lights and taking photos. (I guess most of those photos just never found their way online?) (more…)