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Monday, May 20, 2024

New EPCOT Spectacular ‘Luminous’ Delayed Due To Rejected Musical Score

Last week, Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle revealed the name for EPCOT’s next nighttime spectacular: Luminous – The Symphony of Us. In previous updates, Disney suggested the show would premiere sometime around early October as part of the Disney 100 celebration. Now, the show officially premieres on December 5th, 2023. So, what caused this large delay?

Broken in a story on Monday by WDW News Today, Disney executives disliked the show’s soundtrack composed by Pinar Toprak.

Epcot Forever musical arranger working on the pre-production version of the score in Logic Pro X. (©Disney)

Typically, when a new fireworks show is in development, the composer creates an in-computer version of their score. Then, project supervisors and Disney executives critique this easily-tweaked digital score until it meets their final approval. Once approval is obtained, the score is recorded by one of several prestigious symphony orchestras. This real-life recording session is extremely expensive for Disney, often costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single take or two.

Uncredited symphony orchestra recording Epcot Forever. (©Disney)

According to sources of Mickey Views, the score for Luminous was approved and subsequently recorded by the orchestra. Upon further review, the executives decided they wanted to throw it out.

Allegedly, Disney executives have now ordered over 70% of the score be re-composed and re-performed. This change pushed back the premiere of Luminous, and pushed the music budget in excess of $1.5M. This staggering figure for audio alone does not factor in the costs of show infrastructure, personnel costs, materials costs, or promotion.

In our brand-new video, we cover this development in detail starting at 9 minutes.

Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World (middle), announces name for new Epcot show. (©Disney)

Here’s to hoping the executives put their foot down for good reason, and the final soundtrack satisfies fans when Luminous premieres on December 5th, 2023.

Brayden produces quality Disney news commentary videos at Mickey Views. He is also working on feature-quality documentary films at "Address Unknown."


  1. Was at Hollywood studios today. 10/11,Josh D’Amale and Jeff Vahle were walking around by the muppets,shaking hand of employees. I guess they were looking where to send that $60. Billion.


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