Goodbye to Spaceship Earth at EPCOT?


Back in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of Walt Disney World, EPCOT announced its plans to reimagine ‘Spaceship Earth’ the nostalgic ride housed inside that big ol’ golfball on May 26th 2020.

With that date now having been and gone and Walt Disney World not set to reopen it’s doors until July, have we ridden our last ride on Spaceship Earth as we know it?

Over on the official Disney Parks Blog, they told us when they announced the reimagining what we could expect:

Spaceship Earth is more than just the physical icon of EPCOT – it’s a symbol of how the park continues to evolve. The attraction is a crucial piece of the historic transformation already underway at EPCOT, and our team here at Walt Disney Imagineering is excited to start implementing our new vision for Spaceship Earth beginning May 26. 

This means Spaceship Earth in its current form will close for a time starting that day, and the ideas we are working on inside that geosphere will be well worth the wait. As we shared at last year’s D23 Expo, the next iteration of Spaceship Earth will focus on the story of humanity, following our long journey from prehistoric humans to today brought to life with magic and depth that only Disney can deliver. Many of the moments you know and love will be updated in amazing ways, blended with brand-new scenes to tell a story about our human experience. 

Today we’re excited to share a few additional details of what you can expect when this icon returns. You’ll visit Egypt, which is part of the current version of the attraction, but it will be an Egypt like you’ve never seen before, transformed through the power of light.

Throughout the attraction, you’ll hear new narration and see how light plays a central role in our shared human journey, coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together. 

Walt Disney once said EPCOT “would always be in a state of becoming,” and Spaceship Earth has lived up to that vision for generations. This will be the attraction’s fourth – and most ambitious – update since the park’s grand opening on Oct. 1, 1982. 

Stay with us here at the Disney Parks Blog as we chronicle this historic transformation – of Spaceship Earth and EPCOT as a whole – where we continue to invent the future one step at a time. 

Source: Disney Parks Blog
Artist Concept of EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth Reimagining.

So, if this was the last ride on Spaceship Earth as we once knew then all we can say is thanks for the memories!

We look forward to seeing what the imagineers can come up with to reimagine this classic. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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