BREAKING: Siemens Ending Disney Parks Sponsorship, Leaves Spaceship Earth & IllumiNations Future in Doubt

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Siemens AG, who has been a Disney Parks corporate sponsor since 2007, has chosen to not renew their deal.

Siemens sponsored Spaceship Earth and IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, as well as “it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park. In the past, they also sponsored the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (as Sylvania, a company they own) and their technology was used to create the Radiator Springs Racers attraction at Disney California Adventure and used elsewhere in the parks.

The end of the sponsorship comes amidst rumors that Siemens offered Walt Disney World a new monorail fleet for free so long as they were company branded, but Disney reportedly declined.

In the midst of a rather large overhaul of Epcot, this change does make the future of Spaceship Earth a lot more interesting. It was already assumed that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth would be going away, but this change makes the end of that show all the more likely.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Good riddance to illuminations. The only downside to that is now we might actually need to watch a show instead of using the good opportunity to get on the rides that are usually packed. That I can’t agree with all the grass or is out there about Disney being cheap and doing the least possible. We had cast members going out of their way all along our very recent trip. We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday for the five days we were there and she must have gotten a million “happy birthday princess!” not to mention three free cupcakes at different locations and a free Trading pin at one of the DVC community centers. The characters were all fabulous as usual, and we had great food at the Epcot festival, Trattoria on the boardwalk, Yak & Yeti, and the California Grill. I have seen stories about Park attendance being down, but unfortunately it hasn’t been down at the times we visited. We were told that this past Wednesday when we were at the Magic Kingdom attendance reached Christmas Peak levels. It was crowded and hot but we still had a great time. Good planning goes a long way in that situation. Which is why we’re already starting to plan a trip for next year.