As times have changed, the Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot has changed with them. Opening in 1982, the ride received massive overhauls in 1986, 1994, and 2007, usually with the departure/addition of a corporate sponsor. With over a decade since the last reimagining and coupled with the recent departure of Siemens, Walt Disney Imagineering is ramping up for another round of changes for the park’s icon attraction.
If rumors are true, the ride inside of Spaceship Earth will see a refreshing of all scenes leading up to the Industrial Revolution portion (where newspapers are being printed as a young boy sells them steps away), with changes on a grand scale coming to every scene following that, all the way to the end of the ride. Sources also indicate that the scene in the dome at the top of the attraction where guests look back at Earth from space will be drastically reimagined utilizing the latest in projection mapping technologies.
A timeframe for these changes is unknown at this time. It is also unclear if there will be a new corporate sponsor or if Disney will be the one shelling out the money to fix Spaceship Earth as part of their ongoing overhaul of Epcot which includes a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille ride, and much more that has yet to be formally announced.
Changes are already visible in the Project Tomorrow post show at Spaceship Earth, where new signage and lighting has been installed to replace the old.
All of the Siemens references in the post show are long gone, even though the ride still mentions the company.
New signs above the exhibits now break the games into 4 categories: Health, Medicine, Transportation, and Energy. It is possible that these themes will be reflected in a new Spaceship Earth attraction narrative.
Disney has yet to announce any changes coming to the attraction.