If you kept a close eye out during the opening of the all-new “Walt Disney Imagineering Presents The Epcot Experience” Exhibit at The Odyssey Pavilion in Epcot, then you took in the display projections show in all its glory, but there was one goosebumps-inducing part of the projection show that focused on Spaceship Earth… and its upcoming future.
For context, you can catch the Spaceship Earth segment in the video below:
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 2017 departure of Siemens, Walt Disney Imagineering is ramping up for another round of changes for the park’s icon attraction, and now we have even more information on the upcoming changes, including a new name.
As was revealed during this year’s D23 Expo, Spaceship Earth will remain the park’s grand icon, but the journey will be transformed with new scenes reflecting the universal nature of the human experience. That being said, it appears the attraction will now be named “Spaceship Earth: Our Shared Story.” (Maybe it’ll be a dash instead of a colon, but given Disney’s inclination for the latter lately…)
The ride 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. New narration and an entirely new musical score will also be added to Spaceship Earth, featuring a “story light” element to bring to give each scene energy and beauty, tying the entire journey together.
Even posters displayed throughout the Epcot Experience Center’s halls showed the new attraction name and concept art.
We broke the news on the upcoming Spaceship Earth updates back in October 2018, and you can find more details that Disney hasn’t released on the project here. Disney has yet to mention a time frame regarding when these changes will take place, but we believe the ride overhaul will span early 2020 through the park’s 40th anniversary in the second half of 2022.