Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Will Be Closing May 26, 2020!

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Spaceship Earth during the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney Parks continues to move forward with the major renovations and upgrades at EPCOT ahead of the 40th anniversary celebration planned for 2022.

Included in the renovation is the complete overhaul of Spaceship Earth.

The update “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.”

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The Egypt scene is getting a major overhaul with all the hieroglyphics being dramatically illuminated. Have you ever spotted the Star Wars ones???

Some scenes will be updated and remain in the attraction, to be joined by some brand new scenes that help tell the story of our human experience. In Egypt, for example, the scene will be transformed with new dramatic lighting effects.

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This is a hidden hieroglyphic on one of the pillars on the right hand side of the ride. R2D2 and CP3O!!! (We always look for it!)

The attraction will also featuring new narration and a focus on how light plays a role in our shared journey, “coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together.”

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The entrance to Spaceship Earth is way too congested on heavy load days, especially the Fast Pass queue.  This queue is being redesigned.

The ride’s track will be overhauled with new loading and unloading areas, increasing the ride’s capacity.

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The loading/unloading area will be expanded to increase the ride’s capacity.

The scene at the top of the dome’s attraction where guests look back at Earth from space is being drastically reimagined utilizing the latest in projection mapping technologies.

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Boring!

We’ve always thought LOTS more could be done with the second half of the ride whereby you ride backwards down from the very top of the dome with nothing to look at but light points.  BORING!

Rumor has it that this will be much improved when the ride reopens in 2022.

epcot3For the exterior of Spaceship Earth, Disney will be setting-up projection mapping in mid-2020, covering the entire geodesic sphere with projections during the ride’s lengthy downtime and the redevelopment of the area around it.

It should make for a nice nighttime display as guests are leaving the park.

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Goodbye Starry Nights, the twinkling starlights on the path towards Spaceship Earth.  We loved them!

Goodbye, Starry Nights! As the changes at EPCOT continue they are being turned off and removed  😦  We hope Disney Parks will find a place for them somewhere in EPCOT by 2022.

The major overhaul will cause the ride to close from May 2020 until just ahead of the park’s 40th anniversary in October 2022, two years from now!

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...
Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…
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EPCOT seen from the air flying out of Orlando International Airport. Major changes are underway at the entire park!

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Having a fun day at EPCOT! Caroline is wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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The new all caps EPCOT logo:

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January 17, 2020: The new 2020 EPCOT logo debuts at the International Festival of the Arts.  Back to the original all caps again!

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