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.”
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.
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.”
The ride’s track will be overhauled with new loading and unloading areas, increasing 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.
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.
For 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.
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!
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The new all caps EPCOT logo: