Spaceship Earth, Dreamers Point and Walt Disney Statue Rumor Tracker

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    TIMEFRAME

    2020-2022

    RUMOR STATUS

    Confirmed

    Spaceship Earth will undergo a significant refurbishment. It will still be a “voyage through time” with the focus now being on the power of storytelling and how it unites the human experience. A new narration and new musical score will be added.

    Concept art was shared during the presentation showcase a magical “story light” that appeared to illuminate certain scenes and follow along with the ride vehicle during the voyage through time.

    As part of the Spaceship Earth updates, a new exit area called Dreamers Point will be constructed. The area promises to offer views of World Showcase and will feature a new statue of Walt Disney.

    The attraction is rumored to close in early 2020 and reopen in the second half of 2022. Rumored updates to the attraction include:

    • An updated name: Spaceship Earth: Our Shared Story
    • Track replacement and extended track layout
    • New load and unload
    • Replacement to the post show area
    • Refreshing of all scenes up to Industrial Revolution (Printing Press)
    • Wholesale changes to all scenes following the Industrial Revolution

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    October 1, 2019: At The Epcot Experience Center posters and the presentation room indicated a new subtitle for Spaceship Earth, Spaceship Earth: Our Shared Story.

    September 2, 2019: On the latest episode of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentioned that a piece of concept art shown at the D23 Expo for the Spaceship Earth redo did appear to feature a Moana scene.

    August 25, 2019: During the Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek confirmed that Spaceship Earth will undergo a significant refurbishment. It will still be a “voyage through time” with the focus now being on the power of storytelling and how it unites the human experience. A new narration and new musical score will be added.

    Concept art was shared during the presentation showcase a magical “story light” that appeared to illuminate certain scenes and follow along with the ride vehicle during the voyage through time.

    As part of the Spaceship Earth updates, a new exit area called Dreamers Point will be constructed. The area promises to offer views of World Showcase and will feature a new statue of Walt Disney.

    August 19, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Parks and Resorts presentation at the D23 Expo (scheduled for August 25th) is expected to be Epcot heavy and include the following updates:

     

    July 25, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the timing of the Spaceship Earth updates are fluid, but he expects it to remain open, “way past October”.

    February 7, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Spaceship Earth will be undergoing a substantial refurbishment that will be grander in scale than the last two updates and may close before the end of the year.

    Subsequent posts (Post 1, Post 2)indicated that the attraction is expected to be closed for most (if not all) of 2020 as well as 2021 and include changes to the queue, pre-show and post-show,

    October 26, 2018: ThemeParkInsider.com (Robert Niles) is reporting that Disney has ordered the installation of LED panels for the South side exterior of Spaceship Earth to be used as part of the new nighttime show at Epcot.

    October 11, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting that Spaceship Earth will undergo a 2 year refurbishment beginning in 2020. The attraction is rumored to close in early 2020 and reopen in the second half of 2022. Rumored updates to the attraction include:

    • Track replacement and extended track layout
    • New load and unload
    • Replacement to the post show area
    • Refreshing of all scenes up to Industrial Revolution (Printing Press)
    • Wholesale changes to all scenes following the Industrial Revolution

    The article also references the internal project name for Future World updates as “Project Gamma”.

    September 2, 2018: Spaceship Earth closed unexpectently today with water visiblly leaking from the exterior of the attraction near the queue. @Blog_Mickey is reporting that the leak is affecting the Greek scholars scene in the attraction.

    The water began leaking from the attraction between 10:00 – 10:30 AM, prior to any rain for the day. While unconfirmed, this points to an internal issue as opposed to an issue with the attraction’s gutter system.

    August 28, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting a rumor that Spaceship Earth could see updates in the near future. The article reports that scenes leading up to the Industrial Revolution will receive a “refreshing”, with scenes following the Industrial Revolution receiving changes on a “grands scale”. The article also indicates that the 180 degree domed top where guests currently see the Earth will receive significant projector updates. No timetable was given for these updates.

    August 8, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that a 5th version of Spaceship Earth should happen in the “next half decade or so.”

    August 2, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting that Siemens has abandoned the corporate lounge inside Spaceship Earth ahead of the conclusion of their contract.

    June 29, 2017: BlogMickey.com is reporting that Siemens employees have been notified that their contract with Disney will not be renewed after it expires at the end of 2017. Siemens currently sponsors Spaceship Earth and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. It is unknown what change (if any) this will have on those attractions.

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