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Go on a journey through time inside the iconic, 18-story sphere of Epcot for the story of human communications. Spaceship Earth shows exactly where we, as a human race, started and where we are heading through audioanimatronic scenes.
You’ll make your way inside the futuristic geosphere and board the slow moving “time machine.” As you navigate through a dark sea of stars, make your face visible for the camera above. Your picture will come into play later in the ride!
Soon enough, you’ll hear Dame Judi Dench’s voice as she narrates the progression of communications and human innoventions. The story begins at the dawn of time in the prehistoric era, where you’ll witness man’s first spoken word. Next, you’ll observe as the ancient Egyptians create hieroglyphics, and the Phoenicians develop an alphabet. The voyage through time continues and you’ll witness many more significant occurrences and discoveries, such as:
You’ll then rotate backwards to return to Earth with Dame Judi Dench ending your journey with this: “The choices we’ve made over the last 40,000 years have been inventing the future one day at a time. And now it’s your turn. Let’s have some fun creating the future, shall we? ” At this point, you’ll design your own “future” on the touch screen on the seatback in front of you. Your face will be super-imposed on the screen, so hopefully you smiled at the beginning of the ride! Check out Project Tomorrow to discover the inventions of tomorrow.
Spaceship Earth is the first attraction you encounter when you enter the park, but don’t make the mistake of going on it then. You’ll want to take advantage of shorter lines at the more popular attractions like Test Track, Soarin’ and Mission: SPACE the first hour or two after the park opens. Spaceship Earth loads quickly and continuously, so you’ll be able to go on it later with minimal wait.
We parents love the bewildered look on Tad and Lily’s faces when they’re reminded there was a time when there were no mobile phones and lap tops. Spaceship Earth is an Epcot must-do for the Frog Family. It really captures the message of the entire park, and is touched up on a regular basis to keep the scenes renewed.
The Spaceship Earth attraction is located inside the iconic massive sphere in Epcot and actually spirals through the 18-story interior. The ride lasts 16 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Each ride vehicle seats two guests and has no lap restraints. The door to each ride vehicle closes when the attraction begins. Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the ride vehicle.
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It took two years and two months to build Spaceship Earth. That's 40,800 manhours! The lines for Spaceship Earth are usually longest during morning hours, and at their shortest just before Park closing. Disney's Magical Moments pins are designed to interact with this attraction.
It took two years and two months to build Spaceship Earth. That's 40,800 man-hours! Spaceship Earth weighs 16 million pounds and is made up of 11,324 triangles. And did you know that rainwater never falls off of the sphere? It’s absorbed into the ball and funneled away into the World Showcase Lagoon.
The Imagineers worked hard to create accurate scenes on the ride. Much of the inventions showed throughout Spaceship Earthare exact replicas of the originals, such as the steam press, the scrolls in the Egyptian scene and the quadrant in the Islamic scene. Another fascinating fact – the movable type on John Gutenberg’s printing press can actually move!
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