Today is the day… May 26. This is the day Disney announced in February would be the closure of EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth attraction. With EPCOT’s massive overhaul, particularity in the current Future World portion of the park, Disney has included a reimagining of Spaceship Earth. Thankfully, the iconic EPCOT “ball” itself is not going anywhere.
With the pandemic causing the closure of the parks, we’re left wondering if the May 26th closure date will hold true or if we’ll have a chance to ride through the attraction as is one last time. As of right now however, the Disney website states “Starting on May 26, Spaceship Earth will be closed for refurbishment as part of the exciting transformation of Epcot. Please check back here for updates.”
If you’re looking for some ideas of what’s to come to the newly reimagined attraction, DisneyParksBlog previously gave a few insights of what to expect back in February as follows:
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Spaceship Earth is more than just the physical icon of EPCOT – it’s a symbol of how the park continues to evolve. The attraction is a crucial piece of the historic transformation already underway at EPCOT, and our team here at Walt Disney Imagineering is excited to start implementing our new vision for Spaceship Earth beginning May 26.
This means Spaceship Earth in its current form will close for a time starting that day, and the ideas we are working on inside that geosphere will be well worth the wait. As we shared at last year’s D23 Expo, the next iteration of Spaceship Earth 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. Many of the moments you know and love will be updated in amazing ways, blended with brand-new scenes to tell a story about our human experience.
We’re excited to share a few additional details of what you can expect when this icon returns. You’ll visit Egypt, which is part of the current version of the attraction, but it will be an Egypt like you’ve never seen before, transformed through the power of light.
Throughout the attraction, you’ll hear new narration and see how light plays a central role in our shared human journey, coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together.
Walt Disney once said EPCOT “would always be in a state of becoming,” and Spaceship Earth has lived up to that vision for generations. This will be the attraction’s fourth – and most ambitious – update since the park’s grand opening on Oct. 1, 1982.
So long for now Spaceship Earth. We wish we had known our last ride would be truly, the last ride! We can’t wait however to experience the newly reimagined attraction in the future.