EPCOT attraction in desperate need of an overhaul breaks down four times in one ride


EPCOT’s major overhaul, originally planned for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary last October, has suffered numerous delays due to budget concerns and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Spaceship Earth, the Disney park icon and opening day attraction, was the hardest hit. The ride has been slated for a major update and renovation since 2019. The renovation has been delayed several times and closure has not yet been announced for the classic ride.

Although Spaceship Earth is known for its frequent stops to allow visitors with reduced mobility to board the constantly moving attraction, one unlucky visitor experienced more significant and frustrating delays on Wednesday.

EPCOT's Spaceship Earth
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Reddit user u/oscarjoserodrigo posted, “Earth spacecraft crashed four times while I was there today.”

The user further clarified that the ride definitely broke down and didn’t just stop to allow guests to board. They wrote, “The cast members kept stopping the whole ride and restarting it.”

When asked, u/oscarjoserodrigo again confirmed that Spaceship Earth has mechanical issues. “They were on the loudspeakers explaining the situation, it wasn’t just for wheelchair loading.”

Spaceship Earth
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The fate of Spaceship Earth was a concern for many classic EPCOT fans after the ride lost its sponsor, Siemens, in 2017. But the 2019 news of a renovation brought renewed hope to Disney Parks fans. .

However, new concept art for EPCOT released by Disney this month suggests that many building plans have been downgraded, including the renovation of Spaceship Earth.

Concept art of Walt Disney World's EPCOT Worldwide Celebration
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Inside the Magic will report if any updates or closures are announced for Spaceship Earth at EPCOT at Walt Disney World.

Learn more about Spaceship Earth

epcot concept art
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Spaceship Earth, located in EPCOT’s World Celebration neighborhood, opened with EPCOT in 1982 and has been the park’s icon ever since. The Dark Ride is the perfect exploration of Earth’s past, present and future for Disney Park Guests of all ages. From Disney:

Travel back in time and explore the remarkable history of human communication from the Stone Age to the computer age.

Witness the defining moments of the incredible innovation that made today’s spectacular communications technology possible.

Travel to the dawn of mankind, when primitive man painted on the walls of caves. Watch new ideas spread like wildfire with Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. The wheels of time are turning ever faster as we enter the modern age of media, from newspapers announcing the end of the Civil War to televised coverage of the moon landing – and beyond.

All of those great moments come alive vividly using elaborate sets and advanced audio-animatronic figures during this inspiring 16-minute Omnimover-style attraction.

Forward to your future

Once back in the present, you’ll have the ability to design the kind of future you want to live in using the touchscreen inside your vehicle. Answer several short questions and get ready to see what your future looks like!

The story behind the spaceship

It is Epcot’s star attraction and the iconic symbol of the park. To create the experience inside the iconic geosphere, Disney Imagineers brought together some of the world’s greatest talents.

The all-star list includes Academy Award® winner Judi Dench as narrator and Emmy® winner Bruce Broughton, who conducted a 63-piece orchestra and 24-voice choir for her musical score. If you listen closely, you’ll notice that the music in each scene features era-appropriate styles and instruments, seamlessly transitioning to the next, which is no small feat.

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Do you think EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World needs to be upgraded? Let us know in the comments.

If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next family vacation to experience one of the four Disney Parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – but aren’t sure where to start planning, then don’t. do not hesitate to contact our friends at Academy Travel Certified Disney Vacation Planners for a free quote.


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