5 Reasons We Love Epcot’s Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World

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When most guests think of Epcot in Walt Disney World, they immediately picture Spaceship Earth. The attraction opened with the park in October 1981 and has been thrilling thousands of guests each day ever since. Spaceship Earth brings guests from the beginning of time to modern day for a history of communication and how it has evolved over time with technology. The spirit of Epcot is captured through the wonderful experience, showcasing to guests how technology and innovation can improve the future for generations to come. Each visit to Epcot must include a ride on Spaceship Earth and many guests love to return time after time again to enjoy the experience. From an amazing plot and structure to wonderful historical moments brought to life and an interactive element, Spaceship Earth is a favorite attraction of many. Here are the top five reasons why guests love Spaceship Earth in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.


1. Structure

Spaceship Earth is so well known with guests who visit Walt Disney World and Epcot thanks to its unique architecture. The structure that houses the attraction is a geodesic sphere covered with over eleven thousand futuristic looking silver triangles. Spaceship Earth is very unique in that it encases several things including the attraction, operations area, and backstage areas. Guests who enjoy a ride on Spaceship Earth often forget that they are actually moving up throughout the structure before descending again for the finale! After exiting the attraction, guests should definitely look at Spaceship Earth and just picture the experience housed within!

2. Judi Dench

Spaceship Earth is made totally unforgettable by the wonderful narration throughout the experience. Dame Judi Dench is the current narrator and she provides some humor and interesting facts to keep guests interested about the history of communication throughout the attraction. While Dench ends up providing guests with many factual tidbits, she also provides some wonderful and memorable lines including the reminder to thank the Phoenicians if you know your ABCs! With such a recognizable voice and wonderful narration, Dame Judi Dench is likely to be a fixture in Spaceship Earth for a long time to come.

3. Hidden Mickeys

Hidden throughout Walt Disney World are hundreds of Hidden Mickeys for guests to find. These Hidden Mickeys are often strategically placed in architecture, artwork, décor, and more and guests love to spot them. While there are too many to count throughout the property, Spaceship Earth is home to several of them. When moving through the Renaissance scene, guests should look to their left hand side slightly behind them to spot a sleeping monk at his work station. On the paper in front of his is an ink stain that forms a classic Hidden Mickey. Also in the Renaissance scene, guests pass by a table with painting supplies on it on the left hand side of their attraction vehicles. Previously used paint cans have left behind three rings of paint that come together to form a classic Hidden Mickey.


4. Interactive Ending

Right after boarding the attraction vehicles, guests are prompted to look up to the right hand side of their attraction vehicle and make sure that their faces are visible for a picture. That picture is them sent to the future and a little Disney magic ensures a wonderful ending at the conclusion of the experience. As guests descend back to the base of Spaceship Earth they are asked to answer a series of questions on a touch screen in front of them. Based upon their answers, a short cartoon vignette of their future is created complete with their faces on the animated characters! Guests can enjoy seeing their future selves do everything from commute to work in flying cars to living in a house made completely with recycled materials!

5. Project Tomorrow

After disembarking Spaceship Earth, guests head into Project Tomorrow where several amazing interactive experiences are waiting for them. The most popular experience features kiosks in the middle of the room where guests can check out a snapshot from their cartoon vignette and email it to themselves and family members. Once emailed, the picture appears in massive form on overhead screens. Guests can also look at a large map of the world that shows where all guests from the day are from. The interactive Body Builder experience invites guests to experience technology similar to performing surgery and Super Driver simulates vehicle accident avoidance techniques and systems being developed. Guests can also enjoy checking out Power City where they can learn about managing their power consumption in a growing city and Innervision where they can learn about the future of home medical diagnostics. While the experience of Spaceship Earth is amazing in its own way, there is still plenty for guests to enjoy once they disembark ad find themselves in Project Tomorrow!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.