Changes Coming to EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth

Exterior of Spaceship Earth
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As part of Disney’s 100th anniversary, Walt Disney World is busting out a series of special events. Among these, many changes include a unique lighting display on Spaceship Earth. The iconic geodesic dome structure is visible from nearly all of Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. Through the years and many celebrations, it has undergone past enhancements (some controversial). These changes included the addition of a Mickey Mouse arm with a wand in 2000 and its subsequent removal in 2007.

Rainbow Connection Spaceship Earth (1)

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A New Look

But the new lighting display shared by Walt Disney World to coincide with the company’s 100-year celebration looks like a completely new nighttime experience. According to Jason Read, lighting designer principal for Walt Disney Imagineering, “You may see homages to everything from the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ television show opening to Mickey balloons that we sell on Main Street, U.S.A.” Disney fans can only hope!

The new display also coincides with new platinum outfits for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at EPCOT, premium popcorn buckets in the Magic Kingdom, and more surprises to come!

It will no doubt be a big year for The Walt Disney Company as Guests visiting either World Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort will have the chance to experience unique memories.

A Classic Attraction

The classic Disney Park symbol houses an Omni-mover ride system that has been in operation since the park opened in 1982. Although it has undergone multiple changes and refurbishments through the years (as with many Disney Park attractions), the theme of communication across time and an optimistic view of the future has remained consistent. It has also seen a variety of narrators through the years, including Vic Perrin, Walter Cronkite, Jeremy Irons, and Judi Dench (currently).

Mickey on EPCOT Ball Waving

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Check back often as more details about the 100th anniversary and new nighttime show emerge!

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)