The doors will close May 26
Walt Disney once said Epcot “would always be in a state of becoming,” that statement could not be truer today.
During the 2019 D23 Expo, it was announced that Epcot would see a major transformation. Since then, we have watched fences and barriers go up, buildings demolished and now – our first ride closure.
Spaceship Earth will close its doors as the 38-year-old ride gets a face-lift of its own.
Walt Disney World confirmed that crews will begin working on what they call the “new vision” for Spaceship Earth, starting May 26.
According to Disney officials, the new update will focus on the story of humanity and follow our long journey from the prehistoric era to the present.
Of course, this new vision will be accompanied by Disney magic and ingenuity that only Imagineers can deliver.
While some scenes will receive updates and remain inside the attraction, brand-new scenes will also be implemented to help tell the tale of our journey.
Disney released new concept art, pictured above, that depicts the Egyptian scene with new lighting effects and figures.
Guests will not only see the updates but will also hear the update as they board their time machine.
“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,” according to the Disney Parks Blog.
There is no word yet on if Dame Judi Dench will reprise her role as the narrator, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
There is no confirmed timeline on the update, but some Disney insiders say the update could take as long as two years.
When Spaceship Earth closes its doors, it will mark the attraction’s fourth and most ambitious update since the park’s opening on Oct. 1, 1982.
Once the update is completed the attraction will once again look like a grand and miraculous spaceship.