Spaceship Earth

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite architectural details at the Disney Parks.

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Spaceship Earth stands proudly over Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Orange Loop!  Today we are taking a look at some of the incredible architectural details that you can find at Walt Disney World and the rest of the Disney Parks!  For me, I’m focusing on one of my absolute favorite attractions at Epcot (or any Disney Park, for that matter) — Spaceship Earth!

From a technology perspective, Spaceship Earth combines some incredibly cool — I would almost say geeky — stats as well as some technology from yesteryear.  Let’s dive into them just a little bit, shall we?

  • Spaceship Earth is 180 feet tall, and weighs in at about 16 million pounds!
  • The skin of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles!
  • Did you know that the water from rain that lands on Spaceship Earth never falls to the pavement below? There is a special system in place that takes the water and drains it into World Showcase Lagoon!
  • Spaceship Earth has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!
  • As part of the attraction, though, did you know that Spaceship Earth incorporates an old 1A2 key system phone into one of it’s props?  Now that’s old school!
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The scenes inside the attraction are my favorites!

For me, though, more than the numbers, more than the technology, more than the incredible photo opportunities, what I really like about Spaceship Earth is the attraction, the ride itself.  Somehow, knowing that you are climbing into the belly of the “big golf ball” and heading all the way to the top is just really cool to me.  Reliving all of the exploration of how communication has adapted over time is really neat, and the sites, smells, sounds of it all just bring you there as if you are experiencing it firsthand.  That’s why I like Spaceship Earth so much.  Man, I miss this attraction!

I hope you have enjoyed our look at Spaceship Earth!  Tell me, what do you think of this attraction?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Now go check out the rest of the loop — we’ve got some great posts for you to read!

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13 Responses to “Blogorail Orange: Spaceship Earth Architectural Details”

  1. I love it! Spaceship Earth is a must-do attraction for me every time I’m visiting Epcot. It brings back so many memories from my first visit in 1988.

    • Me too, Heidi! My first visit to Epcot was the summer of 1983! I remember my grandparents took me. We went with friends of theirs and their grandson Chris, and Chris and I were able to hang out and go to all these attractions on our own while our grandparents relaxed and took it easy! It was my first time going to a park where I was able to go off with a friend without adults watching over us! :)

      Ah, the memories!

  2. I love Spaceship Earth; its a truly unique piece of engineering. Did you know it is the world’s first architectural Geodesic Sphere? It’s just so neat to look at, and the way colors bounce off of the panels is just beautiful!

  3. It’s such a unique centerpiece of a theme park, where normally all you see are roller coasters and fake facades. Spaceship earth is truly a masterpiece!

  4. I am also a fan of Spaceship Earth. When I was little I thought all those triangles were also solar panels that ran the vehicles. I always imagined that the cars slowed down because clouds were blocking out the sun.

  5. This is my favorite ride. I could ride it over and over!! Going in December with an annual pass for the first time. This will be our first stop!