Spaceship Earth

16 Days: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth was first sponsored by Bell System, then AT&T, but it is now sponsored by Siemens.

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are continuing our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and we are now down to #Day16 in our countdown!  For this day, we are going to focus on one of my favorite attractions — Spaceship Earth!  This is not just an attraction — like all of the Future World exhibits, it’s also a pavilion, and it is an engineering marvel in my opinion.  The ride is a dark ride, in a slow moving space train that takes you up and into the geodesic dome and tells you all about the way communication has come about on our planet.  It’s a really neat ride because it isn’t just a fun time — it’s a history lesson also, and now, with the changes that have come about since Siemens became the sponsor, you will now be able to interact with and help shape how your future might look.

The narrators for the attraction have been, in order, Lawrence Dobkin, Walter Kronkite, Jeremy Irons, and now, Dame Judi Dench.  To be honest, even though I have been on the ride when Dobkin and Irons were narrating (at least, and perhaps also with Kronkite), I scarcely remember what it was like, and my favorite rendition is this version with Dench.  What about you?

Spaceship Earth

At night, Spaceship Earth is — bar none — one of the best structures to photograph!

In my opinion, Spaceship Earth is without a doubt one of the best structures in all of Disney to photograph, especially at night.  The triangles of the dome really make for some very interesting colors at night, and they capture it and refract it and change it so that it’s almost like a wave of color!

Spaceship Earth

Here you see Spaceship Earth standing tall and proud. This shot was taken from the top of the World Showcase.

Even in the day, though, it’s easy to see how Spaceship Earth is the focal point — the Weenie — of Epcot.  Even from way over by the Italy Pavilion, you can see how Spaceship Earth stands tall over the park, reminding us all that the future and the technology are all there for us to see and learn about…

What do you think of Spaceship Earth?  Is it a must ride, or do you only need to see it every now and again?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Spaceship Earth

Disney Trivia – Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure at Epcot, is our choice for Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia segment!  We are joined, as always, by Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse!  Perhaps we will be joined by you, too?  If you have a Disney blog and want to link up with us, feel free to do so, and thanks!

Today we’ve got some Spaceship Earth trivia for you.  Let’s see how many of these facts you knew about:

  • 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!
  • There is some debate over who the original narrator of the attraction was.  Some say Vic Perrin, and some say Larry Dobkin.
  • The second narrator was Walter Cronkite, followed by Jeremy Irons, and lastly, Judi Dench.
  • 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!

Did you like my Spaceship Earth trivia?  If so, let me know in the comments which ones you did or did not know about, and thanks!

Now, go check out the rest of the entries from this week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Epcot Future World: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first stop in our journey around the Future World of Epcot!  This is Spaceship Earth, which I didn’t know until I started this project was actually considered a pavilion of it’s own!  Did you know that?  Spaceship Earth is one of our favorite attractions at Epcot, and my daughter Sophie and I love to ride in it and learn about our past in ways that only Disney can teach us.  Where else do you get a front row seat of Pharaoh, the Phoenicians, or the Roman Empire and it’s “World Wide Web”?

Spaceship Earth is a geodesic dome, which has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!  In addition, there are 11,324 tiles on the outside of the dome, and it has a weight of 15,520,000 pounds (7,760 tons!).

The ride itself is classified as a dark ride, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s scary — just that it takes place in a darkened environment.  You load on an Omnimover, which travels at a constant slow rate of speed to guide you through the attraction.  The music you hear is offset by narration, currently the narrator for the ride is Dame Judi Dench.  Previously to her being the narrator you had Jeremy Irons (Scar from The Lion King, you know), Walter Cronchite, and the original narrator, Lawrence Dobkin.

Your trip through the history of communication lasts 15 minutes, and is a great attraction to enjoy when the blazing Florida summer heat is at it’s worse.  Traditionally, Spaceship Earth has longer lines at park opening than it does in the afternoon because everyone seems to congregate there first because it’s the first thing people generally see at Epcot — unless they come in from the International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom.

Part of the enjoyment of Spaceship Earth is that you are able to plugin demographics information about where you live, your picture is taken as you ascend into the dome, and at the end, you answer questions on your car about what you want your future to look like.  After that, you get off the ride, and enter Project Tomorrow, which has a lot of different activities you can enjoy, as well as seeing your pictures appear on the globe where you touched in your car.  You can also send an email of your video to your friends so they can see what you have been up to!

Like many things that Disney does, Spaceship Earth is a great, unique attraction and pavilion that does an incredibly good job at teaching you about communication, history, and our past, but does it in a way that you are able to have fun and not really focus on the fact that you are learning things.  It is this unique balance of education and entertainment that has made Epcot one of the most popular parks at Walt Disney World, and is a signature statement for how Disney handles things.  Thanks for stopping by and reading about Spaceship Earth!

The early Disney visits

My Dreams of Disney In the beginning of my Disney experiences, all of our visits consisted of single day trips.  The first time we went, we spent one day at the Magic Kingdom, one day at Sea World, and then continued our trip out to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center.

When we went to Epcot in 1983, we went over and back in one day, although we didn’t get back to Port Richey until about 12:30 AM (or maybe later)!  With Grandma and Grandpa living in state, it just didn’t make sense to stay in a resort, or visit for longer than a day at a time.

However, in 2000, all that would change.  That was the year that I found the love of my life, Cindy.  In June and July of that year, my parents, Cindy, and I went to visit my Grandparents.  While we were visiting them, Cindy and I decided to take a couple of days and go to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center.  Since we were there at the right time, we went for July 3rd and 4th.  We stayed at a hotel in Orlando, so we didn’t stay on property, but despite that, we still had a great time.

We both expected the parks to be really packed, but to our surprise, it wasn’t so bad.  We had a really great time, and we saw a show that is no longer presented at the Magic Kingdom:  The Timekeeper.

If you have never seen it, the Timekeeper was a circle-vision movie about time travel that was hosted by Robin Williams.  His assistant, 9-Eye, was played by Rhea Pherlman, and there are other big name actors in it as well, such as Jeremy Irons.  I really liked the Timekeeper show (for an idea of where the show was presented, the current attraction is the Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor).  I have found a YouTube videos of the Timekeeper, so feel free to enjoy it if you wish.

By the way, as a side note about the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, did you know that you can text in a joke to Mike Wazowski, and he might use it in the show!  We did that once with my daughter, and it was selected for the show.  Her joke:  “Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get away from KFC!”

When they read the joke, a few people laughed, and then they said “We don’t get it either.”  Sophie was so excited about it, though, that was all she could talk about!