Spaceship Earth

Blogorail Orange: Spaceship Earth Architectural Details

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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What is your favorite Disney Roller Coaster?

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick -- this shot was taken while we were upside down!

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick — this shot was taken while we were upside down!

Piggy-backing on yesterday’s post on California Screamin’, we’ve got a poll for you today.  Thinking about all of the Disney roller coasters you have experienced in your life, whether it be at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, Disneyland Paris, and so on, what is your absolute favorite roller coaster?  There are several to choose from, of course.  You’ve got Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Expedition Everest, California Screamin’, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the list goes on.  Have a look at our poll, we’ve included several options to choose from, as well as an option to choose your own.


This is an open poll, so it won’t close, and you should be able to choose your own answer if ours doesn’t fit in what you are looking for, so have at it!  Of course, the Disney parks aren’t like the Six Flags and the Carowinds of the world, so chances are there may be roller coasters at other amusement parks you like better — but for us, we want to know which is your favorite Disney roller coaster, so let us know your thoughts, and thanks!

How California Screamin’ can make you sick…

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

California Screamin’, located over in Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure Park, is, in my opinion, the best roller coaster at any Disney park.  I know that Space Mountain certainly has it’s fans, as does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, but for me, California Screamin’ has got it all.  This roller coaster is what the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is based off of, but it is twice as long, outdoors, and offers up some great views of parts of the park.  In the video, you’ll see great moments involving another train that we almost criss-crossed with during our run.

During our trip this past July, Shane and I rode in the very front seats of the coaster, and shot this video with my GoPro.  I apologize in advance for the quality — I am not a videographer at all, and this video proves it!  However, I hope it does give you some insight into how California Screamin’ can make you sick!  If nothing else, the quality of the video may do the trick all on it’s own!

So how can California Screamin’ make you sick?  Well, to be honest, I’m not sure how often people do get sick on this coaster — but I imagine if you were to load up on a bunch of junk food, maybe ride the Tower of Terror several times in a row, and things like that, getting on California Screamin’ may put you over the edge.

So tell me, what did you think of the video?  More importantly, what do you think of California Screamin’?  Have you ridden it before?  Take a moment and let me know in the comments, and thanks for riding along with us!

Tom Sawyer Island

Wordless Wednesday – Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island is a hidden gem in the heart of the Magic Kingdom!  Accessed by taking a raft across the Rivers of America, the island is full of unique trinkets and hidden hideaways that you can use as a great way to slow down and just enjoy the day!  If you have never been to Tom Sawyer Island, I urge you to correct that mistake and just spend a little bit of time enjoying a slower pace.  Who knows, you may even find a paint brush that you can turn in for a FastPass!

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop that my friend Deb is hosting on her site Focused on the Magic.  Why not take a look at all the other entries for this week by clicking on the button below!  Thanks!

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24 Days: Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl is our choice for #Day24 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Get ready to spin back in time!

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are taking a look at Primeval Whirl in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  This is a deceptively cool ride!  It’s a thrill ride, but it’s not just a tame roller coaster.  When you ride Primeval Whirl, get ready, because you are going to spin almost as much as you do on Kali River Rapids!

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Here is the Time Machine, your mode of transportation on Primeval Whirl!

Your mode of transportation starts with this baby — the Time Machine!  As you can see, she seats four comfortably — or perhaps uncomfortably depending on how much spinning you do!  This round vehicle will transport you back in time, to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth, just prior to their extinction!

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Get Ready. Get Set! Your Time Machine is taking you back to a time you won’t soon forget!

This ride is a lot of fun for me.  If you’ve ever been to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, there is a ride there called Goofy’s Sky School, and that attraction is built on the same spinning vehicle design as Primeval Whirl.  The ride feels like you are going to go flying right off the end of the track, but at the last moment, you turn, often in 90 degree turns, and that’s when the spinning begins!  Couple that with up and down small drops, and speed increases, and you know what?  You are in for the ride of your life!

I really like this attraction, and hope you do to, but tell me, is this your cup of tea, or do you go get a Jumbo Turkey Leg while others are riding?  Let me know in the comments, and in the meantime, here’s a bonus photo of Sophie eating that turkey leg!

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“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”