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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