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    Default Spaceship Earth 2-year Rehab? Fact or Fiction?

    Have been seeing some hub-bub about Spaceship Earth closing sometime next year (2020) for a two (2) year rehab. At which time most of the ride will get 'freshened' up to the scene with the newspaper boy, then mostly new from there on...including having something 'real' as you go back down...The exit area to be completely gutted and redone, and all the graphics, including the Earth shot as you are going backward, brought up to HD levels.

    Is there any truth to these rumors? I would hate to be spreading conjecture and wishful thinking. Does that mean there is a new sponsor?

    If this is so much baloney, feel free to remove this message/thread.
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    Just last night I saw similar information, but I can't remember where. I'm thinking it's genuine and I'm glad to hear about it. The novelty of that backwards ride down SSE is long gone.
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    My gut tells me this is true - at least in general.

    There does seem to be a lot of buzz on this one, and Disney's official statement on the subject has been to neither confirm nor deny the rumor - just re-state that Epcot is undergoing a multi-year transformation. If, as I've read (and seems likely after nearly 40 years or operation), that the entire ride track needs to be replaced, then the two-year timeframe seems logical to basically dismantle the entire ride and re-build it. Since there's currently no sponsor for Spaceship Earth, Disney is free to do whatever they want to do with the area.

    The "late 2022" re-opening date that's been circulating matches with the 40th anniversary of Epcot on Oct 1, 2022. So this could easily be part of the larger "multi-year transformation" of Epcot.

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    My travel agent at Magical Journeys posted it so I'm guessing it's true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangorn View Post
    just re-state that Epcot is undergoing a multi-year transformation
    Based on the trend, I don't have a good feeling about that. We'll see if it comes out better on the other side.

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    Bring back Jeremy Irons narration

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    Would they really have such an iconic ride closed for their 50th?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Would they really have such an iconic ride closed for their 50th?
    People who would take out, We wants the redheads, clearly would do anything.
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