Quantcast Spaceship Earth 2-year Rehab? Fact or Fiction?
 
INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Guide Walt Disney World Disney Cruise Line Mousehut Mail WebDisney News INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Guide
News Discussion Theme Parks Resorts Info Central Shop Interactive Podcast INTERCOT Navigtion
 

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 23
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    York, PA
    Posts
    2,620
    Post Thanks / Like

    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.
    -Bud

    Walt Disney World:
    9/03 - CBR
    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18; 10/1/ - PC
    5/15 - POR

    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

    Next up: ????

  2.     Please Support INTERCOT's Sponsors:
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Carousel of Progress, FL
    Posts
    4,170
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    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.
    Genna
    Always Enjoy the
    ¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨Magic¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨

    "Now approaching, Mickey's Star Traders"

    If You Can Read This...
    ...Thank The Phoenicians!



  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,349
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    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.

    Steve
    First visit: Disneyland, July 17, 1955 (well, somebody had to be there on opening day!)

    Most Recent Visit:
    Disneyland - June 21-25, 2017
    WDW - Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2018 RunIcot
    Next up: WDW - Sept 2019

  5. Thanks PopPhan thanked for this post
    Likes PopPhan liked this post
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Chicago Suburbs
    Posts
    1,544
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

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

  7. Likes PopPhan liked this post
  8. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Bethlehem, GA
    Posts
    3,083
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    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.

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Posts
    1,949
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I may need an AED, for myself.
    ===================

    2016 POR
    2015 CS
    2014 WDW-Offsite
    2014 Disneyland-offsite
    2014 CBR
    2013 Dolphin
    2012 POR
    2012 WDW-Offsite
    2011 ASMusic, POR

    1998 Dixie Landings
    1990's, Dixie Landings, Misc Offsite

  10. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Neverland
    Posts
    3,994
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Bring back Jeremy Irons narration

  11. Likes MissStyles liked this post
  12. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,467
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Would they really have such an iconic ride closed for their 50th?
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
    AL, AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, ND, NJ, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV.

  13. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Posts
    1,949
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    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.
    ===================

    2016 POR
    2015 CS
    2014 WDW-Offsite
    2014 Disneyland-offsite
    2014 CBR
    2013 Dolphin
    2012 POR
    2012 WDW-Offsite
    2011 ASMusic, POR

    1998 Dixie Landings
    1990's, Dixie Landings, Misc Offsite

  14. Likes baldburke liked this post
  15. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Black Spire Outpost - Galaxy's Edge
    Posts
    22,803
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Not fiction... timeline shocked me, still trying to gather info if the dates are in deed correct because i actually heard closing at a later date than 2020... I heard 2021 or 2022... Plans may have been pushed up... The spine work is scheduled for 2020, so maybe they decided to include SSE into the work... Hopefully can find out this week while I am visiting...
    Son of Jor-El.. Kneel before Zod...

    TRICIA JONES: I heard that you were going to propose to Brandi Svenning at some theme park. When are men going to learn that women want ROMANCE, not Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...

    BRODIE: Hey, now, be fair. EVERYONE wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

  16. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,467
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    Not fiction... timeline shocked me, still trying to gather info if the dates are in deed correct because i actually heard closing at a later date than 2020... I heard 2021 or 2022... Plans may have been pushed up... The spine work is scheduled for 2020, so maybe they decided to include SSE into the work... Hopefully can find out this week while I am visiting...
    Just wondering if you heard anything.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
    AL, AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, ND, NJ, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV.

  17. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Posts
    1,949
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The rides that keep me coming back, are quickly eroding away..
    ===================

    2016 POR
    2015 CS
    2014 WDW-Offsite
    2014 Disneyland-offsite
    2014 CBR
    2013 Dolphin
    2012 POR
    2012 WDW-Offsite
    2011 ASMusic, POR

    1998 Dixie Landings
    1990's, Dixie Landings, Misc Offsite

  18. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,467
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by texas211 View Post
    The rides that keep me coming back, are quickly eroding away..
    Yeah. I understand that some people want new stuff, but I go back because of the stuff I like. If I wanted all new stuff, I would go to a different theme park.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
    AL, AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, ND, NJ, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV.

  19. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    York, PA
    Posts
    2,620
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Yeah. I understand that some people want new stuff, but I go back because of the stuff I like. If I wanted all new stuff, I would go to a different theme park.
    DING!!! Another vote for the mythical 5th Gate?????
    -Bud

    Walt Disney World:
    9/03 - CBR
    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18; 10/1/ - PC
    5/15 - POR

    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

    Next up: ????

  20. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Black Spire Outpost - Galaxy's Edge
    Posts
    22,803
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Just wondering if you heard anything.
    Nope, but I did for a few other things...

    Sorry, I haven't been by a computer since I returned home from my trip... I do want to finish my trip reports, eventually, and I do want to write up a mini rumor thread, which is always good for a discussion or two...
    Son of Jor-El.. Kneel before Zod...

    TRICIA JONES: I heard that you were going to propose to Brandi Svenning at some theme park. When are men going to learn that women want ROMANCE, not Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...

    BRODIE: Hey, now, be fair. EVERYONE wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

  21. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Black Spire Outpost - Galaxy's Edge
    Posts
    22,803
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by PopPhan View Post
    DING!!! Another vote for the mythical 5th Gate?????
    Universal will get it's third before WDW gets a 5th... They need to flush out and fix the parks they have first, which they are doing... Once those parks are built out, then I can see a 5th park... Until then...

    BTW, Universal needs to work on a few parts of the Studios and IOA, but everything seems to be on hold due to park 3... Dunno how I feel about that.... Because we could have had been discussing an Avengers ride in Superhero Island... Instead, we have nothing....
    Son of Jor-El.. Kneel before Zod...

    TRICIA JONES: I heard that you were going to propose to Brandi Svenning at some theme park. When are men going to learn that women want ROMANCE, not Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...

    BRODIE: Hey, now, be fair. EVERYONE wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

  22. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,467
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Universal sounds like it has some great stuff, but I just can't go there until they can accommodate DDIL's size. Hopefully they will take that into consideration when they do the new park.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
    AL, AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, ND, NJ, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV.

  23. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Black Spire Outpost - Galaxy's Edge
    Posts
    22,803
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Universal sounds like it has some great stuff, but I just can't go there until they can accommodate DDIL's size. Hopefully they will take that into consideration when they do the new park.
    That's my biggest issue with Universal... They do make their attraction seating for regular size people and do not take larger sized guests into account... I never had an issue at Disney, I had one issue at Universal...
    Son of Jor-El.. Kneel before Zod...

    TRICIA JONES: I heard that you were going to propose to Brandi Svenning at some theme park. When are men going to learn that women want ROMANCE, not Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...

    BRODIE: Hey, now, be fair. EVERYONE wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

  24. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,467
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    That's my biggest issue with Universal... They do make their attraction seating for regular size people and do not take larger sized guests into account... I never had an issue at Disney, I had one issue at Universal...

    I was so relieved when DDIL was able to get on FoP after assuring her at Disneyland that Disney would never do that to her. Researched everything. Got all the tips ready for her and DS (like flexing your foot forward) and I was the one they couldn't get to fit. I had to just laugh at the whole thing.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
    AL, AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, MT, ND, NJ, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV.

  25. Likes PopPhan liked this post
  26. #20
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Wilmington DE
    Posts
    1,270
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    This doesn't surprise me if they are keeping the sphere intact during the reno. I'm imagining it would be like Tetris. Taking the guts out may be easy, but trying to squeeze everything in the original 109k sqft space will definitely be a challenge. History the sphere originally took over two years to construct, so why not two years to rebuild?
    Beth & David

    09/82 Treehouse Villas, 06/86 BVP, 10/95 CBC, 10/99 DI, 08/03 PORS, 10/05 POP, 11/06 AKL, 09/09 POLY, 10/10 Wonder, 05/11 Dream/PORS, 08/13 POLY, 11/13 GF, 04/15 POLY, 11/15 BLT, 11/16 Aulani, 03/17 BLT, 08/18 BLT

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

 
Company
Advertising
Guest Relations
Community
Discussion Boards
Podcast
Newsletter
Shop
Social
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Pinterest
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Enter your email address below to receive our newsletter:
INTERCOT Logo PRIVACY STATEMENT / DISCLAIMER | DISCUSSION BOARD RULES
© Since 1997 INTERCOT - a Levelbest Communications Website. This is not an official Disney website.
> Levelbest Network Site