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Spaceship Earth, Presented
by AT&T, opened on October 1, 1982. On May 26, 1986,
Walter Cronkite became the attraction's narrator. As part
of the re-Imagineering of Future World's pavilions, Spaceship
Earth closed on August 15, 1994. The new attraction,
featuring Jeremy Irons as narrator and the Global Neighborhood,
opened on November 23, 1994. The original Global Neighborhood
closed on July 6, 1999, was updated, and re-opened as the
New Global Neighborhood on November 24, 1999.
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Spaceship Earth Fact Sheet
- The geosphere is 180 feet in height. At its lowest point, it stands
18 feet off the ground.
- The inner sphere (which houses the ride) is 165 feet in diameter
and the outer sphere (the silver panels) is 180 feet in diameter.
The outer sphere is held about 2 feet away from the inner sphere.
- It encompasses 2,200,000 cubic feet of space and has an outside
surface of 150,000 square feet.
- Its six legs are supported by pylons sunk 120 to 185 feet into
- It weighs 15,520,000 pounds - more than 3 times that of a Space
Shuttle fully fueled and ready for launch.
- It took 1,700 tons of steel and 26 months to build the sphere.
- The 11,324 "silvered facets" on 954 exterior triangular
panels are made of Alucobond ® material, a composite of ethylene
plastic which has been chemically bonded between two aluminum panels.
The name comes from ALUminum COmposite BOND.
- The hieroglyphics on the walls in the ancient Egyptian scene of
the attraction are authentic recreations of actual graphics. The
words being dictated by the Pharaoh were taken from an actual letter
sent by a pharaoh to one of his agents.
- The actor in the Greek theater scene is delivering lines from
Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In the scene depicting the fall
of Rome, the graffiti reproduces markings from the walls of Pompeii.
- In the Islamic scene, the quadrant - an instrument used in astronomy
and navigation - is a copy of one from the tenth century.
- The page of the Bible that Johann Gutenberg is examining is an
exact replica of a page of the Gutenberg Bible on display in the
Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
- In the Renaissance scene, the book being read is Virgil's Aeneid
and the musical instruments are a lute and a lyra da braccio.
Both of those instruments are replicas of real period pieces.
- If Spaceship Earth were a golf ball, the person playing golf with
it would have to be approximately 1.2 miles tall (to be in the proper
scale). The hole would have to be about 417 feet in diameter. If
the person was playing on the equivalent of a 200 yard hole, it
would have to be nearly 134 miles long - approximately the width
- Because of the attraction's prime location at the front of the
park and its incredible attention to detail, Spaceship Earth is
the most visited attraction at Walt Disney World.
- The prime contractor was Darin & Armstrong.
- Attraction Show Music: by Edo Guidotti
- Global Neighborhood Music: by Russell Brower and Tish Eastman
Consultants & Advisors
||Science Fiction Writer
||Professor, Communications The Annenberg School of Communications,
||Curator, Rare Books Huntington Library, LA
|Howard M. Brown:
||Professor, University of Chicago
||Professor, Art History
||Curator, Warshau Collection of Business Americana The Smithsonian
||Retired Engineer, NBC
||Professor, Ancient & Biblical Languages University of
||Curator, Rare Manuscripts Huntington Library
||Special Assistant, CBS
|Type of Ride System:
||Omnimover with Wedway Traction Drive
|Maximum Number of Vehicles:
|Seats per Vehicle:
|Number of Trains (2 Vehicles/Train):
||1,552 Feet (465.6 m)
|Ride Speed (average):
||1.8 Feet/Second (0.549 m/s)
|Dispatch Interval (per train):
This information courtesy "EPCOT Field
Guide" (© The Walt Disney Company), "Birnbaum's
Walt Disney World 1997" (© 1996 Hearst Business Publishing,
Inc. and The Walt Disney Company), "EPCOT Center: A Profile"
(© 1982 Walt Disney Productions) among other sources.
Spaceship Earth Introduction | Spaceship
Earth Script - Original ('82-86) | SE
Script - Cronkite | "Tomorrow's Child" Lyrics
Spaceship Earth Script - Irons | Global Neighborhood | Spaceship
Earth Fact Sheet
'Spaceship to Tomorrow' Article | SE Concepts and Construction Page
AT&T Press Releases regarding Spaceship Earth:
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