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We learned at D23 in August that Spaceship Earth would be closing for an extensive refurbishment in what was slated as early 2020 but has been pushed a bit into the year.
We learned on February 25 that the icon of Epcot will begin undergoing its massive overhaul on May 26.
While the 37 year old icon of Epcot, will remain the focal point of the park, it will undergo a two-year refurbishment that will completely re-imagine the attraction to focus on the power of storytelling.
The storyline for the attraction will shift from a focus on technology to one of stories that unite humanity throughout time. A “story light” will link the attraction to a nearby Dreamer’s Point where guests exit. While some of the originally scenes will remain Bob, Chapek said that the attractions refurbishment and new scenes will focus on the “universal narration of the human experience.”
Disney has been tight lipped regarding the details of the refurbishment but we have learned that the Egypt scene will be “transformed by the power of light.” Additionally, the attraction will get a new narrator in Dame Judi Dench and new and updated narration will be added throughout the entire attraction.
According to Disney Parks Blog, “The next iteration of Spaceship Earth will focus on the story of humanity, following our long journey from prehistoric humans to today brought to life with magic and depth that only Disney can deliver. Many of the moments you know and love will be updated in amazing ways, blended with brand-new scenes to tell a story about our human experience.”
There is no confirmation on how long Spaceship Earth will be undergoing construction, though speculation targets completion by the park’s 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022 or the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.
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(Source: Disney Parks Blog, D23)