Major Projects Postponed as Part of Epcot Overhaul Due to Financial Constraints
=With the reopening of Epcot on July 15, several visitors noticed some changes to Epcot Experience. Spaceship Earth and Mary Poppins attractions were now missing from the exhibit.
Disney has confirmed that both projects have been postponed with this statement,
“As with most businesses during this period, we are further evaluating long-term project plans. The decision was made to postpone development of the “Mary Poppins”-inspired attraction and Spaceship Earth at this time.”Disney
We are saddened to hear that Spaceship Earth has been put on hold. The project was scheduled to be a major two-year overhaul. Several months back, Disney Parks Blog released information regarding the overhaul, “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.”
We learned at D23 in August 2019 that Spaceship Earth would be closing for an extensive refurbishment in what was slated as early 2020. The project was then pushed back to May 26. Due to coronavirus, the parks were obviously closed on May 26. We now know the project has been postponed. Additionally, the Mary Poppins attraction announced for the United Kingdom pavilion has also been postponed.
The outside of the 37 year old icon of Epcot would remain the focal point of Epcot. Internally it would under a two-year refurbisment. The plan was to completely re-imagine the attraction to focus on the power of storytelling.
The closure could never come at a “good” time but with a multi-billion dollar facelift scheduled to take place throughout almost entire Epcot park , it was almost certain that several items would have to be postponed as Disney works to recoup some of the income lost from their theme parks.
This was one of the projects we were most excited about. We knew that projects would be canceled. Disney closed for over 100 days, the company reportedly lost an estimated $38 million a day.\
We hope that the projects are eventually returned to the timeline for the park but are excited for the other changes coming to Epcot in the next couple of years.