In Depth: Spaceship Earth
Welcome to the first edition of the newly improved In the Spotlight, called “In Depth”! Today we take a look at the iconic attraction of Epcot, Spaceship Earth. Enjoy the new version of the series, and feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions.
Spaceship Earth is technically known as a geodesic sphere. There are about 11,324 triangles making up the exterior. There is a one inch gap between each triangle for collecting rain water. The water then travels through a gutter system and eventually reaches the World Showcase lagoon. It took about 26 months to construct Spaceship Earth.
When Spaceship Earth first opened, its sponsor was the Bell System. After two years, Bell was broken up into smaller companies. This is when AT&T became its own independent company – they then took over the sponsorship. They sponsored until 2004, when Siemens took over. Siemens is the current sponsor of the attraction.
In 2007, Spaceship Earth got a major renovation – new narrator (Judi Dench), new music (Bruce Broughton), and many new scenes. The time machine vehicle now includes a touch screen, which allows you to “create your future” when descending backwards towards the end of the ride. Other major changes include the removal of the scenes that had people from all over the world talking on the internet using instant video communication. Some new scenes include the computer as it was first created, taking up an entire room, and the invention of a normal sized computer occurring in someone’s garage.
Spaceship Earth opened on October 1, 1982. The ride vehicles are technically named OmniMovers, however they are referred to (in this attraction) as “time machines”. The entire ride lasts 13 minutes and 26 seconds. The height of the structure is 180 feet, while the track only reaches 163 feet. The sphere at its lowest point is 18 feet, supported by four pylons stuck over 120 feet into the ground.
I hope you have enjoyed the first edition of “In Depth” – previously called “In the Spotlight”. Even though this new and improved version of the series isn’t incredibly detailed, hopefully it’ll give you an interesting read – and you might actually learn something! If you have any thoughts on Spaceship Earth, or if you have any feedback for the new series, please comment.