Spaceship Earth Preview 12/08/07
At approximately 11:30am on the morning of 12/08/07 the wife and I were entering Epcot after we had park hopped from Animal Kingdom.
We were hanging our heads low because it had been a long week and we knew Spaceship Earth was closed, which is possibly my favorite ride in Epcot.
When what to our wandering eyes should appear, but Epcot had opened the gates to Spaceship Earth and were letting people get in line for it! We were heading for lunch reservations at Garden Grill, but we couldn't pass up an opportunity like that! We hopped in line, excited as a couple rats in a cheese factory!
They let in what I guessed to be about 50 people and then shut the gates behind us. We were going to get a preview of Spaceship Earth!!!
When we got on the ride, the first thing we noticed was that the ride vehicles were the same.... except they had a small screen in front of you, in the middle.
The next thing that was immediately different was that the narrator was a woman. I recognized her voice, but couldn't think of her name (any help in that department is appreciated).
Next, they asked us to pose for a picture and they took a picture just before we started the initial ascent. We were never told why the picture was taken, or offered a copy of it for free or otherwise, so we thought this part was kinda odd. Maybe when it reopens you'll be able to purchase a picture of yourself on the ride.
The next thing we noticed that was different was that the animatronics moved a lot more, and a lot more fluidly. You'll see what I mean.
The next big thing was when the screen flickered on. We were told that Epcot was going to "build a future tailored specifically to us" or something like that. They asked us a bunch of questions like, "In the future, do you want to travel to outer space or under sea?" (very reminiscent of Horizons, eh?) The wife and I took turns answering the questions.
After you answer the questions a cartoon came up with animation kinda similar to the style used in Kim Possible or some ads for one of those travel websites. I honestly didn't like that part, because I don't like that style of animation.
Anyway, the cartoon shows an animated person (presumably you) doing all the things you just answered questions about. This is going on while you do the "backwards descent" right at the end of the ride.
That stuff was ok, and I like the nod to Horizons, but I really liked all the scenes of people communicating with each other as you went backwards down the hill to the unloading area.
Overall, imo the "improvements" (so far!) are ok. I like that the animatronics look better, but I miss the old narrator and storyline. I like the idea of an interactive ride like Horizons, but I think it could have easily been executed better.
After we got off a ride, we were both expecting some kind of survey or something, but no. Instead, they just showed us the way out. What's the point of previewing something if you don't care about the opinion of the people you are previewing it to? I want my opinion heard!!!! ahem.
so that was it. any questions?