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Walt Disney World (WDW) News Discuss Spaceship Earth Rehab in the News & Rumors forums; In case anyone out there is interested: At Epcot, a re-imagined Spaceship Earth will combine the magic of the iconic attraction's time-travel adventure into the past with a new finale, ...
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    Spaceship Earth Rehab

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    At Epcot, a re-imagined Spaceship Earth will combine the magic of the iconic attraction's time-travel adventure into the past with a new finale, presented by Siemens, which lets Guests imagine their futures.
    Enhancements to the time-travel attraction will encompass changes to each of the ride scenes. New show scenes will be added to the attraction's story along with new lighting effects, costumes, set decoration, narration and musical score. The time travel adventure will be enhanced through new, interactive touch screens installed aboard each "time machine" that will enable guests to create their own visions of the future and see themselves in that future.
    As Guests disembark the time travel experience, they are invited to visit Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow presented by Siemens, where interactive exhibits bring to life the ideas and technologies Siemens is developing to help make the world a better place for the future.
    The space is filled with fun, interactive games and displays that showcase innovative technologies. Here guests step into the world of tomorrow and glimpse the future of medicine, transportation and responsible energy management across the globe.
    Opening to Epcot guests later this month, the first completed phases of Project Tomorrow will include an illuminated globe — measuring 20 feet in diameter — that will offer an ever-changing collage of inspirational images that invite guests to imagine the wonders of tomorrow; Body Builder, a 3-D game that enables users to assemble a digital human body; and, Super Driver, a driving simulation video game that showcases motor vehicle accident and avoidance systems developed by Siemens.
    With phased renovations occurring through the year, Spaceship Earth's makeover is scheduled to be fully completed in early 2008.

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    That sounds fantastic. Seriously. I know that SSE is a precious commodity to many Epcot fans, and it sounds like they really are going to recapture the imagination and purpose of the attraction. I'm happy they aren't doing anything crazy with a cheap thrill ride and that they are going to partner this with an interactive Siemens area. This is what almost all of Future World used to look like. Let's hope it is as good as it sounds!!
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    Is this area going to be near the exit of the ride?
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    Thank goodness its not going to become some lousy, cheap thrill ride. Are they changing the speed of the ride?

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    I doubt they'll change the speed at all, since that would require a massive overhaul of the motors; and if they sped it up it would reduce the time spent in each show scene. Plus, do you really want the turntable moving any faster? Or slower, for that matter? hehe...

    And nicks10: The entire attraction is going under rehab, but Project Tomorrow is replacing Global Neighborhood, and will be located at the ride's exit.

    I know I'm excited to see all the changes!

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    That sound really great!! It will have a kind of Horizons feel to it by choosing the ending. Very nice!



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    Here's another tidbit about it, again from the cast member corporate site:

    Through a partnership with Siemens we are building upon Spaceship Earth’s existing attraction and taking it to the next level of innovation. This summer, Spaceship Earth will close for renovations to combine the classic attraction time-travel adventure into the past with a new interactive conclusion. Transformations will encompass dramatic lighting effects, vibrant new costumes, detailed set decoration, enhanced staging, new narration and a new musical score. Three new show scenes that focus on the evolution of computers also will be added to the attraction which is expected to reopen in late November.

    In late April, guests will begin to see the first phase of transformation of the Global Neighborhood into “Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow.” “Project Tomorrow” showcases the ideas and technologies Siemens is working on to help make the world a better place for the future. The space will be filled with fun, interactive games and displays that showcase those innovative technologies. Three of five post show elements will open in April showcasing “Project Tomorrow” at Spaceship Earth in an effort to continually enhance the overall guest experience. The last phase of improvements to the Spaceship Earth area will be complete by early spring 2008.

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    Consistent with the last post, and contradicting the article on the News page of DisneyWorldTrivia.com, I found this story on a local Orlando TV station's web site indicating that SSE will in fact close in early summer and reopen in November. Given the scope of changes that are described, I was surprised to read that the attraction would be open during the refurb. This makes more sense to me, but it also makes two signature attractions within WDW that will be closed during the busy summer season.

    Link to the article follows. There's a link to a video on this page, but I haven't watched it yet. I assume it's the broadcast version of the story.

    http://www.local6.com/entertainment/...03/detail.html


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    Just FYI for anyone interested (and I know Roo posted over there too)... we've been talking about the new post show in this thread:
    http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/for...t=11621&page=3

    Now... here's my question on all this... Roo, since this was on the CM Corporate Site, was it ready for public release (i.e. you aren't going to be in trouble for sharing are you)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tizzo View Post
    but it also makes two signature attractions within WDW that will be closed during the busy summer season.
    That's true... but I think they were really wanting to have it re-open for the anniversary and this is as close as they could get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJenn View Post
    That's true... but I think they were really wanting to have it re-open for the anniversary and this is as close as they could get.
    Maybe. But I think it would almost have been better to miss the anniversary by a mile than to have it reopen right after, as it sounds like they're doing. In fact, it might have been cool if they'd waited til after the anniversary to close it. They could have made a big deal of riding the "old" SSE for the last time before it gets updated.

    Of course, since they're not celebrating the anniversary at all, I guess it's all moot. I'm just glad that they are doing something.

    Now, if you're into wishful thinking, maybe it's a big gimmick. Maybe they're "officially" scheduling to reopen in November, but as it gets closer they will suddenly discover that they're ahead of schedule and have some kind of grand reopening starting during the weekend before the anniversary. That would be a nice bone to throw to the locals, and to those who are sufficiently fanatical to plan a last minute trip to WDW, with all the extra costs and hassle that entails, just to be able to attend such an event.

    Maybe...
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    It all sounds very interesting - and can't wait to see the final result!
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    BamaJenn, they generally don't post anything on there for us to read unless its ready to be un-officially leaked to guests. In fact, we often find out after our guests already know of something in many cases. So, I doubt I'm going to get into trouble. Plus, the local television stations have already gotten wind of it.

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    I just hope its done by February of '08 as its my favorite attraction.
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    Post Disney plans Spaceship Earth upgrades

    From FloridaToday.com:
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    Disney plans Spaceship Earth upgrades

    WKMG LOCAL 6 NEWS


    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major changes are coming to Epcot's signature attraction, according to FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News.

    Local 6 News has obtained an internal Disney World memorandum that reveals a plan to update all existing scenes of Spaceship Earth, the time-traveling ride located inside Epcot's landmark geosphere.
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    Full story here: http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc.../70412028/1086

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