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Spaceship Earth closing for renovation at EPCOT

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Disney has announced that EPCOT‘s Spaceship Earth will be closing for an extended refurbishment and renovation in May 2020. This will be Spaceship Earth’s most ambitious update since it opened at Walt Disney World Resort

The reimagining of the iconic attraction starts on May 26. It is part of the historic transformation currently underway at EPCOT.

According to Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney Imagineering will start creating the new vision for Spaceship Earth when it closes in May.

Disney first revealed plans for the revamp at the D23 Expo in 2019. The company has not confirmed when Spaceship Earth will reopen.

Egypt and light to feature at EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth

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The next iteration of Spaceship Earth will focus on the story of humanity, bringing to life the journey from prehistoric humans to today. It will be updated and feature new scenes to tell the story of our human experience.

Guests will see Egypt like never before, transformed through the power of light. Spaceship Earth will also get new narration, and guests will see how light plays a role in our human journey.

This will be Spaceship Earth’s fourth and most ambitious update since EPCOT opened at Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1982.

EPCOT is undergoing the biggest transformation of any theme park in Disney’s history. It will boast new rides and experiences, including the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins, Moana and GOTG attractions at EPCOT

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In addition, there will be a new ride called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and the Moana-themed Journey of Water.

EPCOT’s entrance plaza will also be transformed, with a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and green spaces.

As for EPCOT’s upcoming restaurants, Disney previously unveiled concept images of Space 220 and recently opened Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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