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Spaceship Earth the lost emotion.

Walt Disney World: Why have we lost that special emotional feeling at the top of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT?

From john jarvis
Posted April 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM
My family have visited Walt Disney World 12 times now and we have always loved our time there. However I would just like to express our opinion on the Spaceship Earth ride. We were fortunate to have experienced the ride when Walter Cronkite was the accompanying commentary and found the experience at the top of the ride, seeing the earth from space, with the reference to improving our knowledge for the benefit of the children, very moving. The changes that have been made have lost the emotional feeling that was the high point of the centre piece at the Epcot park. We feel that any future upgrade of this ride should restore the lost emotion.


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 24, 2011 at 3:49 PM
I can see that!

I think the bigger issue was the changing of sponsorships of the attraction over time. Personally, I think the communication angle was much more of an interesting thing. Still, the "future" of the last Spaceship Earth is now Skype and Facetime.

I think, as a positive note, they made the animatronics much better!

From Terri Pierce
Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM
I havent been on the ride since it got refurbed. Went once when it was down and the next time the line was crazy.

What all did they change? I feel like when I was younger, maybe '95 or '96 it had a very different story line then it did when I rode it in 2007ish. It may have been just me, I was only 5 or 6 the first time...

From steve lee
Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM
It seems like it's a combination of a different musical cue with the immediate sound of "your time machine vehicle is about to begin its return trip." The music used to be more majestic at this point, and now it just doesn't seem to pack the resonance it once did in the Cronkite or Irons version.

From john jarvis
Posted April 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM
Re: Steve Lee's response. Yes you are right, the music did also play a large part in the feel good factor of this ride.

From Raul Araoz
Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM
It's a travesty what has been done to Spaceship Earth. While the AAs in the first half of the ride are undoubtedly improved, the ending has been utterly decimated. What was once an amazing descent back with wonderful narration, glorious fiber optics and an emotional score, is now a freaking joke... literally, a joke.

Tell me... which do you prefer? The pathetic Jib-Jab cartoon that exists now or the lovely sounds that used to accompany this former masterpiece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph52pPeLmFQ&feature=related

From Manny Barron
Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM
I agree the last part of the ride is inferior to the previous version. I only got on that ride twice before the refurbishment, but that music definitely made an impression on me. They should strongly consider changing it back to the way it used to be.(at least the ending).

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted April 27, 2011 at 1:07 AM
I totally agree with the lack of emotion - I rode Spaceship Earth 3 weeks ago and I felt something was missing but couldn't put my finger on it...Then I was like - where's the giant moon? However, contrary to popular opinion, I happened to like the little video clip thing, especially being able to email the clip home. It certainly cheered me on my first day back at work!

I think they should definitely restore the old ending and the uplifting music, but offer the video thing in the activities area after the ride. (Actually, now they've installed all the technology into the ride capsules, that seems unlikely.) Isn't there a way to combine the two?

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted April 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM
I completely agree. I can NOT stand the ending now to Spaceship Earth. The fiber optics with the whispers of conversations was just magical. It was, in my opinion, a very peaceful surreal way to end the ride.

I tried to explain to my husband (who never rode the original version) just how it used to be, but mere words can never explain just that feeling of being in complete darkness with the flashes of sound and light. It was just lovely.

Spaceship Earth was always on my list of rides that have to be ridden at least once during the trip. Now, it is just mostly for nostaliga if and when we do ride it.

From Andy Stevens
Posted April 30, 2011 at 6:40 AM
I have to agree. As I've said before, Spaceship Earth needed an upgrade as , to be honest, it was no longer a look at the future. Technology had overtaken the vision of thirty years ago.
I do miss the inspiring music. I actually found it on a classics CD and always think of happy days with the kids when I play it.
All that said. I do feel that a good attempt has been made. With a bit of tweaking and listening to feedback, the ride could be great again.

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