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Spaceship Earth

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

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Epcot's signature attraction, Spaceship Earth is a massive "geosphere" that stands above the entrance plaza to the park. Inside is a slow-moving ride depicting the history of communication, from ancient cave paintings to Hewlett and Packard building computers in their San Jose, California-area garage. Crowds pack the ride early in the morning, as it's the obvious first thing to do when you enter the park. Wait until later to ride, though, and you'll walk on with little or no wait.


Put it simply, Walt would of been so proud of this ride. Spaceship Earth is one of the best attractions at Walt Disney World, not just Epcot The story of our changes in how we communicate is a compelling one for sure. This ride is simply a classic. It's housed in the famous geosphere, and the ride has tons of history behind it. I just love all the history you learn on this brilliant journey, and it just feels like one of the last few great pieces of EPCOT center. The scenes and smells are still solid and the message is amazing. The first half of the ride is simply amazing while the other half now just has the cheesy screen-based ending (and lack of show scenes during this descent) which is it's biggest flaw and why it misses a perfect score. However, this is still an absolute must for all visitors. 9/10
Classic ride, that has an amazing front end. The back end is great if you simply ignore the screens and focus on the descent happening around you, like I do. While nothing happens, it's still an amazing view. The AAs are great, although a bit outdated (no cellphones, tablets, or anything past the 1980's)... Still a great ride.
It's a great classic. The only reason it's not a 10/10 is because of the decent scene. It's just black curtains and screens. Boring! 9/10
A classic. The ride is just great for me. I love being in the famous geosphere learning about history. This just feels like one of the last great edutainment rides at Epcot which is a shame. The first half of the ride is just amazing, but the second half with the screens is so irritating that it really subtracts from the experience and especially from rerideability. It is still an amazing ride though and a must do for Epcot visitors. 9/10
It was great! Interesting, and I loved when we were on top of the dome.
I love this ride , takes important times in history and brings them to life, it's well directed and the automatictromics are top notch , great sets, good history lesson, and a hilarious ending video of your future. 8.5/10
Pretty much the one ride everyone that goes to EPCOT needs to ride during their visit. It's a nice sit down affair where you travel through history, learning about communication. It's fairly dark and cool throughout, and has some of those great scents that you just never forget. It's very nostalgic for me, since I'm fairly sure they've always been there.

While it's not the most thrilling or educational ride they've got there, and the end of it just seems like a bit of a cop out as a way of engaging you for the last quarter of the ride, it's still worth a ride.

This is a PeopleMover type ride, and I love it! Athough not thrilling, it is a really neat ride that you can't find anywhere else. I loved learning about the history, and the different scenes were really neat. The line was also really short, which is always nice. It's a pretty long ride, but I think it's great. Definitely a "must-do" ride at Epcot!
Overall - 8/10
I rode this at Epcots opening in 1982. It seems a lot less than it used to be.
I feel it could be more rewarding..
Only wish Walt's dream of EPCOT was enabled throughout the park.
Spaceship Earth is beautiful to look at at night...
just like The Unisphere lite up the night at The 1964/65 NY Worlds Fair. which Epcot was supposed to take off from..
go figure.. the spere, and a passport to world showcase (verbatim)
This is a superb ride of which Walt would be proud. The current narration by Judy Dench gives a more modern feel to the attraction while managing to preserve the spirit and message of the earlier scripts, the first draft of which was written by Ray Bradbury and still shows his influence today. As another rider noted, the animatronics are better than ever and show Disney at the top of their game. The downhill part of this ride, revised many times, has always been a challenge. While the interactive video it makes is fun (and be sure to email it to yourself in the post-show area), its an anticlimactic follow-on to the spectacular scenes you witnessed just moments before. A must-ride.
This is the iconic attraction at EPCOT for a reason. The sheer scope of the the structure, amazingly detailed scenes, and an overall feeling of wonder solidify this ride as one of WDW's best. 10/10
Spaceship Earth is one of the best rides at Epcot. Although the narration isn't that great (I miss you, Jeremy Irons), the scenes are as gorgeous as ever (despite not having the burning Rome smell anymore). The only reason this ride isn't getting a perfect score is because of the narration. It treats the riders like they're stupid. It's extremely condescending and distracts from the timeless scenes that don't treat people like 2 year olds. The video thing at the end is okay, I could honestly go either way on it. After more than 5 rides on it, you know what you'll get and it becomes a lot more stale than it was when it opened in 2007. I feel the same way about the Project Tomorrow post-show. It's still worth riding, but keep a YouTube track of the Jeremy Irons narration on standby. ;)

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