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Spaceship Earth

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

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Published: February 15, 2014

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.

David Bethune
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.
Jonathan Katz
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
Joshua Goodstein
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. ;)
Ryan Chard
Classic ride. Wish Disney put out more original rides like this.
Aaron McMahon
An inspiring attracting with great animatronics. It's pretty breathtaking when you realize that you are at the top of the dome.
Jeff Krinock
I really enjoyed learning about the history of communication. A great Mission to Inner Space type ride.


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