Ever since last summer's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney fans have been asking when the company would announce something about that big Spaceship Earth refurb it promised.
Then-Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek (now Disney CEO) promised a new narration, host and scenes for Epcot's centerpiece, but the weeks following the event brought no news about a starting date for the transformation.
Until now. Today, Walt Disney World announced that Spaceship Earth will close on May 26 to begin its transformation. Disney also dropped its first concept art for the new show, depicting "an Egypt like you’ve never seen before, transformed through the power of light."
There's still no word on how long Spaceship Earth will be down for this renovation project, though a couple of obvious target dates for completion would be the park's 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022 or the Walt Disney World Resort's 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021. But is this a 16-month or 28-month project?
However long it takes, Disney is promising a substantial change to the attraction. "Many of the moments you know and love will be updated in amazing ways, blended with brand-new scenes to tell a story about our human experience," it said in a press release.
This will be the fourth version of Spaceship Earth when it opens. (And each one has gotten worse, so here's hoping that Disney finds its way to reverse that trend.)Tweet
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