Disney Confirms 'Pause' on Spaceship Earth Rewrite

June 20, 2020, 12:17 PM · The Walt Disney World Resort this morning published lists of which attractions will be open when the resort's theme parks return next month.

Disney also confirmed what we'd reported earlier, that it will "pause" the planned rewrite and refurbishment of Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth attraction. Spaceship Earth, which had been planned to be down this summer and into the immediate future for the project, will return with the park on July 15 and remain in its "old" form indefinitely.

You can find the complete lists of soon-to-be-open attractions on Disney's website. But I thought it might be easier to list the attractions that won't be open when Disney returns. Based on my quick look through the lists, here are the rides, shows, and experiences that will not be available.

Magic Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Note that all character meet and greets also will be closed, though Disney will be providing new character cavalcades and appearances in the parks to make up for the closing of the meet and greets.

The Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom reopen on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15. You must have advanced reservations to enter a park, even if you have an annual pass, and there will be no Park Hopping, until further notice. Check out our post from yesterday for those details.

Replies (7)

June 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

I understand the rationale of closing the live shows, it involves actors, and close proximity.

But with all the heavy people eaters gone, will all the people just congregate outside?

Also, it's curious how Festival of the Lion King made the cut, but Finding Nemo didn't.

Is there a way I can pause my AP?

June 20, 2020 at 1:40 PM

If MK ever wanted to launch booze carts in the park, now would be the time to light that fuse.

June 20, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Thank you for compiling this list! There were a few I hadn't noticed when looking over things initially.

June 20, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Thanks for the list. The park that jumps up to me is Disney Hollywood Studios. Quite a few big people eaters are out of commission. Makes me wonder if this parks' capacity will be the lowest of all fours.

June 20, 2020 at 5:18 PM

I agree with TH, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Disney rethink the FP system as well and lean more toward a paid program like MaxPass. I'm sure Disney always wanted to have that extra income like Universal has with it's Express pass program.

June 20, 2020 at 8:42 PM

This is bad news. Doesn't Spaceship Earth actually need a refurbishment for maintenance-related purposes? Last thing we need is for it to fall apart like that scene in Escape from Tomorrow.

June 21, 2020 at 1:54 PM

James Trexen - I think you are right. Last time I rode Spaceship Earth, the omni-mover system was quite squeaky, and sounded like it was straining for most of the ride. Hopefully, during the CoViD-19 shutdown they at least took the time to hit the wheels with some WD-40.

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