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Rumor Spaceship Earth Refurb - 2 Year Closure

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
The structure could handle Rocket Rods fine. They're not going to build something unsafe. The RR issue came from the fact that a budget cut forced them to use the existing unbanked track, which necessitated a lot of speeding up then very aggressive breaking. This was tough on the ride system which caused a LOT of downtime.
It also cracked the structure in several places and made the ride vehicles literally rip themselves apart.
 

MatheusPG

Active Member
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Hey everyone... Any news on this?

It would be crazy not having SSE for the 50th...
 

MatheusPG

Active Member
Understood. GotG and Ratatouille and new fireworks are Epcot's contribution. So far.

If SSE was offline getting ready for the 40th Anniversary of its park it would make sense. IMO.

And give people incentive to return in 2022.
But it is a classic attraction that to this day has a major role in wdw´s history and since it's wdw´s 50th...
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
SSE is the park icon for EPCOT. If it were down for WDW's 50th anniversary that would be just plain dumb IMO. I believe that every single attraction resort-wide should be open for the entire celebration, except for attractions that require annual maintenance such as Splash. If they want to overhaul SSE they either need to start very soon or put it off until 2023, which is most likely when the 50th will be completely done.
SSE was closed for Epcot’s 25th remember.
I believe @marni1971 stated last he heard this was 2 years out?
At the earliest. But that’s just what I heard. It could be bumped of course.
 

iowamomof4

Well-Known Member
When I was talking to the staff at “World dreams tour” and was asking about a back stage tour of SSE , they are operating under the assumption that it is closing soon. For whatever that is worth. Just another piece of info.
Soon? Can you be more specific? Approximately when was your tour supposed to be taking place?
 

jt04

Well-Known Member
Sometimes attractions close because it is necessary. Not sure about this case. I am sure I would rather they take the time to get it right this time around with whatever changes are planned. Even if that means it is closed for the 50th with an unveiling on the 40th.

IMO.
 

iowamomof4

Well-Known Member
They wouldn't or couldn't be more specific. They denied access to SSE until further notice. I haven't booked the tour yet. Trying to come up with a list of 5-6 things I think I want to do. SSE was on the top of the list. Kind of took the wind out of my sails.
That would be a gut-punch for us for sure. We're traveling in May and this is my dd10's favorite ride in all of WDW. She's been so excited to ride it and I knew this refurb was upcoming but I really hoped we were going to get there before it started. :(
 

AJDMB05

Well-Known Member
That would be a gut-punch for us for sure. We're traveling in May and this is my dd10's favorite ride in all of WDW. She's been so excited to ride it and I knew this refurb was upcoming but I really hoped we were going to get there before it started. :(
I wouldn't take this as gospel, no offense to OP. Soon could mean literally anytime in the next year as far as I'm concerned. Personally I'd be very surprised if this started in the next 3 months. It's going to be bad when we're down to 5 functioning pavilions in Future World and honestly only 2 of them are worth visiting anymore. I think if you make it to April without a blog from Disney Parks, your trip in May is safe. They gave us a month notice on Energy and GMR before killing them forever.
 

jt04

Well-Known Member
I wouldn't take this as gospel, no offense to OP. Soon could mean literally anytime in the next year as far as I'm concerned. Personally I'd be very surprised if this started in the next 3 months. It's going to be bad when we're down to 5 functioning pavilions in Future World and honestly only 2 of them are worth visiting anymore. I think if you make it to April without a blog from Disney Parks, your trip in May is safe. They gave us a month notice on Energy and GMR before killing them forever.
I would guess around the time Rat 🐀 opens if possible. Maybe sooner if necessary. Assuming something is planned.
 

WDW862

Well-Known Member
When I was talking to the staff at “World dreams tour” and was asking about a back stage tour of SSE , they are operating under the assumption that it is closing soon. For whatever that is worth. Just another piece of info.
I would love a standalone SSE tour. I'd pay a lot of for it. We (cast members) can enter a raffle for a tour, but a very limited amount of people are selected.
 
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