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Rumor Spaceship Earth Refurb - 2 Year Closure

GlacierGlacier

Well-Known Member
Well no, they’re closing the fountain, innoventions, Illuminations and Spaceship Earth at the same time. That’s quite a lot of significant things to be closed at one time.

If this has been planned for a while it would have made more sense to have done it in stages. Spaceship Earth could have been refurbished and reopened already if they must do it and the Illuminations could have carried on for a few more years.

Not really sure what direction they’re trying to head in anyway tbh, it’s like they know the reaction to the overhaul is going to be so bad they are just letting the backlash come all at once and when it’s over they’ll just be left with the people who never really liked Epcot originally.
Illuminations's removal is softened by the temp show, the fountain (contrary to what this forum seems to think) isn't a big enough attraction for guests to truly be upset that it's down alongside other things, and Spaceship Earth needs work asap.

It's a band-aid scenario - rip it off instead of gently peeling. Begin the heavy work at once, DHS style, so when you're getting close to completion you can release them to the public over several months to years.
 

DangerMouse

Active Member
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Slightly off topic, I remember a CM telling us (around 2001) that Spaceship Earth was going to be turned into a dark roller-coaster and to my shame I believed it for a long time.

Anyway back on topic. It's easy for me to sit here and say close it all and upgrade it at one time but if I were there during construction I'd be well annoyed. They will always upset someone somewhere with their refurbishments.
 

trainplane3

Well-Known Member
Slightly off topic, I remember a CM telling us (around 2001) that Spaceship Earth was going to be turned into a dark roller-coaster and to my shame I believed it for a long time.

Anyway back on topic. It's easy for me to sit here and say close it all and upgrade it at one time but if I were there during construction I'd be well annoyed. They will always upset someone somewhere with their refurbishments.
That was a proposal at one point. Search "Time Racers".
 

jrogue

Well-Known Member
but so far there's no confirmed closing of Spaceship Earth before the end of this year ... right? So a chance I can still see it in October?

(sorry, tried to follow along this whole thing, but the latest comments have me confused!)
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
but so far there's no confirmed closing of Spaceship Earth before the end of this year ... right? So a chance I can still see it in October?

(sorry, tried to follow along this whole thing, but the latest comments have me confused!)
I’d be very surprised if you didn’t.

The actual closure is still fluid but should be way past October.
 

BEARSHOUSE4

Well-Known Member
I’d be very surprised if you didn’t.

The actual closure is still fluid but should be way past October.
I’m concerned about this as well. I’m taking my brother and his wife and kids who’ve never been to WDW. We are going end of January 2020. Kids are in their late teens. I’m HOPING that they won’t miss this Disney World Icon. @marni1971 has offered encouraging words recently. Fingers crossed!!!
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
I’m concerned about this as well. I’m taking my brother and his wife and kids who’ve never been to WDW. We are going end of January 2020. Kids are in their late teens. I’m HOPING that they won’t miss this Disney World Icon. @marni1971 has offered encouraging words recently. Fingers crossed!!!
I can’t promise anything. Original proposal was end of this year / very start of next.
 
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