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Spaceship in Spaceship Earth

I think that's the window there. In that photo we're still approaching the AA from the left, so the window isn't centered like it is in the video. I'm guessing it was a translucent material with a bright light behind it. Someone certainly put a lot of thought into this scene. I'm guessing there's a spotlight in the side panel to her right as well since it looks like she's getting hit with a much warmer light from there.
Yea, you can see the outline better with contrast and brightness adjusted.
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Dragonman

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Even if the space scene wasn’t fully realized it still had a good number of effects. 1 AA, 2 static figures, earth projection, space station with multiple lighting effects, 2 satellites (smaller one moved a bit I believe).

Also nowadays the abandoned station/window girl gives off an Alien vibe.
 
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HMFan999

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Even if the space scene wasn’t fully realized it still had a good number of effects. 1 AA, 2 static figures, earth projection, space station with multiple lighting effects, 2 satellites (smaller one moved a bit I believe).

Also nowadays the abandoned station/window girl gives off an Alien vibe.
Agreed, I'd love to see the top returned to its former glory. Imagine what they could do with today's technology... you know, other than sticking a screen in front of us...
 

Disnerd2003

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Why was that lighted window put there? I remember when it wasnt illuminated and then when it was. It made her look like a black shadow as you couldnt see her face that well.
 

Dragonman

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Why was that lighted window put there? I remember when it wasnt illuminated and then when it was. It made her look like a black shadow as you couldnt see her face that well.
Probably to make her more visible although from videos you can’t really tell how effective it was. I’m assuming she originally only had the smaller orange light on her right that was pointed out earlier.

That also begs an important question: do any blueprints/schematics/BTS photos exist of her setup or even the space station/astronauts? I know about the preproduction art.
 

Disnerd2003

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I remember both versions. When the small orange light was there you saw her face really well. When they added the giant light behind she looked like a black silhouette. Not sure why. Would also like to see a nice refurb. #Bringbackthechariotprojection. Also, I know it was talked about before but I dont wanna go 84 pages back, what of the Tomorrow's child effects and sets are left behind the black curtains and above you during the "Your future today" thing? Are there any other abandoned animatronics or sets in the ride? I'd imagine they'd be really dusty like the rest of SSE (it's like theres not even a cleaning crew for this ride). Something @marni1971 can probably answer. Also I'd love a pic of our beloved window girl today, it's be cool seen as they took her skin off. I know it'd be hard to get up there but anything is possible.
 
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larryz

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Hey, SSE would be a great place to showcase technological advancements... in Wakanda!
 

Dragonman

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Thanks for confirming my theory about the two lights shining on window girl.


I’ve always wondered what happened to the scaffolding Egyptian. It really made no sense to remove him since they never reused him like they did with the Gutenberg press boy and the network ops lady. It would be nice to see him added back.
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Disnerd2003

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Left from 82 and 86? Only the space station ceiling structure. And that’s had bits removed.

A lot of the 94 diorama scenes and mannequins are still in place though.
As for the 94 effects are there pictures? They're just gathering dust in the dark? I know somebody said the city was already moved but I wonder how many mannequins for the peppers ghost are still above you and how many physical set and Limited Motion AA's are left behind the curtains. Maybe they could just restore these things, repaint the spacestation and reskin the girl, add new spacemen, and other new effects.
 

marni1971

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As for the 94 effects are there pictures? They're just gathering dust in the dark? I know somebody said the city was already moved but I wonder how many mannequins for the peppers ghost are still above you and how many physical set and Limited Motion AA's are left behind the curtains. Maybe they could just restore these things, repaint the spacestation and reskin the girl, add new spacemen, and other new effects.
Most if not all mannequins, props and peppers effects are still in place. Or they were last year. The city diorama went in 2007. If there’s publicly posted photos I don’t know.
 

Disnerd2003

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Most if not all mannequins, props and peppers effects are still in place. Or they were last year. The city diorama went in 2007. If there’s publicly posted photos I don’t know.
We need like a Janitor to sneak around for us!That's so creepy. Do we know if Window Girl's face mold was used somewhere else? I wanna see what she looked like up close again. It's been a long time haha.
 

Dragonman

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We need like a Janitor to sneak around for us!That's so creepy. Do we know if Window Girl's face mold was used somewhere else? I wanna see what she looked like up close again. It's been a long time haha.
There were theories that she shares the same face as Keiko the ‘94 video chat girl but we’re not entirely sure as we don’t have any hi-res photos of window girl yet. These are the only good pictures we have of her so far:
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I don’t blame you for being interested in her (I’ve been kinda obsessed ever since I discovered she was up there). As for getting pics of her nowadays I’d love to see her but at the same time she isn’t easily accessible at all (probably involves a high ladder and a hatch or something like that), so I don’t know if it’ll ever happen unfortunately unless they realize she’s up there and reuse her somehow. @marni1971 can tell you more about her and the dates of the photos if you’re curious.
 
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Disnerd2003

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On its most basic level, the entire 180top is, and always has been, a screen...The space station was, for lack of a better term, remnants of a failed effect.
I wouldn't say "failed" as it was simply breathtaking in person. Still tell my kids about it and tell them to turn around to see it today and stuff. I'm pretty sure in '94 when the Irons refurb came in it was too costly to redo. The humidity and conditions are definately different in 180 top (it leaks on riders when it rains, as of yesterday). The figures were most likely damaged to some degree and Disney was worried about putting money into the Dioramma pieces during the descent. The moon pieces would've been the closest to "failed", but instead it was simply scrapped.
 

Bender123

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I wouldn't say "failed" as it was simply breathtaking in person. Still tell my kids about it and tell them to turn around to see it today and stuff. I'm pretty sure in '94 when the Irons refurb came in it was too costly to redo. The humidity and conditions are definately different in 180 top (it leaks on riders when it rains, as of yesterday). The figures were most likely damaged to some degree and Disney was worried about putting money into the Dioramma pieces during the descent. The moon pieces would've been the closest to "failed", but instead it was simply scrapped.
Breathtaking, yes, but also very scaled back from its original plan, due to being a failed effect. It was meant to be a much larger station and the effect was supposed to be the riders on the moon looking at the Earth. TBH, I always found the station and AAs to be cool, but really corny. Personal opinion is the view of Earth was epic enough without the distraction...I get why people liked having them, though.
 

Dragonman

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Window Girl was the only AA in the scene though. The astronauts were static figures but the smaller satellite moved a bit to simulate floating.

Btw anyone think it might be possible that her skin and clothes are lying around backstage in storage somewhere ?.
 
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Disnerd2003

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Breathtaking, yes, but also very scaled back from its original plan, due to being a failed effect. It was meant to be a much larger station and the effect was supposed to be the riders on the moon looking at the Earth. TBH, I always found the station and AAs to be cool, but really corny. Personal opinion is the view of Earth was epic enough without the distraction...I get why people liked having them, though.
But I'll say it again I don't think it was "failed" it was just never seen through. One of the Imagineers who was borrowed from Horizons was brought in to oversee the completion of the moon part and he called it off at the last minute (hence the awkward moon cut outs). The spacestation effect wasn't failed and was very well recieved. It was scaled back after it was called off, as there were more props to add. So not "failed", but more like "cancelled". The Blue Lights are more of a distraction nowadays than the astronauts were.
 
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