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EPCOT - Spaceship Earth

The icon of EPCOT is Spaceship Earth. Inside this geosphere you sprial through time to see how human communication has evolved from cave paintings to modern satellites. Your ride vehicles move at a constant pace (except when they stop for handicap load/unload or other reasons) and you watch the many audioanimatronic scenes go by. Upon reaching the top of the ride path your vechicle rotates to allow an unobstructed view of the crown as you start your descent.

Geek's Thoughts & Suggestions

Don't get sucked into this ride right away. In the morning traffic builds up because the first thing you see upon entry into the park is Spaceship Earth and it draws you. But if you see a line outside don't bother going on it later in the day you can come back and just walk right on usually. I think the longest I have ever waited has been around 5 minutes.

Also note that once on, you cannot get off, so make sure to make your bathroom stops before entering, or else it can be a substantial time until your able to go again...

Attractions & Entertainment (Parades, Shows & Fireworks)
Current Attractions:
  • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future (Opened: Jul 05, 2007)
  • Spaceship Earth (Opened: Oct 01, 1982)
  • None

Quick Facts
  • Diameter 165 feet
  • 15 feet off the ground
  • Total height of 180 feet
  • Weighs 16 million lbs. which is more than 3 times heavier than the space shuttle fully ready for launch
  • There are twelve hubs, the basic shape is an icosohedron (20-sided polygon). Each of the twelve hubs has 5 intersections, but all the rest have six. There are a total of 954 panels, each panel having 12 facets which are triangular in shape and the center 4 facets are raised up so as to create the spherical shape when put together. The official Disney count has it at over 11,000 facets visible on the sphere's surface.
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