Spaceship Earth

World Celebration, Epcot

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Spaceship Earth closed for refurbishment Jul 19, 2023 to Jul 19, 2023

Spaceship Earth closed for refurbishment Aug 22, 2013 to Aug 27, 2013


Spaceship Earth is a slow moving, Audio-Animatronic based ride, located in Future World at Epcot. Narrated by Oscar winner Judi Dench, it tells the story of how innovations from one generation inspire the next, and how technology has evolved throughout time.


Height/Age Requirement: No

Capacity: 2,400 per hour
Show Time: 13:26 minutes
Speed: 1.5 fps
Ride System: Omnimover
Dimensions: 180 feet high 165 feet in diameter
Participant: Seimens (previously AT&T) 

Until the 2008 refurbishment, Spaceship Earth told the dramatic history of human communications - from the earliest cave drawings to the satellite technology of today and beyond. Then ride through one of the world's largest "star fields" for a fascinating new perspective on the planet we all call "home."

Facts and Figures

The attraction was the result of work from Disney, Ray Bradbury, Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles area's Huntington Library and the University of Chicago.

Construction time: 2 years, 2 months - 40,800 labor hours
Weight: 16 million pounds
Height: 180 feet (54.864 meters) above ground level
Diamter: 165 feet
Circumference: 518.1 feet
Construciton material: Alucobond, a thermal polyethylene core bonded to aluminum
Support structure: 3 pairs of steel legs 15 feet off ground, each sunk 100 feet into the ground
Total pavilion area: 109,375 Sq. Ft.
Volume: 2,200,000 cubic feet
Exterior surface area: 150,000 square feet
5-Point star configurations: 12
Individual triangles: 11,324
Inner sphere: 1450 steel triangular panels
Planetarium: 150 feet in diameter
Highest point of ride: 163 feet above ground level
Angle of descent: 20-39 degrees