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Rumor: Spaceship Earth Closing For Major Refurbishment in 2020

Rumors have swirled for years about an upgrade to Spaceship Earth.  The last major update was back in 2007, and many fans love the iconic attraction but still think it’s time for an update.

The latest rumors suggest the attraction will close in 2020 and it will be unavailable for an extended refurbishment that will last two years.

Disney Imagineers are calling the overhaul “Project Gamma.”  It will start in 2020 with a reopen date slated for Epcot‘s 40th anniversary in 2022.

Project Gamma will mean a face lift for Spaceship Earth. When the ride reopens, it will still celebrate the history of communication from the prehistoric caveman to modern technology, but it match the new goals for Epcot: “more timeless, more relevant, more family friendly, and more Disney.”

Specifically, Spaceship Earth will get a makeover including refreshed scenes and a new final scene utilizing projection mapping to show riders Earth from space.

Spaceship Earth will close for two years to a complete makeover!
Spaceship Earth will close for two years to a complete makeover!

Outside, Spaceship Earth is rumored to get new structures including a new post-show building, and new loading and unloading areas. The famous geodesic sphere will also get a new, colorful nighttime display using projection mapping. Rumor has it that it could be space-themed like the ride finale.

This news comes after rumors that Epcot will remove the Leave a Legacy plaques and straighten the path into the park. Perhaps this newly cleared space will make room for these exciting new structures!

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