In November 2005, Siemens AG became the sponsor for Spaceship Earth in Epcot‘s Future World as part of a 12-year contract.

The next decade saw some major changes including:

  • a new post show called Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Earth
  • a fourth renovation
  • a fourth edition of the ride in 2007, and
  • a new narration by Dane Judi Dench.

Epcot’s 30th Anniversary came and went in 20012, but Siemens, one of the largest industrial manufacturers in the world, has remained the sponsor. Siemens sponsored Illuminations, and the company has also helped Disney develop several other technologies not only for the parks but also the ABC Studio sign located in Times Square, New York.

Siemens pulls their sponsorship from Spaceship Earth.

Siemens pulls their sponsorship from Spaceship Earth.

Just this week, Siemens and Disney have ended their contract and decided not to renew it.  The reasons are unknown.

This could mean some serious changes to attractions like Spaceship Earth, which ends with a section promoting Siemens products.

On the other hand, Disney is a pretty big player on their own, so they could just as easily remove the Siemens products and signs and or find another sponsor to take their place. After all, Epcot originally had sponsors for most all attractions.

I don’t think Spaceship Earth will close. It’s the park’s iconic attraction welcoming guests through the front gates, and it’s well attended.

However, at this point its fate is unknown.  It could be up for another minor refurbishment, or a major change.

Spaceship Earth:  Would you like a minor refurb, or a major change?

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