Facts About Epcot Spaceship Earth Ball

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Facts About Epcot Spaceship Earth Ball
Facts About Epcot Spaceship Earth Ball (Image: Michelle Bermas, Joe Shlabotnik/everystockphoto.com)

Step inside that iconic silver golf ball, Spaceship Earth, at Epcot and you'll be transported back in time 40,000 years ago. The Siemens-sponsored ride celebrates the history of communication, beginning with hieroglyphics from ancient Egyptians to present-day video calls made round the world.

Facts

Spaceship Earth is located inside the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Epcot covers 300 acres and is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom.

Visitors at Epcot
Visitors at Epcot

History

Ray Bradbury, the science fiction author, helped design Spaceship Earth and wrote the original story for the attraction in 1982 when it first opened. Narrator Dame Judy Dench informs passengers how each generation helped the next in their quest for better communication. Composer and Emmy award winner Bruce Broughton created the 24 vocal musical score with a 63-piece orchestra.

A computer game at Project Tomorrow
A computer game at Project Tomorrow

Features

Travel the 16-minute ride through time and space and see how humans made significant progress through paper, books, newspaper, radio, telephones and computers. Once the ride is over, visit Project Tomorrow, an interactive playground that encourages you to explore fun games and learn about technology in transportation, medicine and energy management.

A view from the monorail
A view from the monorail

Size

Spaceship earth is a 180-foot-tall geodesic sphere. Four passengers can ride in the time machine: two in front, two in back.

There are 11,324 individual triangles on Spaceship Earth.
There are 11,324 individual triangles on Spaceship Earth.

Fun Fact

Time machine rides have touch-screen computers which allow you to literally see yourself living, working and playing in the future. Make sure to visit Project Tomorrow so you can email yourself a copy of the photo.

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