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Spaceship Earth

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At A Glance The landmark emblam of EPCOT houses a slow but good educational ride attraction, that looks at how communication has changed through time.

Spaceship Earth

The Geosphere that is the focal point, and symbol, of the Epcot park is known as Spaceship Earth, and has been in place since the park opened on October 1st 1982.

It is 165 feet in diameter, and weighs approximately 16 million pounds, or 7.28 million kilos, and is supported 18 feet above ground by six legs each of which is sunk 100 feet into the ground.

Note that it's a Geosphere and not a Geodesic Dome as many people confuse it with. It's outer skin is made up from 954 triangular aluminium tiles with a sandwiched polythene core, and it's one of the few man-made items in Florida that is visible from a plane flying down either the east or west floridian coast.

Located within the dome itself is the SpaceShip Earth Ride. Sponsored by AT&T, and built with the collaboration of the SciFi author Ray Bradbury, it is a 14-minute seated (and sedate) ride that traces the history and development of communications on Earth, from the days of Cro-Magnon man (30-40,000 years ago) up to date through the use of plenty of Audio Animatronics.

On 29th May 1986 a new narration by Walter Cronkite was added to the ride, and this was replaced during renovations in 1994 with a naration by Jeremy Irons, with the ride reopening on 23rd November 1994. At around the same time the scenery was much improved, but the music took a turn for the worse and is now relatively dreary.

Included in the scenery and narration are cave paintings, the development of written language, the Phoenician merchants, the Roman highway system, the great libraries in the Muslim lands that maintained so much knowledge during Europe's dark ages, Guttenburg's printing press... and on and on to today's digital communications networks spanning the globe.

Overall it's an attraction that's well worth visiting, and not only that but it's educational at the same time.

The best times to visit are probably first thing in the morning, when the crowds are all heading for the likes of the Test Track, or in the early evening as the park's visitors are starting to dwindle.



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