by Donald Wood
Last updated: 12:10 AM ET, Sat October 13, 2018
Reports have surfaced that claim Spaceship Earth at Epcot will be closed for over two years as Disney World theme park officials overhaul the attraction.
According to the Walt Disney World News Today blog, the massive overhaul of the famous Epcot sphere will lead to its temporary closure in early 2020, with the attraction expected to reopen during the park's 40th-anniversary celebration in the second half of 2022.
The report claims Spaceship Earth will undergo major changes, including new load and unload areas, as well as a new structure that will replace the building that houses Project Tomorrow. The Orlando park will also receive a new entrance and central area of Future World.
Several scenes that are part of the ride inside Spaceship Earth will reportedly be upgraded using projection mapping technologies, which will also be utilized on the outside of the sphere to create a memorable nighttime display.
When TravelPulse reached out to Disney, they declined to comment on Spaceship Earth closing. Disney instead pointed to the following released information about Epcot's future:
Epcot is undergoing a multi-year transformation, with new experiences that will excite guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park. As part of this exciting evolution, an all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular joins several previously announced experiences coming to Epcot, including the highly anticipated "Guardians of the Galaxy" roller coaster attraction in Future World, a "Ratatouille"-inspired attraction in World Showcase, a new table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE in Future World and much more.
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