Well in that onslaught of expected and unexpected news (Mary Poppins attraction, wut!), three HUGE pieces of Disney news for Walt Disney World went way under the radar.
We’re shining the light on Disney news that you missed during D23!
1) Changes Are Coming to Spaceship Earth!
Epcot’s Park-wide transformation was arguably the biggest, most paradigm-shifting news at D23, and lost in the haze of new neighborhoods and new pavilion, attraction, and dining info, you might’ve missed discussion of Spaceship Earth’s transformation. But we didn’t!
That’s right: Spaceship Earth is going to undergo some large and some perhaps subtle changes. First, let’s just ease everyone’s first concern: the structure of Spaceship Earth — the Park’s iconic geodesic sphere — isn’t going anywhere, and for that we are very thankful. (With so many changes everywhere else, we’re clinging to the familiar here!)
The changes will occur on the Spaceship Earth ride itself. Guests are still expected to travel in ride vehicles on the same journey up into the “ball” and back down again; but instead of the narration focusing on great moments in the human history of communication, new scenes in the ride will focus on storytelling and “reflect human themes.” This lines up with Epcot’s newly-stated vision of “a future we can create together,” according to Imagineer Zack Riddley who spoke at D23.