Spaceship Earth is the most iconic structure at Walt Disney World's Epcot. Often illuminated to celebrate various occasions, it is also home to one of Disney's most interesting rides, dedicated to the history of human communication. Take a ride back in time in the video below.
Originally designed with the help of science fiction author Ray Bradbury, the term "Spaceship Earth" was originally popularized by the futurist Buckminster Fuller. It opened in 1982. Lasting about 15 minutes, the dark ride within Spaceship Earth takes visitors on a journey from the primitive grunts of prehistoric man, to the inventions of the alphabet, the printing press, and the internet. At the end of the ride, you'll have the opportunity to design your own custom future.
Spaceship Earth is constantly redecorated and re-illuminated to celebrate holidays, changes of season, theatrical releases, and various Disney characters. Check out the video below for the time that Mike Wazowski of "Monsters Inc." and "Monsters University" took over Spaceship Earth!
Spaceship Earth is part of Disney's Epcot theme park, which is open daily from 9 AM to 10 PM. There are many festivals and other activities at Epcot for the whole family to enjoy. Various ticket options are available, with the opportunity to access Disney's other parks as well.
The structure is based on the United States pavilion from Expo 67 in Montreal (now known as Montreal biosphere). The architectural design was first conceived by the Wallace Floyd Design Group and completed by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc of Boston. Each face of this polyhedron is divided into three isosceles triangles to form each point. In theory, there are 11,520 total isosceles triangles forming 3,840 points.
Cover photo "Earth in the blue sky" by St. Chris is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0