Description And Comments

This ride spirals through the 18-story interior of Epcot's premier landmark, taking visitors past audioanimatronic scenes depicting mankind's developments in communications, from cave painting to printing to television to space communications and computer networks. The ride shows an amazing use of the geodesic sphere's interior.

Spaceship Earth's scenes are periodically redone to keep things fresh. The most recent include a 1970s-era computer room and a home garage showing what looks suspiciously like the invention of the Apple personal computer (perhaps a homage to Steve Jobs, who before his death was Disney's largest individual shareholder). Interactive video screens on the ride vehicles allow you to customize the ride's ending animated video. A postshow area with games and interactive exhibits rounds out the attraction.

Apart from going deaf, a family of five from Columbus, Ohio, wrote approvingly of Spaceship Earth's makeover:

We loved Spaceship Earth - the kids thought it was hilarious at the end with the new interactive video screen. I did think the volume was too high, however, I felt like the voice was screaming in my ear the whole ride.

Touring Tips

Because it's near Epcot's main entrance, Spaceship Earth is inundated with arriving guests throughout the morning. If you're interested in riding Test Track, try to get a FastPass+ reservation for around 1 p.m. You should be almost done with Future World by then and ready to head to World Showcase. Or, if you plan on spending the afternoon in Future World and don't want to use FastPass+, try Spaceship Earth after 3 p.m.

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Spaceship Earth Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Spaceship Earth when you visit on a day with a given Epcot Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Spaceship Earth Wait Times.

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Special Comments

If lines are long when you arrive, try again after 4 p.m.

Special Needs

Disney Dish with Jim Hill


When Spaceship Earth first opened in 1982, its ride system rarely worked like it was supposed to. Early on, the only way to get some ride vehicles facing the correct direction on the way down from the top was to have a cast member sit near the track and actually push recalcitrant vehicles with his or her arms and legs.

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