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There’s loads about Walt Disney World that’s up within the air proper now. Whereas Disney Springs has begun to reopen, and can see extra shops welcoming visitors this week, the lodges and parks don’t have any set date for reopening, and that implies that not solely the current, however the way forward for the parks go away a lot to be decided. There have been lots of main initiatives already beneath building when Disney World was pressured to shut, however now one of many greatest questions surrounds an iconic attraction that was supposed to shut. Spaceship Earth was set to start a serious redesign at the moment, however with the parks closed, it’s miles from clear what the plan now could be, as issues may go in one in all a number of completely different instructions.
Rumors of a serious redesign to Epcot’s geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, had been rumored for someday and so they had been lastly confirmed eventually 12 months’s D23 Expo. As, then Parks Chairman, and now CEO, Bob Chapek defined, the plan was to not merely refurbish however redesign the attraction, which was the centerpiece of the unique Epcot. It will not be a darkish experience that took visitors via the historical past of human communication, however would as a substitute focus extra particularly on the historical past of storytelling.
This could require a number of the animatronic vignettes to be redesigned, whereas others could be utterly changed. Idea artwork exhibits a brand new present constructing subsequent to the long-lasting dome and experiences indicated all the observe format was being redesigned. The expectation was that the redesign would require the experience to be closed till 2022, reopening for Epcot’s 40th anniversary.
Nonetheless, that closure was set to start at the moment, and with not simply Spaceship Earth, however all of Epcot and Walt Disney World closed, it is unclear what the plan is now. No main building is presently going down at Walt Disney World and we do not know if building will restart alongside the parks reopening, or come someday after with the intention to hold occupancy within the parks as little as attainable.
We may doubtlessly see building on Spaceship Earth start in earnest. Building may start earlier than Epcot even opens, or it may begin alongside the park opening. If that occurs then we’ll in all probability see building go kind of precisely as we now have anticipated it to.
Alternatively, we may see building delayed for a minor time frame. If Disney is not able to get the reset underway, however nonetheless plans to do it, we may see Spaceship Earth stay closed when Epcot reopens. We may additionally see the present model of the experience get a keep of execution, and maybe it can reopen with the park for a number of weeks or months till plans are able to get again beneath means.
However there’s a third possibility. We may doubtlessly see the redesign tremendously scaled again, or maybe cancelled solely. It is no secret that Walt Disney World has been shedding some huge cash on account of being closed, and issues aren’t anticipated to be an excellent deal higher even after the park reopens, as lots of people are going to be with out the disposable revenue wanted for a Disney World trip.
With that in thoughts, one must be at the least open to the chance that the attraction may not get the transformation we’re anticipating, or it may very well be delayed for a very long time till the park is in a greater monetary place.
Spaceship Earth’s redesign is only one a part of a serious Epcot transformation, a lot of which was already underway when the park was pressured to shut. Proper now, we simply do not understand how a lot of it we’ll ever see, or how lengthy it can really be earlier than we do.