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    Spaceship Earth Update

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    A Time Traveler Comes Full Circle

    Spaceship Earth is re-imagined by one of its original Imagineers

    Bob Zalk was a wide-eyed, newly hired audio engineer when he took on one of his first projects with Walt Disney Imagineering: working on the mighty Epcot® icon, Spaceship Earth, now presented by Siemens. 25 years later, as Senior Show Producer, he found himself leading the team to take this all-time great attraction, and make it even greater for the 21st century and beyond. And you'll be able to experience the newly enhanced attraction this winter.

    Bob and his team enhanced all of the scenes on this time-travel attraction with new lighting effects, costumes and set decoration, but even more than that, they also created an entirely new story "overlay" to blend the classic scenes with new ones and to add a special interactive aspect to its finale.

    A new story for the enhancement
    "We're telling a different story this time," he explained. "Our new story is essentially about how all the innovations of one generation influence and inspire another. There's definitely a relationship between the caveman in the early scenes, who is writing on walls, to our era in which we write on computers. It's a series of building blocks that add upon each other as we travel up through Spaceship Earth."
    Once you reach the top of the 165-foot diameter Spaceship Earth geodesic dome, the new, interactive touch screens on your "time machine" vehicle will invite you to create your own visions of the future and see yourself in that future.
    On top of all that, a new narration will be accompanied by an exciting new musical score composed and conducted by nine-time Emmy® Award winner Bruce Broughton, who has created music for many other major Disney attractions and films. "It's a challenge to create music for an attraction like this because you have to know how to blend the music seamlessly from scene to scene," Bob explained. "You want to treat an attraction with the kind of majesty it deserves and Bruce rises to the occasion."

    "Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow"
    After you leave your time machine, you can explore a new interactive area with lots of fun and fascinating exhibits. "There's Body Builder, in which you wear 3-D glasses to assemble a digital human body (who talks back to you!), and simulates Siemens' remote surgery technology," Bob explained. "Then we have Super Driver, a driving simulation video game that showcases Siemens' auto accident avoidance systems.

    "Innervision shows you the future of medical diagnostics in your home—something like your bathroom mirror giving you diagnostics on your body. And Power City is a game what shows how to manage power in a growing city, from routing power to neighborhoods where it's needed to replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar power."

    All time favorites will live on through time
    But the essence of Spaceship Earth will remain a constant. "Everything that everyone loved about the attraction—the smell of Rome burning, the monk snoring—will still be there, but it will be a new experience in a good many ways," Bob explained. "I think we're all mindful of the tradition that these kinds of attractions hold. So when we approach it as a team, we do it very carefully. You want to keep the ingredients that made it special." And it's personally very special to Bob Zalk. "Coming in as a young Imagineer 25 years ago and getting to work on something like Spaceship Earth-I was just in awe, not only of the attraction, but also of the people I was privileged to work with and their years with the company. I learned a lot from them. Now at this point, we have young people on our team and we're now mentoring these Imagineers. I'm getting an interesting flashback feeling. How often do you get a chance to work on something like this two times around?"
    This news update has been provided by www.wdwnewstoday.com, keeping you posted on Spaceship Earth's lengthy rehab every day!!!
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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    I'm so excited to hear about these changes. Sounds like they are really doing a huge refurb on this attraction and that the reimagineering will be done in a positive attraction-enhancing way.

    I'm really curious about the touch screens and new music.

    Can't wait to see it again - for the first time
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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    All that sounds really cool.


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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    I'm looking forward to the changes at Spaceship Earth. I love the original, and miss it, but this sounds like it could also be something really special.


    (Oh, as a side note, at Innoventions at Disneyland they have a small version of Project Tomorrow featuring Body Builder and Super Driver. They also have a smaller version of that nifty projection globe.)

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    As long as Tomorrow's Child makes a come back with full lyrics, I'll be happy
    Glad to see more confirming of SSE becoming a lot like Horizons.

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    It's always great to see a classic receive a little love every once and a while. So the touch screen technology is the source of the delays. Once again, the more complicated the gizmo, the more prone it is to not function properly.

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    Quote Originally Posted by TheManator View Post
    As long as Tomorrow's Child makes a come back with full lyrics, I'll be happy
    Glad to see more confirming of SSE becoming a lot like Horizons.
    Sorry to tell you this, but they have pretty much confirmed that Tomorrow's Child is not returning, it will be a new original theme.
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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Imaginationeer View Post
    Sorry to tell you this, but they have pretty much confirmed that Tomorrow's Child is not returning, it will be a new original theme.
    Source?

    I have heard otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
    Source?

    I have heard otherwise
    If you're asking for his source, shouldn't you post your source as well since you are contradicting what Tom said?

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyreporter View Post
    If you're asking for his source, shouldn't you post your source as well since you are contradicting what Tom said?
    LOL. Well, to give you a source you know, the WDW Radio Show. Besides that, my own sources have told me this. So, a few reputable sources have this info.
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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    This is exciting news! I can't wait to see the wonderful SSE once it opens.

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    I wonder if they're still going to stop the show mid-way to announce: WE ARE NOW GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND. :P hehe
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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Chernabog View Post
    I wonder if they're still going to stop the show mid-way to announce: WE ARE NOW GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND. :P hehe
    They will along with the screens and images with it if it means the non-English speaking guests won't know what is going on. Safety first!

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    Re: Spaceship Earth Update

    Grrr @ no Tomorrow's Child...I guess I will have that song on my iPhone forever then...the only gripe I have with the song it sounds like in several parts the orchestra is off key. Oh well I guess!

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