I'm with Mamabot. I LOVE Spaceship Earth. There is much that could be done to improve it, but it is still fantastic as it is. I like the return back to earth the best. It is a very steep decline with lots of interesting optics and projections. EPCOT's acid trip.
This ride is a disaster. Walter Cronkite couldn't even save it. It is a poor rendition of a story that is told better on the National Geographic or History Channel. Choosing this medium handicaps what could have been a really compelling story. The fact that people used to turn the vehicles around at the top of the hill says it all.
"As usual he's taken over the coolest spot in the house"- Father re: Orville 1963
Epcot is always where I start my visits, and SE is always the first attraction I hit (and usually the only one that I'll do multiple visits to every trip). I agree, tho, that it needs a good refurb. And they killed the entryway with those stupid projected images of the cars turning around backwards. If people are so dumb that they think it's time to get out of their cars when they start turning around, then they deserve to get crunched by the machinery and thin the herd!!!
Spaceship Earth deserves a 5 (that's what I gave it), but in its current condition, it's barely above a 1. When I rode it last week, the soundtrack is out of sync in many scenes, and many of the audio-animatronics were not operating. The sculptor had his arms raised in the air like he was being robbed! I agree with Danyoung that the start of the ride has been ruined with the video displays, but the end of the ride is far worse. The Global Neighborhood display was lousy to begin with, and now it's totally boarded up. Does anyone remember when it was a Guest Services area with the World Key displays? I wish they would bring that back. It was very impressive! șoș
To me, Spacehship Earth is the ride that defines Walt Disney World. When I sit down in that vehicle, I sort of get this "relaxed" feeling. The whole ride just amazes me from start to finish and really cheers me up!