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Spaceship Earth ride
Spaceship Earth ride Review
Inside the giant geosphere you are transported past a series of tableaux that explore human progress and the continuing search for better forms of communication. Oscar-winner Dame Judi Dench narrates the journey that begins in the darkest tunnels of time, proceeds through history, and ends poised on the edge of the future. Ten-time Emmy winner Bruce Broughton composed the musical score.
Audio-Animatronics figures present Cro-Magnon man daubing mystic paintings on cave walls, Egyptian scribes scratching hieroglyphics on papyrus, Roman centurions building roads, Islamic scholars mapping the heavens, and 11th- and 12th-century Benedictine monks hand-copying manuscripts. As you move into the Renaissance, there's Michelangelo and Gutenberg and, in rapid succession, the telegraph, radio, television, and computer come into being. A family views the moon landing on TV, and soon the personal computer is born.
As your ride vehicle swings backward and descends slowly, touch screens ask how you envision your own future, then play back an animated, Jetsons-esque scenario based on the answers. Siemens, which presents the higher-tech attraction, created a fun-packed post-show with high-demand interactive games. As you enter the post-show, watch the giant digital map screen to see your photo taken during the ride and posted in your hometown location.
For people with disabilities: You must be able to transfer to a standard wheelchair, then walk four steps to the ride vehicle. Guests with service animals should check with an attraction host for boarding information. The ride is equipped for handheld captioning and audio-description devices available at Guest Relations. Ride while waiting for a Mission: SPACE or Soarin' Fastpass appointment. Lines are longest in the morning and shortest just before closing.
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