Spaceship Earth is more than just the physical icon of EPCOT – it’s a symbol of how the park continues to evolve. The attraction is a crucial piece of the historic transformation already underway at EPCOT, and the team at Walt Disney Imagineering is excited to start implementing a new vision for Spaceship Earth beginning May 26.

This means Spaceship Earth in its current form will close for a time starting that day, and the ideas WDI are working on inside that geosphere will be well worth the wait. The next iteration of Spaceship Earth will focus on the story of humanity, following our long journey from prehistoric humans to today brought to life with magic and depth that only Disney can deliver. Many of the moments you know and love will be updated in amazing ways, blended with brand-new scenes to tell a story about our human experience.

Epcot Theme ParkToday we’re excited to share a few additional details of what guests can expect when this icon returns. Guests will visit Egypt, which is part of the current version of the attraction, but it will be an Egypt like you’ve never seen before, transformed through the power of light.

Throughout the attraction, guests will hear new narration and see how light plays a central role in our shared human journey, coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together.

Walt Disney once said EPCOT “would always be in a state of becoming,” and Spaceship Earth has lived up to that vision for generations. This will be the attraction’s fourth – and most ambitious – update since the park’s grand opening on Oct. 1, 1982.

Guests who love Spaceship Earth as much as I do should start planning their next visit before May 26th, 2020 if they want to experience the attraction in its current form.

Once the attraction closes, it’s anticipated that it will be closed for about 1 years time though Disney has not released an opening date or time frame for construction.

As sad as it is to see this classic attraction closes its doors for a time, I’m actually excited to see the revamped version. As mentioned above, Walt wanted EPCOT and its attractions to be ever-changing as the world progressed and this is one way for it to happen.

Be sure to grab your discounted tickets to the theme parks if you’re planning to head out before May 26th.