Rumor: Spaceship Earth may finally close for its update after Test Track reopens in early 2020

Update: Spaceship Earth will officially close for its refurbishment on May 26, 2020.


Spaceship Earth’s dramatic refurbishment may finally begin in the first half of 2020. After the initial closing period was pushed back from 2019, it now appears the iconic attraction could close after Test Track reopens following its scheduled refurbishment that’s expected to run between January 13, 2020 and February 26, 2020.

While no specific dates were indicated, Spaceship Earth closing in the first half of 2020 makes the most logical sense following a successful reopening of Test Track. This would prevent the project from falling too far behind the other construction projects at Epcot, such as the demolition of Innoventions West, that are already underway. However, we have seen other construction projects experience significant delays, so take our estimate with a grain of salt.

The basis of this report stems from the fact Disney doesn’t want two of its major attractions in Future World to be closed at the same time.

Whenever Spaceship Earth does finally close for its transformation, guests should expect it to be down for a significant period of time. Earlier rumors suggest Spaceship Earth’s closure could last as long as two years as Disney overhauls and updates Epcot’s staple attraction. The updates are expected to touch nearly every asset of the ride, including the track the ride vehicles use to travel through the scenes.

Here’s hoping Disney will announce the closing date well in advance so guests can experience the attraction as it currently stands one last time before the refurbishment begins.

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