Spaceship Earth IS DIRTY!!! LOOK!:
Some miscellaneous pictures at dawn:
I like this one:
Some confuse the Wonders of Life Pavilion with the Universe of Energy I guess:
Samu, I found some interesting information about the Epcot Sphere on Wikipedia:
The structure is similar in texture to the United States pavilion from Expo 67 in Montreal, but unlike that structure, Spaceship Earth is a complete sphere, supported on legs. The structure is often humorously referred to as a giant golf ball.
Geometrically, Spaceship Earth is a derivative of a pentakis dodecahedron, with each of the 60 isosceles triangle faces divided into 16 smaller equilateral triangles (with a bit of fudging to make it rounder). Each of those 960 flat panels is sub-divided into four triangles, each of which is divided into three isosceles triangles to form each point. In theory, there are 11,520 total isosceles triangles forming 3840 points. In reality, some of those triangles are partially or fully nonexistent due to supports and doors; there are actually only 11,324 of them, with 954 partial or full flat panels
The appearance of being a monolithic sphere is an architectural goal that was achieved through a structural trick. Spaceship Earth's is in fact two structural domes. Six legs are supported on pile groups that are driven up to 160 feet into Central Florida's soft earth. Those legs support a steel box-shaped ring at the sphere's perimeter, at about 30 degrees south latitude in earth-terms. The upper structural dome sits on this ring. A grid of trusses inside the ring supports the two helical structures of the ride and show system. Below the ring, a second dome is hung from the bottom, completing the spherical shape. The ring and trusses form a table-like structure which separates the upper dome from the lower. Supported by and about three feet off of the structural domes is a cladding sphere to which the shiny Alucobond panels and drainage system are mounted.
The cladding was designed so that when it rains, no water pours off the sides onto the ground. (All water is "absorbed" through one inch gaps in the facets and is collected in a gutter system - and finally channeled into the World Showcase Lagoon.)
Yes, thanks Bigfoot for the informations! On Wikipedia you can find tons of informations and facts about almost everything!!
The only thing is that many doubt its reliability because as you may know, everybody can change the informations... but still, great informations!!! Thanks!
Samuele, First off, thanks for providing us with this AWESOME site!!! It so is interesting to see orlando when your 500 miles away! Keep up the great work!
My question is is GM still sponsoring Test Track, and if they are how much longer does the contract exist? Thanks!
Thank you so much, Anonymous! I really, really appreciate!
About GM,even though its $100 million sponsorship contract with Walt Disney World has expired last year (2009) and there was never any announcement of a renewal, the company’s logo and presence is still visible all around the pavilion...
So, neither they are sure of renewing the contract with Disney...
I hope this helps! :-)!
Have a great day!!
^ Thanks it did! Once again, I cant explain to you how much I love your site!