Behind the Scenes at Epcot's Spaceship Earth (PART 3)


Welcome to PART 3 of this great photo-gallery showcasing the grand scenes of Epcot's truly inspiring Spaceship Earth. PART 2 can be found clicking here.
Did you know that Spaceship Earth is one of the original rides that still stand mostly untouched at Epcot? While the ending has been altered a lot and a few other scenes have been improved throughout the years, the majority of the ride has remained essentially the same since opening day. Let's resume our tour:

A look at the mysterious back area of the Medieval Age scene:

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There are plenty of real letters and writings to check out:

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Including... a Hidden Mickey! Can you find it?:

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It's this one:

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Let's leave them now. They deserve to rest for a little while:

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The era of the printing press is here:

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The Renaissance:

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He definitely needs to wash his hands before eating:

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The modern era:

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"Extra, extra!":

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Communicating with faraway places:

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Comments

  1. While the 2008 update was excellent overall, the one mistake I think they made was turning the newspaper boy around, facing away from the riders. He used to face the people, and now we see him from behind. Just doesn't make any sense to me.

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  2. I've heard that the "rude paperboy's" face was damaged at some point during the refurb and he was turned around rather than fixing it.

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  3. I believe the damaged theory of the paper boy because Disney is so cheap now they dont fix anything (cough cough yeti cough. I hate the new dame judy dench naration. the jeremy irons version was iconic and stuck with me throughout my life. The judy dentch version is just lacking.

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  4. Last time i rode this ride back in 2013, there was a bump in the track probably every 20 feet , that wrecked the ride for me

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  5. One of the things I love about this ride is the amount of AAs imported from MK's "Hall of Presidents," among other sources:

    Shaman – Chief Joe/American Adventure
    Egyptian Priest – William Taft/Hall of Presidents
    Phoenician Sea Captain – Store Owner/American Adventure
    Centurion – Zachary Taylor/Hall of Presidents
    Roman Senator – Teddy Roosevelt/Hall of Presidents
    Turk (front/right) – John Tyler/Hall of Presidents
    Sitting Scholar – Franklin Pierce/Hall of Presidents
    Writing Monk – John Adams/Hall of Presidents
    Printer Pulling Tray – Andrew Jackson/Hall of Presidents
    Gutenberg – James Buchanan/Hall of Presidents
    Printer Pressing – Andrew Carnegie/American Adventure
    Mandolin Player – Dwight D. Eisenhower/Hall of Presidents
    Steam Press Operator – Banjo Player/American Adventure
    Telegraph Operator – Matthew Brady/American Adventure
    Reporter/Telegraph – Store Owner/American Adventure
    Sound Engineer – Matthew Brady/American Adventure).

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  6. I always try to look for the presidents in Spaceship Earth and the Haunted Mansion. John Adams is the one I can usually spot without much work.
    I've also heard that the paperboy might have been moved because he was too close to the track and the paper could be reached from the vehicles, but that doesn't explain why he was turned around.

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  7. That's very interesting, Bill! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I think - and this is just my theory - that the paperboy was turned around because now he is facing the streets to sell the paper. Before, he was facing the press and the riders, which...doesn't make sense in the former and is breaking the 4th wall in the latter. I still don't like it though. Lol.

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  9. The paperboy is actually facing the proper way now. We are seeing the scene from the newspaper printing shop. He is hawking the papers toward the streets of the city. He certainly wouldn't be selling to the printing shop. It takes a little bit to realize how we are viewing the scene, but once you realize that, it makes perfect sense.

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