Today In Disney History ~ July 5th

Today In Disney History ~ July 5th

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Spaceship Earth is an 18-story geodesic sphere supported by three legs, sometimes jokingly called “The Epcot Golf Ball” by some guests. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc of Boston made the structural design for Spaceship Earth, and Expo 67 a similar incomplete sphere that was built for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal and is now a part of the Biosphère Environment Museum.
Spaceship Earth has 960 flat panels that are divided into 11,324 isosceles triangles and 954 partial or full flat triangular panels. It took 26 months to build Spaceship Earth. The ride inside the sphere takes guests through the history of man.
In 2000 the 25-story “magic wand” was built next to Spaceship Earth to celebrate the new millennium. The number 2000 was replaced with the word
 Epcot in 2001. When the announcement was made that the wand was being removed, Spaceship Earth closed for 3 months, allowing the ride to be updated as well. Currently the Spaceship Earth ride is on it’s fourth version.

 

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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