Move over, Walt Disney World Railroad… you have company! EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth refurb has officially been put on hold. At least, for the time being, that is.

“Time travellers, take note that the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction at EPCOT will also continue to be available in its current state while we pause on its planned refurbishment”, read Disney’s recent announcement.

This is a bit contrary to what was spotted in the My Disney Experience App a few weeks back when it stated that the beloved attraction was closed for refurbishment.

The Phoenician-thanking attraction was scheduled to receive a massive makeover for Epcot’s upcoming 40th birthday. Having opened in 1982, Spaceship Earth has received several overhauls over the years. Now, 14 years since it’s last zhuzh, Walt Disney Imagineering is ready and raring to go for yet another re-imagining. And judging by the concept art, it looks nothing short of magnificent.

As previously stated by Walt Disney World Imagineering

“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.
Today we’re excited to share a few additional details of what you can expect when this icon returns. You’ll 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, you’ll 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.”

In addition to adding a refresh to the narrative, it is no secret that the attraction mechanics could use a bit of modern-day technological TLC, including several audio-animatronics that are in less than tip-top shape, and a stiff ride vehicle.

Unfortunately, the project has been delayed with no new date for when the long-awaited update is scheduled to begin.

On the bright side, Disney die-hards now have a bit more time to visit and wish a humble fare-thee-well to the attraction in its current state.

After what happened to Figment and Maelstrom, we will be sure to cherish our last remaining moments with this oldie but goodie.

Will you be visiting the current Spaceship Earth one last time?