Spaceship Earth in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort – Episode 25

This week we take a ride on Spaceship Earth in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Travel with Rick with Rick Howard

Hope you enjoy this week’s video, be sure to leave a commment!

Rick Howard

26 comments on “Spaceship Earth in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort – Episode 25”

  1. Pati McElroy says:

    We usually don’t travel to WDW in the summer, but on hotter days in the fall we just take a break from the parks and go back to the hotel for a dip in the pool to cool down or if we don’t feel like leaving the park, we get an icy lemonade! Thanks for another great episode, Rick! Happy Fourth everyone!


  2. Thelma Huss says:

    We are spending our first year living here in Florida, have yet to go to WDW in full summer. We have been in late summer. To keep cool then we lived on the inside rides and attractions. No lingering outside unless finding street performers..for them you always have to stop.


  3. June Stevens says:

    Great show this week! To beat the heat, I take a little sixpack size cooler with us and put in it some cool wraps (bandana-type kercheifs). We pull those out, wrap them around our neck and they cool you down quick! Also any inside attraction, a Dole Whip, frozen beverage from France or Mexico at Epcot, or just standing in front of Splash Mountain will cool you off!

    Thanks Rick! Have a great Holiday weekend!


  4. Linda Miller says:

    We haven’t been to WDW in the summer yet, but on hotter days when we visit we go to EPCOT and visit World Showcase or, if it is REALLY hot, we will go back to our resort and spend some time at the pool.

    Thanks for the Spaceship Earth video. It’s one of my favorite attractions and one of the first things I ride when I arrive at WDW. I have to see “the Ball” to know I’m really there!!

    Linda Miller


  5. James Bond says:

    Wow! That’s the first time I’ve “been on” SE since the refurb. Making the Guest part of the show is a nice touch, and part of what puts Disney ahead of the pack.

    I’ve only been to WDW during late winter/early spring, so I’ve never had an issue with the heat; I love window shopping at the World,though, and there’s always an interesting air-conditioned shop to browse through nearby if things get a little warmish.


  6. Colleen Anastasi says:

    I almost didn’t watch this weeks show. I haven’t been on SSE since it’s rehab (it was closed on my last trip)….almost wanted to wait and see it in Sept….BUT you know me! Patience is not one of my traits! I love the way it looks inside there now and the new ending is cool! Can’t wait to see it for myself.

    Ways to beat the heat…….lots of inside attractions…SSE, Tiki Birds, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Hall of Presidents….Also, if you are staying on Disney property, it’s a great idea to head back to your resorts in the middle of the day, when it’s the hottest. Chill out there, go swimming, nap…whatever. Head back into the park towards dinner time. The heat is down, and if you are taking advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, the crowds are down too!


  7. Scott Schultz says:

    Happy 4th of July Rick!
    Thanks again for another great video. My wife and I Love Spaceship Earth and ride it at least twice on each Walt Disney World vacation. I miss the old version but the new version is still fun.
    When we’re at Epcot, and it’s really hot out, we cool off in one of two ways. We either duck into Mouse Gears, the gift shop in Future World, or we head into Club Cool for some free liquid refreshments from around the world. After 20+ visits to Epcot, it still amazes me that Disney actually gives you something for free.


  8. scott segedy says:

    I like to eat lots of mickey premiums and hit up ice station cool at epcot


  9. Doreen says:

    Love the video of Spaceship Earth.

    We are usually at Disney during April or May so usually very nice weather. However the last week of May last year was very hot & we usually went back to the resort during the hot noontime & afternoon hours & relaxed by the pool. Also going on water rides can help with the heat also & of course those great ice cream snacks are good too!!


  10. Peggy Hickey says:

    Wow,Spaceship Earth has changed since I last saw it, about 6 years ago. Still looks great.
    I learned how to beat the heat on my first ever WDW trip in the summer. I’d get into the indoor attractions as fast as possible, it would rain while I was in there, and I’d come out and everything would be a bit cooler and wetter. 🙂
    Also, the “wet” rides like Splash Mountain, get you nice and refreshed…especially if you go get a nice Dole Whip while you’re still dripping.
    Ice Station Cool is very nice on a hot day. Oh and Beware of the Beverly!


  11. Jeanne Cundiff says:

    Great video Rick!
    Spaceship Earth was closed for Refurbishment the last trip we took but it is on our must see for August. I can’t beleive they fit all of that into the Sphere. It’s great to see all these great ideas because for beating the heat; I’m Sure we will need them for our next Vaca. Can’t wait for next week’s video, thanks so much Rick.


  12. Barbara Thompson says:

    Thanks for the great video! Spaceship Earth in a great ride. We love it and you can rest your feet after all the walking we do.
    We were their the last ten days and it was very hot. This was the 2nd time we have ever gone to Disney in the middle of the summer. We went to the parks in the mornings, water parks or pool in the middle of the day, then hit the parks in the evening.


  13. Donna Isard says:

    We finally got to do sse the last time we where there in Dec. It was great.

    We have only been to wdw one time during the summer and what we did was when the day was getting too hot was go back to our room and relax and return to the park in the evening which usually worked out great because we would get back to our room just as it would start to rain. And we did alot of the shows that were inside.


  14. Penny Serrato says:

    Great trip on SSE. When we were there last year it wasn’t open so this is the first time I have ever seen it. I look forward to riding it when we go in DEC. I hope it’s working. When we went last year to WDW it was in July and it was hot but we are from Texas so we handled it pretty well. We did play out in the rain to cool off and went back to our resort for a swim. Thanks for the video



  15. Julie S says:

    Strolling around World Showcase can definitely make you sweat on a warm Florida day. One of things we like to do is to ride Maelstrom. We then take our time, watch the movie and browse the gift shop on the way out. It provides a nice leisurely respite from the brutal summer sun.

    Thanks again for a great episode Rick!


  16. Scott A. says:

    Awesome video, Rick — thanks! My kids (all 3 are under 8) loved SSE when we went last December. The customized computer scenes at the end had them (and me) smiling and laughing. We all loved seeing each other (since we were in two separate cars) on the big screen at the end of the ride, not to mention the hi-tech games throughout the pavillion.

    Even tho we went the 1st week of Dec., one day was near record high of 93! Coincidentally, we were at Epcot that day. The kids loved to cool off in the few walk-thru fountains near Innoventions. Also, with so many indoor attractions at Epcot, we only had a few stretches of trudging thru the hot sun. And, yes, several Mickey ice cream bars/sandwiches!

    We also had good luck at AK — more compact and lots of shady walks. Even the Boneyard had artificial shade/screens, plus water features for kids to play in. Because it was Dec., the kids’ water features at MK were not on, but they certainly would’ve been used — Pooh’s Playful Spot (playground in Fantasyland) and Donald’s Boat (Toontown Fair). I would say the oldest of the parks (MK and Epcot) had the least shade, but still had water features (when operating) and indoor respites.

    Stay cool!


  17. Scott A. says:

    (sorry, apparently the number eight turns into a smiley face here — all my kids are under that age…but still very smiley!)


  18. Kris Koelzer says:

    Great episode this week. My daughter and I are going to look back thru your older weeks and see if you have a video of one of our favorite rides Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
    We usually beat the heat but riding Tomorrowland Transit Authority or getting a cold treat. If it’s really bad we will head back to the resort and go for a swim.


  19. Bob Nordmark says:

    Great Video Rick. I will add SSE to my list of things to do on my next trip to WDW. To beat the heat I avoid going to WDW in the summer. My favorite time to go to WDW is in October or early May. Having said that, if I could have had my wish of where to be on the 4th of July I would have come to WDW to see the fireworks show at Epcot.


  20. Kevin Nelson says:

    Another great video! We loved the upgrade to Spaceship Earth and it is a must do for our family. We beat the heat by going back to our resort and hitting the pool! Your videos are so cool Rick, I just can’t wait for our next trip! Keep smiling my friend!


  21. Carol Mapes says:

    we usually travel to WDW in the cooler months…. yo beat the heat, go to the parks in the am…. take cold water with you … always available in all parks; go back to room and use pools in afternoon, wait til 5 pm to go back to parks…. much cooler …. then you are more relaxed and can enjoy all the sights more.


  22. peggy janiec says:

    went this past weekend NEVER NEVER again in the summer. Must do exposed areas first thing and save the showcase where there is air and cover for the heat of the day The cold beer helps but $2.50 for a 20 ounce bottle of water in the oppressive heat is gouging!!!!


  23. D.Kocher says:

    Hi Rick another great video again it’s really getting me very excited about my trip in two weeks watching your videos. We just love the new updates to spaceship earth our kids wanted to go right back on! In the past they did’nt want to go back on!! As for keeping cool we use the cool scarfs my family thought they were funny @ first but after the heat hit them they wanted them!!Oh and also the small misting fans.

    Ps I am the one who won this week I am a female(Denise) and if you could’nt get threw my email I am having the spam taken off by tonight. My brother must of put it on sorry… I just found out about it


  24. Debbie Bolen says:

    Great video AGAIN! I still enjoy SSE and the changes they have made thru the years are awesome. It is a must see everytime we visit WDW. The exhibits afterward are well worth hanging around. We sent videos back home the last time we were there………for those of you who have stayed around afterward – you will know what I am referring to :~)

    We tend to only visit WDW from September to April instead of summer months. Not having the summer months crowds are great. We did go one June several years back – it was hot at that time, but I love the heat so it wasn’t an issue for the most part – we just did more inside rides and walked thru the many areas for kids just as the water-misters. A little misting goes a long way to cooling off.

    Keep up the great work – we love seeing the videos each week.


  25. Zach Jones says:

    Thanks again Rick! Your videos are a great way to ease the WDW separation anxiety! Not all of us live near WDW! 🙂

    My favorite way to cool off is a ride on the TTA. I love the attraction, and the gentle breezes that come from its movement are just right. A close second would be PoTC…the “waterfall” feels great on a hot day!

    Thanks, keep up the good work!


  26. Dale Short says:

    Our last trip to Disney was last year in June & it was very hot! Not even the heat can stop our fun when we are at Disney World though. When we are at Magic Kingdom (our favorite park) we like to escape to Columbia Harbor House, get a meal or a drink & go upstairs to the little room overlooking the pathway from FantasyLand. It’s fun to people watch & get our second breath. Thanks again Rick!


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