According to an official statement from Disney, the redesign of EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth and the upcoming Mary Poppins attraction in the United Kingdom Pavilion have been indefinitely postponed.
The official statement from Disney cited the financial woes brought on by COVID-19, stating that ““As with most businesses during this period, we are further evaluating long-term project plans. The decision was made to postpone development of the “Mary Poppins”-inspired attraction and Spaceship Earth at this time.”
Spaceship Earth’s reimagining was scheduled to begin on May 26th, closing the ride for the summer months and the fall. Spaceship Earth is currently open at EPCOT with no changes, pleasing long-time fans who were upset that they wouldn’t have been able to experience the opening day attraction due to the shut-down in March.
The Mary Poppins-themed “Cherry Tree Lane” project looks to still be a go for the future, but with no timetable for its completion, and numerous other projects such a the TRON coaster at Magic Kingdom being prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Disney World next year, the delay could be a long one.
Last week brought news of the permanent closure of Animal Kingdom’s Primeval Whirl and the Rivers of Life show, as well as The Magic Kingdom’s Stitch’s Great Escape.
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