[An excerpt from OrlandoSentinel.com]
Epcot’s Spaceship Earth ride is expected to reopen in mid-December for sneak previews with a new story overlay, new technology and a whole new soundtrack — created by 10-time Emmy Award-winning composer Bruce Broughton, a 63-piece orchestra and a 24-voice choir.
Walt Disney Imagineering announced late last week that Broughton’s music has been fitted to each scene in the attraction’s storyline, which follows the history of human innovation from one generation to the next, from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
The ride was closed earlier this year as the entire system also has been updated with new show scenes, lighting, costumes, set decorations, interactive features for riders and a new narrator, Academy Award-winning actress Judi Dench.
For the musical score, each scene was infused with styles and instruments appropriate to the time period.
“To have that score transition smoothly as vehicles travel from one time period to the next is extremely difficult,” said Walt Disney Imagineering show producer Bob Zalk. “The first time we rode through the attraction accompanied by that music, we were amazed.”