Spaceship Earth was sponsored by the Bell System originally, from 1982 until 1984. Bell was broken up into smaller companies in 1984, and its parent company, AT&T became its own independent company.
AT&T would sponsor Spaceship Earth from 1984 until 2004.
With the new Siemens AG sponsorship, many changes were made to the ride and post show area.
The ride's updates include: new or changed scenes, new costumes, new lighting, new props, new musical score by Bruce Broughton, new narration and a new interactive ending.
The "time machine" vehicles now have an interactive screen where riders can choose their vision of the future.
Spaceship Earth, the visual and thematic centerpiece of Epcot, weighs 16 million pounds -- more than three times that of a Space Shuttle fully fueled and ready for launch.
The outer "skin" of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles. Also, did you know that rainwater never falls off the sphere? It's absorbed into the ball and funneled away.