Spaceship Earth is by far Logan’s favorite ride at Epcot. We have to ride it every single time we enter Epcot. If there is a line when we first walk in since it’s at the front of the park then he will want to get a time on his DAS card immediately. There aren’t a lot of rides to choose from at Epcot so I usually indulge him. Most parents like the ride because it’s long and air conditioned. I won’t lie that I sometimes like to ride it with him just to catch a nap. Don’t tell my secret, ok?
Logan probably likes the ride so much because it goes on sequential order. Everything happens when it’s supposed to coupled with the fact that he loves ancient Rome. I like the ride for homeschooling because it’s a live action history timeline. The children know by riding this so much that the library in Alexandria was burned but luckily there were other books in the Middle East along with Jewish scholars. They know that we should thank the Phoenicians for the alphabet. The Renaissance came alive for them in a way that I could never have replicated in our school room.
They’ve learned that computers weren’t always portable or readily available to the public. For children who’ve always had access to technology that is a surprise. How one entrepreneurial person in a garage can change the world in amazing ways.
Here’s a few ways we’ve used this ride to accentuate our history lessons:
To work on our foreign language studies, we pick Spanish as our language for the narration. Since we know the spiel in it’s entirety, this enhances our studies as we listen to see if we can make out the words. Not every time , mind you, as that would Logan have in an uproar. Just every now and then.
We look for things we are studying. Right now, JoJo is studying the Civil War. There is a part where a boy is selling a newspaper that says Civil War Over! He researched if that was possible in that time frame.
Do not race past the games at the end. There is one that explains power consumption. The skeleton needing his body put back together is my favorite although it took me a while to get it all right. There are many other games as well. This is hands on learning at it’s finest.
Have you rode this ride? What did you think? On my Pinterest Board , I have a pin on how it’s changed over the years if you’re interested. That’s where I put other articles that compliment mine. Be sure to follow it !