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Dear Ricky, The scene in Spaceship Earth portrays Steve “the Woz’ Wozniack (I can’t spell his last name) inventing the first personal computer. I thought it was Jobs at first too… But according to a Cast Member I asked after riding SSE for the first time after the new scenes were added, Jobs was supposed to be in the scene behind the Woz, facing the ride vehicles, talking on a phone essentially selling the idea of personal computers to investors (or some other unknown person on the other side) but it wasn’t added for some reason. I know this is pretty much hear-say.. but it’s still interesting.
As a life long Apple user (My father actually still works for Apple, has since the late 80’s), I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of one the world’s great dreamers. Like Walt Disney himself, Jobs actively sought to improve peoples lives. Disney pushed the boundaries of entertainment through new and better technologies. Likewise Jobs pushed the boundaries of technology by integrating entertainment, and people personal lives into devices previously seen only as utilitarian tools. I will always remember the effects Steve Jobs has had on my life…. and I will celebrate his memory with every track on iTunes, and every viewing of Toy Story.
Many have said that it’s Jobs in Spaceship Earth, while others insist it’s Woz. But the official line is that it’s neither, just inspired by them and countless other enthusiasts working on electronics in their garages during that era. Either way, both of their influence in the world of computers is unarguable and the scene does represent the feeling of the time. And as people pass that scene in the coming days, weeks, and months, many are sure to think of Jobs’ legacy, as the scene now truly becomes a part of history, like the those before it.
My prayers are with his family and I hope that during their times of mourning, they might be able to celebrate his life and cherish all the things that he meant to them. He will be missed.
This might be to early to tell but I couldn’t help to think who gets his shares in the company? I’m not familiar with the world of stocks so I am not sure what happens to someones shares when they pass. Is it distributed?does his family get it? Does the second to largest shareholder become the largest shareholder?
I wondered about the shares as well. I assume they are left to whomever Jobs left them to, likely his family. But there may be more to it than that, considering the large number of them and his role on the Disney board.
ricky, when was this added to SSE? I rode it in 2008 and only noticed theytook out my favorite scene from the ride… The scene that depicts the future as itwas thought to be. They replaced that scene with the virtual keypad thing, right? Because now on your descent from the top of SSE, it is pitch black and there is no more light tunnel, or scenes of the future. Where is the jobs section ofthe ride? I’m right about the SSE descent right?
(sorry, I haven’t been to epcot since 2008. I only really go to the magic kingdom now)
It was updated in 2007, actually. The scene you’re describing was replaced by two new scenes, one set in a ’60s/’70s computer room and the other forming the above-mentioned garage. The former “communication tunnel” is now half of what it once was, with a far less impressive effect. It’s all before you reach the top.
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