Time Racers: Epcot Center's Canceled Attractions Part 4

Project Gemini Epcot Layout Time Racers

Welcome to the first look into Project Gemini. This will almost definitely become a part of future articles as well, but today we look at the proposed Spaceship Earth replacement, Time Racers. For a look at previous articles in this series please check here.

Project Gemini was a proposed massive retheme for Epcot's Future World in the 1990s. Most parts never ended up happening, but we did get a few interesting ride proposals as a result of this.

To briefly summarize, this plan would have involved retheming World into Dicoveryland, focusing more on Discovery as opposed to future technologies. It involved much more green space, as well as massive rethemes of the Land, Seas, and Spaceship Earth pavilions.

Spaceship Earth Geodesic Tiles

Today we are zeroing in on the replacement for Spaceship Earth. Time Racers would have been a time travel based roller coaster through the ball. It would have been mainly projection based, similar to the seasonal overlays of Disneyland's Space Mountain.

No track layout was ever released for this attraction, and the above layout is the only significant image related to the entire Discoveryland project.

The entire project would come to be canceled, but the reasons for this specific attraction being canceled was apparently that the Spaceship Earth building simply could not handle a roller coaster like this. It makes sense considering the building was designed to hold a slow-moving omnimover attraction. Trying to add a roller coaster to a preexisting elevated building like the Spaceship Earth building was likely not the best idea.

This renovation never happened and at least thus far Epcot has never received a time travel attraction. Spaceship Earth is also likely about to receive its second major refurbishment since Time Racers was proposed.

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