Join us as we travel through time and learn how human communication has evolved over the ages. We will also learn how the ride itself has changed over the years.

Mural by Claudio Mazzoli located at the Spaceship Earth Entrance
Mural by Claudio Mazzoli


Recording of Information

Navigating a Hostile World
When: ~ 35,000 Years Ago
Where: Europe
Communication: Oral

Cave People
When: ~ 15,000 Years Ago
Where: Europe (Southwestern France, the Caves of Altamira in Northern Spain)
Communication: Storytelling and Recording

Ancient Egypt
When: ~ New Kingdom approximately 1567 – 1085 BC
Where: Egypt
Communication: Writing on Walls, Writing on Paper

Disseminating Information

The Phoenicians
When: Late Bronze Age to the Persian Period 1550 – 332 BC
Where: Coast of the Levant
Communication:  Alphabet for sharing and trade

Ancient Greeks
When: 400 BC
Where: Athens
Communication:  Education

Ancient Rome
When: 27 BC – 20 AD
Where: Rome
Communication:  Laws, Couriers and Government

Burning Rome
When: 20 AD – 476 AD
Where: Rome/Alexandria
Communication: Graffiti, loss of the written word

Islamic Empire
When: 650 AD – 1250 AD
Where: Bagdad
Communication: Sharing, translation, libraries

Medieval Times
When: 1400’s
Where: Europe
Communication: Transcribing, illustration 

Moveable Type Printing Press
When: 1450
Where: Mainz, Germany
Communication: Mass production, moveable type, binding

When: 1450 – 1550
Where: Italy
Communication:  Art – Sculpture, music, painting etc.

Industrial Revolution

Extra Extra
When: 1860’s
Where: New York
Communication: Newspapers

When: 1869’s – 1890’s
Where: New York
Communication: Messages across the country

When: 1890’s – 1930’s
Where: New England to the West
Communication: Messages across the world

When: 1928
Where: USA
Communication: Radio and broadcast networks

When: 1936
Where: New York
Communication: Newsreels and moving pictures

When: 1969
Where: East Coast, USA
Communication:  Television and home libraries


Personal Computers (’82-’94)
When: 1980’s
Where: USA
Communication:  Networks, transistors, modern office

Personal Computer (’94-’07)
When: 1990’s
Where: International
Communication:  Internet, picture chat

Mainframe Computers
When: 1970’s
Where: USA
Communication:  Mainframe computing and data storage

Inventing the Personal Computer
When: 1970’s
Where: USA
Communication: Technology for the personal computer


Data Babble, Our Spaceship Earth, Tomorrow’s Child
When: Now
Where: Globally
Communication:  Global neighborhood, data, the future

If you want to learn more about the original storyline for Spaceship Earth (pdf), check out the memo for the plan for Spaceship Earth written in February 1978 and marked up by Joseph Mankiewicz available on Disney Docs.