The Spaceship Earth stand-by entrance sign is back in operation after being covered for well over six months in EPCOT.
Here’s a picture from July 2022 of a black panel over the stand-by entrance sign, which also includes the digital wait time display. The panel has been there since at least May 2022.
The black panel is gone and the sign is back in working order. The digital display does not show up on camera very well, but the wait time is appearing.
While the sign was covered, Cast Members were using an A-frame menu board (typically used to show menu for the various festival booths) to display the attraction’s wait time.
Spaceship Earth was originally scheduled to undergo a major overhaul in 2020, ahead of the park’s 40th anniversary (which just passed on October 1, 2022). Due to COVID-19, the update was indefinitely delayed but may still happen. If it does, it will likely be different from what was originally planned. Concept art for the project leaked earlier this year.
In recent Spaceship Earth news, a guest jumped out of their time machine ride vehicle to sit in a scene with the audio-animatronics.