Collection of media from the photographers, bloggers, and people that love EPCOT.
EPCOT discussion forum:
your post of the monorail ride in ‘89 was truly spectacular.
and whatever the debate is, we are all in agreement that something needs to be done with epcot. it’s a shame, and it’s a joke. let’s start with the obvious, where i feel everyone is in agreement:
-wonders of life just sits there, not operating (or at least open to the public). do something with it! the same with the odyssey: i don’t care if the foundation is not 100%, fix it! future world could use another little quick service or even a little sit down place. aside from the land and the electric umbrella, there ain’t nowhere to get a bite in future world. i get it, you save the eating for world showcase, but the WS quality of food has dropped severely in the past 10 years, it couldn’t hurt.
-open the damn image works! prime real estate to do something with, and it just sits there, housing leftover props from the old image works. there is no excuse to have this abandoned!
now here are things that not everyone is in agreement, but speaking strictly as an EPCOT obsessed nerd:
-restore journey into imagination to its original glory. i know there’s a lot of controversy around this topic, and it would cost a lot of money, but think about it: captain eo tribute was a success (nostalgia factor goes a long way), the ride’s concept and execution wasn’t dated (it holds up; it’s not wacky and zany and full of eric idle)
-kitchen kabaret revival: soarin’ is lame. just a last ditch attempt to put butts in seats by incorporating a california adventure ride in florida. kitchen kabaret is fun, family friendly, and timeless. food rocks suffers from Dreamworks syndrome: let’s pack in as much “relevant at the time” humor” for the kiddies. fuck that shit.
-listen to the land: bring back the narrator, the song and actually TRY to attempt to grow crops in outer space. I want to see that rotating hydroponics drum spinning!
-symbiosis: boring, dry, dramatic. 10x better than that simba shit.
-living seas: let’s kick out nemo because that shit is pure childish. there’s not much learning there, or fish for that matter at the seas with nemo. seabase alpha knew how to educate us on sea exploration and marine biology. and the preshow movie was so inspiring!
-universe of energy: ellen is a fine comedienne, but sometimes you need a dry, boring ride to truly illustrate the importance of energy and fossil fuels, and not just light-hearted and fun fare with bill nye.
-horizons: no brainer. clearly the most beloved and most missed of all epcot rides. sure, outdated and mission space is a “bigger” draw, kinda, it is still a fun ride and teaches us the wonders of our own imaginations when it comes to 21st century exploration.
-world of motion: it was an okay ride, test track is fun. actually i can’t really fight too hard on this one, sorry :(
now things i understand are outdated and would make no sense to bring back:
-spaceship earth: update it, just take out the choose your own future whatever, lose judi dench, recycle walter cronkite’s narration, and reinstate tomorrow’s child
-communicore: just put a mockup of it in the old millenium village pavilion for a nostalgic look, but at least make innoventions more interesting than just habit heros and what to do in the flood or earthquake thing. present more technology in innoventions, not just random crap to keep kids’ hands busy.
now i understand that this will never happen because disney doesn’t know what to do with their theme park. money drives that corporation, so to take out the character meet n greets, the kim possible or fineas and ferb disney channel tie-ins are out of the question. but we all want to see epcot restored to its former glory. it’s what we grew up on, and it’s what we like. and they had a good idea from the start, but somewhere along the way it got corrupted and now we have a joke of a theme park. i’ll still go, however, i just can’t bring myself to enjoy the refurbed rides. i’ll always have youtube, though.
Yesss, let’s do this.
where i feel everyone is in agreement:
-Wonders of Life: Open it, bring back Cranium Command (maybe update the cameos: Tina Fey? Joe Lo Truglio?), reboot Body Wars, open a smaller snack shop/cafe similar to Seasons in the Land with nutrition info.
-Image Works: open it.
-Horizons: no brainer. open it. I can’t recall the last time I saw a line at Mission: Space.
things that not everyone is in agreement, but speaking strictly as an EPCOT obsessed nerd:
-restore journey into imagination to its original glory. Agreed.
-kitchen kabaret: I actually have a dissenting opinion. Bring it back AND keep Soarin’, moving Kitchen Kabaret up to where the dumb Circle of Life film is. Or maybe even over to Wonders of Life and add a nutrition spin to it.
-listen to the land: Agreed. bring back the narrator, the song and actually TRY to attempt to grow crops in outer space.
-living seas: Get rid of Nemo. Get “Big Blue World” out of my head. Bring back hydrolators, Keep Crush’s turtle talk.
-universe of energy: Update with only Bill Nye and maybe Neil Degrasse Tyson? Modern nerds in pop culture uniting for good and dinosaurs.
things i understand are outdated and would make no sense to bring back:
-world of motion: Hrm. This is tough. I don’t have strong nostalgia for WoM, but I don’t like Test Track either (especially the Tron update.) Plus having a car company-backed ride next to Universe of Energy and across from the Land seems hypocritical. Maybe get Tesla to sponsor and update it?
-spaceship earth: update it, reinstate tomorrow’s child, bring back Jeremy Irons.
-symbiosis: Nope. See above under kitchen kabaret for my thoughts.
-communicore: Nope. Make half of Innoventions a “festival center.” Make the other half have more awesomeness per foot (and not a showroom floor.)
Characters throughout the park: Remove Phineas & Ferb and make Figment tie-in. Remove Duffy forever. Keep country-specific meet & greets when it actually makes sense.
Food: Restore Akershus (I miss their food, do not want to interact with princesses to eat it.)
Other: Bring back Gates of Winter at Christmas. Finally remove Leave-a-Legacy walls. Update illuminations or at least run the old show occasionally complete with lasers.
A Monorail trip around EPCOT Center in 1989. A couple things:
- I wish I could get ahold of that Jack Wagner narration for my EPCOT Center iTunes playlist.
- Horizons, right where it belongs.
But the biggest, most eye-opening thing for me is the huge crowds. Look at all those people swarming around the Imagination pavilion! These days the only time it’s that busy is on Christmas or New Years Eve, and even then it’s only because the lines are artificially lengthened by the FastPass+ system.
So why is that? Why was Imagination positively swarming with people back in 1989? Come here and I’ll tell you. Lean in real close.
Okay, are you listening?
Are you listening?
Okay, here goes:
IT! DIDN’T! STINK!
It didn’t! It was full of cool, whimsical, exciting things to see and do! The ride was a classic, the upstairs ImageWorks was a blast-even if the technology wasn’t the absolute cutting-edge anymore it was still fun and everyone loved it-and Captain EO was still almost brand-new.
If you had told my 11-year-old self back in 1989 that Disney would basically just leave, not just the Imagination pavilion but the entire park, to rot I wouldn’t have believed you! If you had told me that in the 14th year of the 21st century EPCOT’s most popular attraction was a character meet-and-greet, I would have accused you of taking massive amounts of those drugs that Nancy Reagan was always imploring kids like me to say no to.
I’m sorry for ranting about this (again) but I can’t help myself! The utter brain-dead cluelessness of Disney’s executive leadership and the contempt for their customers that the current condition of EPCOT betrays just staggers me.
How anyone can keep going to that park and think they’re having a good time, that it’s worth their money, is beyond me.
Okay, rant over. I now return you to your regularly scheduled Internetting.
Our next destination, the 21st Century. I know the quality isn’t super spectacular, and that a dozen other people have posted better quality horizons videos, but it’s special because it was my dad’s “brilliant” camerawork…