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Epcot

A June 2003 trip to Orlando by treesinger

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Epcot

Overview

Epcot Garden Festival Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Mission Space is opening very soon and is supposed to be a unique experience. Be careful if you have motion sickness, though.

Quick Tips:

Spaceship Earth is best done during mid-afternoon and evening when you can literally walk right on.

Best Way To Get Around:

This park is huge. If you have a tough time walking long distances, you may want to consider an electric scooter.

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-Test Track"

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Test Track has been the king of thrill rides in Epcot for many years now. The premise of this ride is to take you through the rigorous testing automobiles are put through before they are finished and preented to the public. The queue area is chock full of automotive knowledge. Many tests are shown here, from paint durability to shock testing. It is rather comprehensive. If you get the fastpass, which allows you to go right to the front, you will bypass most of this in a rushing blink. Once inside the briefing area, there is a short video about the areas of testing that the ride will take you through. If you took notice that they selected the "crash" test, don't worry! This ride is a little bit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-Wonders of Life"

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Personally, I think this pavilion is most in need of a makeover and update. That doesn't mean that it has lost its entertainment value, however. There are varied and numerous things to do here that mainly captivate young children up to preteens. The most prevalent themes are about healthy living and about exploring your senses. There are exercise bike stations which feature video screens that simulate your speed and take you through different pre-recorder videos, including Disneyland. There are many stations which hide items and encourage you to guess what they are by sense of touch. And there is much more. The two main attractions here are the rides Body Wars and Cranium Command.Body Wars is a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-The Living Seas"

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This was once one of my favorite things to see in Disney World. It has since become a neglected pavilion. The preshow to this pavilion is much too long and always has been. The pre-show used to lead onto a moving path that gave guests a relaxing first view of the spacious aquarium. The path has been inoperative for many moons now. You are led from the pre-show to the "hydrolaters", which are glorified fake elevators. It is a neat trick really. Many first time guests really think that they are going underwater to Seabase Alpha. I remember as a child being so totally thrilled about this! The hydrolaters lead into the spacious aquarium. The aquarium is quite impressive with all manner of fish, sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-The Land pt I"

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The Land is one of favorite places at Epcot. After a short, steep walk unphill, you will see mosaics linng the walls at either side of the door. This was hand laid by the same people that created the mosaic for Cinderella's Castle. The first thing to see is "An Environmental Fable," featuring animated characters from The Lion King. In the preshow area there are benches to sit on and television screens which continuosly display different environmental facts. Myself being a trivia junkie, I found the blurbs to be fascinating, like how many many millons of gallons of gasoline are used in idling cars per year. Some of the facts are simply startling. The movie is a mixture of li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-Spaceship Earth pt I"

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Spaceship Earth is a sentimental favorite of mine. It is housed in the giant geodesic dome that stands at the front of the park. I recommend NOT riding this ride in the morning and early afternoon when the lines can be rather long. Waiting until midday or later will see you getting right on throughout the rest of the day. The ride, built nearly twenty years ago, highlights how humans have communicated in the past, how we have continually mastered and expanded communication, and shows what the future of communication may look like. It starts on a long ascent into the dome. The cavemen of our ancient past are shown and how they communicated important moments in their lives with cave paintings...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-Spaceship Earth pt II"

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Then you decend down into the future world. This is where the ride REALLY shows it's age. Taking it in the context of when this ride was created, it is a very impressive indeed. The foretelling of the internet and mass instant communication is very similar to what we have today, even if noBut this is supposed to be the future. Most guests seeing this section are underwhelmed at this because the REAL future has already begun to pass by this future. How people from any part of the world speaking any language can communicate on a whim is no longer science fiction, or even very difficult. Remote broadcasts and distance surgery on broadband are no longer the future of cutting edge technology. By the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-The Land pt II"

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(cont'd) Also downstairs is the show called Food Rocks, which is all about good nutrition. The entry are is quite festive with the colors and little activities for kids to check out while waiting for the show to begin. This show is theater style. Despite how lame you might think a show about nutrition will be, this one is so corny that it's cute. Many different food groups are represented by solo artists or bands. The songs are nutritional parodies of their hits from the past. Keep an open mind with this show and you''l end up laughing in spite of yourself. The showcase ride of The Land is Living With the Land. This is a boat ride through the workings of Disneys agricultural experiments....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Attraction | "Epcot- Future World-Universe of Energy"

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This is an enormous ride! More like three moving theaters. It's an educational journey into energy, where it comes from and how it is used. The main hosts are Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Alex Trebek and Jamie Lee Curtis are also part of the show. The show begins with Ellen having a nightmare that she is on Jeopardy! against Jamie Lee Curtis and Albert Einstein, and all of the categories are about energy. Poor Ellen is left in the dust when Bill Nye comes to the rescue. The preshow is kinda funny and even if you walk in late, you still get a funny chiding (and summary) from Ellen Degeneres before entering the ride. The presentation begins at the Big Bang when Bill Nye take...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida