Does Disney even care about the majority of EPCOT's Future World?
I happened to be watching some promo footage of EPCOT and it seemed that the whole entire thing consisted of footage of the World Showcase. The ONLY rides that were really featured in the main promo were Soarin' (only soarin, none of the other land attractions), Spaceship Earth (the icon of the park so for me I find that less as an attraction (for the purpose of the promo) than the icon its known as, and Test Track. Not even one glimpse was given at any other ride. This made me question, Does Disney even care about there other attractions in Future World?
When Disney's own Imagineers are taking public shots at Future World (see recent IAAPA conventions), I think it's pretty clear that there's a real lack of commitment within Parks management for supporting Future World.
It might be bad but the alternative is watching Future World die a slow death. Just rip the band aid off and feel the sting.
Wait. World Showcase is non-fiction story telling. Future World has all the major rides. That they focus on World Showcase tells me they could not sell us on Future World. That's the real sad part.
Disney has shown a lack of care for EPCOT in recent years, which is really sad since EPCOT is my favorite (and the nerdyst) of the Disney parks.
Agree with Jaiden. Other than a new edition of Test Track and Captain EO, there has not been a major Future world project in a long while. I have wondered what is going to happen to the old Wonders of Life pavilion.
Wonders of Life Pavilion is now an event spot for the Flower and Garden or Food and Wine.
I was thinking, why doesn't Disney just upgrade their pavilions with an extra room or area and upgrade the rides and spread out the festival. Therefore making more of a want to visit the extra pavilions instead of just putting the festival in one [pavilion distant from the attractions. Fixing the rides could generate more interest in them with the strategy of drawing people to them using the festival and overall making EPCOT a bit more popular.
I would like to see them make the Odyssey a festival showplace. Maybe too small?
Wonders of life = Digital world?
I just think they're trying to figure out how to turn Future World into Star Wars Universe with Spaceship Earth re-done to look like the Death Star.
^That would look amazing, but I'm pretty sure most people would get upset if Future World turned into Star Wars world. Star Wars is probably going to Studios anyway.
Yea. Star Wars in EPCOT is defiantly the wrong place to place Star Wars. Studios needs and upgrade and Star Wars is much better suited there.
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It is a shame that Disney does not care about Future World. EPCOT Center's primary focus seemed to be Future World that was the pinnacle of latest scientific knowledge. Soarin and Test Track are not that. Granted Test Track is good (I don't know why Mission Space was not included) but Soarin is a copy of what is at Anaheim. If they wanted to do something make the footage flying over Florida instead of California. They need to start caring and update their rides. Energy and Imagination need updating without a doubt. Wonders of Life I wish they could resurrect the idea of a health pavilion. The Living Seas may need some work and possibly find ways for guests to want to go to it. WDI could have fun with Future World if they took a step back and said "Okay let's think out of the box and see what new ideas we can come up with." If they only looked at the potential of what they could do with these 100,000+ sq ft show buildings.
Double A writes: "It is a shame that Disney does not care about Future World."
Hm. TH that's good. Now though, how EPCOT center could the EPCOT become if EPCOT gets re-done?
That is good news hearing Fitzgerald is going to become the creative director at Epcot. It seems as though Epcot has been placed on the back burner as far as publicity. In the Walt Disney World commercials that I see on television only show the Magic Kingdom, which is definitely no longer on my choice of parks to go to. Epcot deserves some publicity as well and maybe have Disney promote education as well as entertainment. I hope Fitzgerald will find a way of promoting nonfiction story telling in Future World that will improve attendance and possibly bring in guests that would not usually attend a Disney Park.
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