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A new Innoventions experience is coming to Epcot

October 26, 2017, 9:31 AM · Epcot's Innoventions has become a bit of a ghost town in recent years, and some insiders have suggested that the complex will not survive the park's upcoming transformation. But Epcot's industry showcase isn't going away yet. Today, Walt Disney World announced that it will debut a new interactive guest experience in the facility next month.

In the SpectacuLAB, "guests will be invited to join a group of real scientists – and their tech-savvy intern – for a series of thrilling experiments that put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test," according to Disney's press release.

Murata Manufacturing will be the sponsor of the interactive exhibit, which is also being presented with assistance from Science from Scientists, which promotes STEM instruction in schools. SpectacuLAB will open sometime next month, though Disney has not yet revealed the specific date.

Disney has announced substantial changes to the park, including the transformation of the former Universe of Energy pavilion into a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and the addition of a Ratatouille dark ride to the France pavilion. The park also will be making additional aesthetic changes to the Future World section of the park over the next few years.

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October 26, 2017 at 9:58 AM · ARGH - sounds riveting...they need to take the tech-savvy interns to figure out a way to reduce crowd congestion at the Parks. Went to Animal Kingdom last month and what should be a pleasant walk thru the park, enjoying the sights, was nothing more than a roller derby of strollers and motorized wheelchairs. Been going to WDW since it opened in 1971 and it is quite simply no longer fun. No spontaneous enjoyment, all pre-planned experiences and just way too crowded. These kind of placeholders don't cut it anymore either. It used to be fun - Innoventions had some wonderful spots back in the day - but there's no more "leisure" time anymore. Very disappointing. I'm glad I had the experiences of the past. Can't imagine going to WDW for the first time now and having to deal with the mess it's become. Sad.
October 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM · That just doesn't sound at all like mythbusters...
October 26, 2017 at 2:58 PM · Just close it already. It’s sad. Even the hurried temp character experience in the other side of innoventioms was an improvement...
October 26, 2017 at 10:58 PM · this is so exciting! i was so dissapointed in innovations and honestly most of the none world showcase part of epcot last i went.
November 1, 2017 at 11:27 AM · As much as the scientist in me wants to see Innoventions work, it's just no a viable theme park attraction anymore. People don't want to pay upwards of $100 to be lectured to while on vacation, and while many of the Innoventions exhibits over the years have been engaging and informative, they really don't have a place in a theme park. Companies, increasingly beholden to shareholders and analysts, cannot spare costs to create entertainment space in EPCOT at the risk of potentially damaging their brand name outside their target audience (many tech firms don't need the average Joe to know who they are or what they do). In a perfect world, Innoventions could be it's own gate, but in the world we live in today, guests are paying to be entertained, not marketed to, and the concept of Innoventions is no longer sustainable.

Unfortunately, this announcement means that Innoventions will hang on for at least another year to fulfill the terms of this new installation, but at some point Disney must come to the realization that the concept needs to be retired and replaced with a real attraction.

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