Allergic to all seafood, (can't even touch it or have someone who's touched it touch me) so I'm afraid we'll be skipping the restaurant. Still, there are so many other places to see (and eat) at EPCOT, we can't wait. Hope you're enjoying yourself.
This Japan place didn't replace the "cooking in front of you", did it?
I did that one for the first time today, too, but didn't have as much to say about it. Basically, I like the homage to Horizon at the end, with picking between the undersea and outer space adventures. The "Photoshopping" your face into the presentation was a fun touch, too.
But the bulk of the ride seemed pretty much the same old Spaceship Earth to me. I thought that Packard garage was cute, but smiled at how they avoided mentioning Hewlett or Packard. (Didn't fork over the sponsor cash, eh?) Too bad, given that Walt was an early H-P customer.
Can't wait for your next report. I have never seen the Osborne Lights in person, but I saw a special about them the other day and they look amazing. I am sure you will have an incandescently swell time!
The old one ( and by the sounds of it this new one also ) paled into comparison with the thrilling and absorbing film over at the China exhibit. Now that one is jaw-droppingly good without being either "school-maamy" or,indeed, humorous.
I'm really looking forward to your review of the Osborne Lights. We were there in 2002 so it may have changed. But we thought it was a wonderfully Christmassy walk through. Just remember to remove your 3-D glasses when you leave. I didn't and it was like the 60s revisted for a while.
Truthfully, none of the pavilions represent the cultures accurately. You think that Americans still dress colonially and play in fife-and-drum bands, or that vikings scour the Norwegian shores and battle trolls, or that Germany only listens to oompah music? The pavilions are exaggerations of past (and some current) customs and, in my opinion, are very well done. The old Canadian film was bland, but the new one tried to be so hip that it was, even to me, confusing. I'm wondering if they had a Canadian director - there were so many components they missed and so many they didn't need.
I was hoping that they would lose the Circle Vision - everybody complains about standing - and replace it with a famous Canadian invention, the IMAX. Get the director who did Impressions de France - that was done perfectly, and you didn't even need Martin Short (though I do like him). I know there are other Canadian celebrities, too, who would loved to have given spiels on Canada.
Ah, well. It's still a great pavilion, and Epcot is still the best theme park out there, in my eyes.
I was working as a guest relations host in the mid-1980s when Disney once changed the film completely. Specifically, as I recall, the original Walt Disney Productions film was replaced by a film made by the National Film Board of Canada.
Ironically, after the film was changed, we received a handful of complaints at guest relations saying that the new film made Canadians seem dullwitted.
As my mother is from Vancouver -- and I have several Canadian relatives, I enjoy the movies picturesque scenes of the Old Grove forests, Victoria, BC's Inner Harbor, Vancouver and the Springs Hotel in Alberta.
Echoing Dierde, this builds the anticipation for our June trip. Keep up the good work and sharing about your trip! I really can't wait to read about DHS, I haven't been there in years and is the park I am looking forward to the most on this trip.
All in my girlfriend and i rated it so high that we are looking forward to a meal there again in May 2009
Please if you only go to one restaurant at Epcot, make it this one..