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Ellen's Energy Adventure

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 6 out of 10

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Known for its massive animatronic dinosaurs, this pavilion features a unique moving theater, which carries 80 people in each of six vehicles that glide through the pavilion, guided by a thin wire underneath the pavilion floor. Originally sponsored by Exxon, the pavilion closed temporarily in March 1989 to remove a preshow film reference to the Exxon Valdez tanker after its Alaskan oil spill. In 1996, Disney revamped the attraction, renaming it Ellen’s Energy Crisis, and later, Ellen’s Energy Adventure. You’ll join Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy as they travel through time to explore the past, present, and future of energy. After a preshow that sets up Ellen’s “dream,” you’ll enter the theater to travel back in time to face life-sized dinosaur animatronics, as you learn exactly where all those fossil fuels came from, anyway.


Probably one of the most dated rides at Disney, Ellen's Energy Adventure is still a nice attraction. It's for sure a flashy, big attraction but a good one when you run into it. It's a whooping 45 minutes long taking you think a Jeopardy set with Ellen DeGeneres. The actors playing them are dated, but the narration is still pretty good and makes it feel fresh still. The dinosaurs also don't look that bad and are worth seeing. The biggest flop however is the technology for this. Look at rides like Pooh's Hunny Hunt, Mystic Manor, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Battle Of The Sunken Treasure and then look back at this, there's a difference. This still has a 70's old feel tech to it, really this ride just needs a big upgrade. 6/10
As far as I know, this is the longest theme park ride ever built. Due to the attraction being near continuous, it's longer then the line to see it. Great attraction when the pods come out, less so when seeing film from 20 years ago for 90% of the attraction. Still a good ride, if only for the dinos.
I loved this this... about 20 years ago. Being based off of an ongoing film clip, it seems like an easy fix to update it. I enjoy the 45 minutes of air conditioning, but it's hard to overlook 90s Ellen. Things have changed and this needs an overhaul. The dinosaurs are cool and deserve a place in Epcot, so why not go from there? They could do so much more with this ride!
If you need a place to kick back your feet and cool off for forty-five minutes, this is a great attraction to visit. It's not the most amazing ride, and it could use updating or complete replacement, it's fine for what it is and what it aims to do.
The pathetic part here is that Disney has a super high tech trackless ride technology they use for Winnie the Pooh in Tokyo and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, but they've left this ride with 70's-era tech -- and about 70s-level excitement as a result. The script is dated and not funny and NO ride should be 45 minutes long. And the film content is just embarrassing, referencing oil rigs after the BP disaster and selling fossil fuel for a (no longer present) oil company sponsor. Skip it!
Not the flashiest attraction, but Ellen and Bill Nye keep it moving! Personally, I would like to see an updated video, but keep the characters!
Worth it for the length alone. At 45 minutes long, this is a great break from the heat with the always fun Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye. 8/10

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