JOE INSIDER - What You've Been Missing / Epcot

A new photo eassy series pointing out interesting tidbits from Florida theme parks. The premier article features places and things of interest around Epcot.

Written by Joe Lane
Published: August 10, 2004 at 5:50 PM

JOE INSIDER – What You've Been Missing / Epcot
Insider Photo Essay

This week's article marks the introduction of a new idea for JOE INSIDER: What You've Been Missing--photo essays from Florida-area theme parks looking at obvious--and not so obvious--details and what not. To test the waters, I decided to make a run to Epcot and snap some general photos in Future World and World Showcase.

Ice Station Cool

This is a shot of Ice Station Cool, a Coca-Cola sponsored area in the old Communicore West area, just next to the large fountain. If you've never taken the time to visit it before, you should on your next trip. After a brief walk through a somewhat boring 'ice cave' (which includes a man frozen in ice... reaching for, of all things, a bottle of coke), you'll exit into a gift area which sells Coca-Cola memorabilia, but that's not all. There are a number of soda fountains nearby which offer free samples of coke products from around the world. A lemon-lime beverage from Israel is my favorite, but drink the Italian Beverly soda at your own risk--many agree it is the worst tasting of the bunch.

Dean Finder?

A ride on Journey Into the Imagination (the revamped version featuring Figment in the Imagination Institute setting) revealed this door just after the ride's introduction. It's the one and only nod to the forever lost Dreamfinder from the original Journey Into Imagination.

Disney Recycles EVERYTHING

Speaking of which, here's a shot in Mouse Gear, the store that dominates half of the old Communicore East. See that goofy looking contraption on the wall? It's one of Dreamfinder's old Dream Catching Machines. The large balloon that carried it is, of course, removed, and the plaid design of the idea bag has been changed into a blocky purplish box.

Mission: Space Nondescript Fuse Boxes

These fuse boxes and pipes can be found on the Cargo Bay (read Gift Shop) wall in the Mission: Space pavilion. There are two hidden Mickey's here--one in the top right corner--which, admittedly, is difficult to make out because the wall does curve, making the angle of the photo appear odd... now where's that second one?

Solar-Powered Bench

This bench sits just outside Innoventions East, facing Test Track and Mission: Space. Three fans are mounted above the seats, along with lights, and both systems are solar-powered... purportedly. Unfortunately, the fans are nowhere near strong enough to combat the Florida heat.

Moroccan Tower of Terror

Here's something interesting--this shot of Morocco, taken from the Future World side of World Showcase Lagoon, shows a third building in the country's skyline: The Tower of Terror over at Disney-MGM Studios. However, despite the difference between Morocco and Hollywood, the architecture of the Tower blends with the Moroccan style, and this faux pas of Disney theming is avoided. Also note the tented structure in the middle--rehab in the works on a Morocco structure.

Giant Swans Invade France

Unfortunately, there's little that can be done about the Swan and Dolphin resorts. Here, the giant swans dwarf the faux Eiffel Tower. It's not necessarily a horrendous sight, but it breaks a basic rule of good show. The hotels have stood in their place for quite a while now, so there's little that can be done to move them.

Soarin' Over Canada

What in the world is THAT?! Why, it's the new Soarin' building, going up right behind Canada, eh? Painted a lovely shade of blue as to blend in with the Florida sky--you can't see it, can you? I was with Robert earlier last month when he saw it for the first time and nearly had a heart attack. Rumors have been circulating that the mountains behind Canada might be sculpted higher in size to hide the structure, but it's still just rumor.

That's all for now, folks. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or send any feedback--or if there's a particular photo you'd like to see, let me know--and remember to keep on ridin'.

Readers' Opinions

From Dave Bradley on August 10, 2004 at 8:51 PM
I will be in Epcot Aug 22, and I will be PHOTO takin' you can bet.. I was just there a month ago, and Morroco was not covered, and that Blue bld. in Canada.... I dont remember seeing it either.. I am either to use to the surroundings, or I just dont pay attention.. :(

Also, last ride through figment, I didnt see the Chevrolet S-10 on the ceiling in the upside down part... was this just my "Imagination" ??? I will definatly know in a couple weekends.. :)

From Paul Jeffs on August 11, 2004 at 4:53 AM
Great idea for a feature.

I've always felt that many of us miss out on the hard work and detail that's gone into a lot of parks as we rush for the next ride.

From Michael Patalano on August 11, 2004 at 11:50 AM
I think a lot of people are making too much of a deal out of Soarin'. First of all, the only spots you can even see it are between the Germany and America Pavillions. Second, in my opinion, it isn't any more of an obstruction than Imagination. Everyone chops the picture off at Canada, but to see the whole picture, go to
From Christian Nicely on August 11, 2004 at 4:59 PM
I love the figment attraction.
I always go get China & I think Germany. I wish that I could get passes for when Soarin goes up (I'm gettin passes for Universal Next Year). Epcot is my families favorite park.
From Joe Lane on August 11, 2004 at 5:04 PM
You miss the point there, Mike, comparing Imagination to the Soarin' building. The Soarin' structure is directly behind one of Canada's mountains, interfereing with the skyline of the country, but the Imagination pavilion is further off to the side, and really doesn't compete with Canada at all.

It is a good shot, however, to show just how far the Soarin' building is situated from the actual Land pavilion, just behind the glass pyramids.

From Chuck Campbell on August 12, 2004 at 7:41 PM
Ah, yes--Beverly. For those who like the smooth taste of Aqua Velva with their meals . . .

From steve lee on September 5, 2004 at 6:43 PM
Joe - where exactly did you get that TOT over Morocco shot? Somehow I've never managed to get that good an angle of it.

From Anthony Murphy on October 2, 2004 at 12:29 PM
Very good! Take more pictures of these intersting shots! I'd love to see some of these intersting pictures.

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