It was confirmed at the D23 Expo yesterday that a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will, in fact, be replacing Universe of Energy at EPCOT. This is the first time an EPCOT attraction will lose its theming entirely in favor of IP.
So, what do you think that means for the park as a whole? Is it a way to modernize the park? Or are they trading away their ideals for a cash-grabbing scheme?
This is a slippery slope. I'm not saying Universe of Energy is a great ride, or that it doesn't need to be updated, but it seems like a bad idea to create a pavilion with no link to the real world at all.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a great IP, and I'd love to see it in the park, but removing Energy isn't the way to do it. How long until other pavilions are changed, removing any trace of the real world in favor of money-making IP attractions?
EPCOT was designed as a foil to Magic Kingdom, which exists entirely in the world of fantasy. EPCOT stands firmly in our real world, looking at how we will live and work in the future, and how we live and work now around the world.
I'm not opposed to IP in EPCOT. The Seas with Nemo is pure genius, and I love the idea of a Ratatouille ride in the France pavilion. But, this is a sacrifice of what EPCOT is, losing its real world connection. And, I fear, if this is the way of EPCOT in the future, it will lose any trace of what the park was meant to be.
But hey, what do I know? Tell me what you think in the comments below!Tweet
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