In a previous column, I took a general look at the EPCOT Center 25th Anniversary Gallery and Museum. For this column, I have several images that focus on the Future World East side (Horizons, World of Motion, Universe of Energy but not the Wonders of Life). Special thanks to Brian Martsolf (of Mousin’ It Up and Walt Disney World: a History in Postcards) for the use of his photos.
Let’s start our tour with a look at the EPCOT Center cast costume display.
EPCOT CAST COSTUMES
The costumes the Epcot Cast Members wear help them establish the character of the role they are playing in the show and help guests to understand a part of the story being told. This can be a polyester jumpsuit for a guide on a flight into the future or a recreation of a traditional outfit worn for centuries in a far off land.
Spaceship Earth: From a Distant Yesterday to the Dawn of Tomorrow
Communicore: Touch the Future, Tomorrow’s Ideas and Technologies
The Communicore Pavilions never belonged to Future World East or West, but were often the major showcase area for the sponsors of the pavilions. This was the day before every attraction had a gift shop at the exit.
The aim of CommuniCore is to answer at least art of the question: “hoe can I cope with the challenges of preparing for, participating in, and shaping the future?” To try to get these answers, we can spend as much or as little time in CommuniCore as we wish.
At CommuniCore you can have a close encounter with tomorrow by trying out innovations that may someday become a part of your daily life. Exhibits include Computer Central, Future Com, Energy Exchange, Travel Port, and the electronic Forum with its Future Choice Theater.
There were also Figment’s Fun Facts scattered throughout the display.
Figment’s Fun Facts: The Communicore buildings were two stories high so that a PeopleMover ride system could be used to preview the attractions inside.
Horizons: Lifestyles in the 21st Century
HORIZONS (Closed in 1999)
opening October 1st 1983 and housed in a building shaped like a truncated pyramid, the Horizons show is a 38-scene, ride-through attraction that takes us on a speculative journey into the future, through many wondrous worlds of tomorrow including Brava Centauri; a space colony, Mesa Verde; a desert farming community, and Sea Castle; a floating city.
The presentation includes 54 Audio-Animatronics figures, 2 Omnisphere motion picture systems and a variety of special effects to show us some of the unusual living environments made possible by advanced technology.
Figment’s Fun Facts: Before Mission: Space you could experience future travel at Horizons.
World of Motion: It’s Fun to Be Free
WORLD OF MOTION (Closed in 1995)
In a 65 foot tall wheel shaped, aluminum clad structure is housed the World of Motion featuring a 22-scene ride through a multimedia presentation including dimensional sets, Audio-Animatronic figures, special effects, and the extensive use of both live-action and animated film.
The show is a lighthearted combination of fact and fantasy that traces the development of transportation from man’s first form of mobility, foot power, up to the present and possible future methods.
Figment’s Fun Facts: The World of Motion building is shaped like a 320foot giant wheel. It is now the home of Test Track.
Universe of Energy: Ride of Sunshine Back to the Age of the Dinosaurs
UNIVERSE OF ENERGY
Universe of Energy showcases humankind’s commitment to the understanding and use of our Earth’s natural resources. The dynamic wedge-shaped building supports a roof that houses a blanket of 80,000 solar photovoltaic cells that convert the energy of the sun into electrical current to power the ride vehicles.
Inside the attraction, some of the the most complex film systems ever developed, dazzling special effects, and large-scale Audio-Animatronics figures are use to showcase every aspect of the Universe of Energy, from the raw forces that power the world to the challenge of developing alternative sources to meet future needs.
Figment’s Fun Facts: In the Universe of Energy dinosaur ride scene, you ride through 275 million years of time in 5 minutes.
Did you get a chance to visit the Epcot Center 25th Anniversary Gallery and Museum?
Which part of the small exhibit was your favorite?
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Tickets are now on sale for the
COMMUNICORE WEEKLY 38TH WEEKAVERSARY
EPCOT 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Come celebrate EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary in style with a live taping of MiceChat’s Communicore Weekly! Join co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat’s Dusty Sage, Kevin Yee, and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, for a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.
Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2912 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT’s World Showcase for this one of a kind event!
Your ticket includes:
- Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)!
- Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder!
- Decadent dessert reception!
- Short scavenger hunt hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate (prizes will be awarded)!
- Prizes, giveaways and more!
- The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history!
- Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break!
- Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening (with an incredible surprise)!
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