Erasing Wonders of Life, 2014 Edition

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Published on January 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm with 12 Comments

Although Wonders of Life at Epcot closed forever on New Years Day 2007—over seven years ago—the golden domed pavilion has had a new life since then as the Festival Center. Yesterland looks at how the facility has changed over the years.
 

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  1. Love these articles. This one is certainly bittersweet, but they’ve clearly made the space look more attractive. I bet that, since Body Wars and Cranium Command’s “Show buildings” would be located beyond the diameter of the dome, that they’re still largely intact. Perhaps a cast member will chime in.

  2. I was wondering if anything had become of those simulators in there also.

    • I have no confirmation of this, but I heard a rumor that the Body Wars simulators are used as spare parts for the Star Tours simulators.

    • The Body Wars simulators have been removed and are being sent to Hong Kong Disneyland for their upcoming Iron Man attraction in Tomorrowland

  3. I love these articles! That said, it is sad that it is just okay for attractions that an every day guest can use to be gone. EPCOT was meant to always be in development…yet it has sat “almost” still for years now. When was the last time an actual NEW attraction was placed into Epcot? (Aside from a Meet and Greet) ***Food for thought! :)

  4. The original Wonders of Life title arch (not pictured in the article and subsequently moved to the Magic Kingdom parking toll plaza) helped draw attention to the pavilion. I can’t help but think that if it had remained, more people would have visited and the attractions would have been more popular. It might have stayed open longer. The sponsorship excuse as to why the pavilion closed doesn’t hold water (Energy, Seas, Imagination); still, I miss the old, corporate Epcot.

    Also, it’s odd they chose not to light the rim of the dome like they did during the Wonders of Life years.

  5. Love your articles, Werner!
    Mark

  6. The “best” part of Body Wars was Elizabeth Shue. :-)

  7. It’s nice to see that they are maintaining and utilizing the space rather than letting it fall into decline. I have to admit that the “festive” 1980′s shopping mall decor might have been exciting for it’s time but certainly didn’t age well.

    No mention of the cool huge mobile that hung inside the dome — is it still there?

  8. In our community there have been several shopping malls that were built in the 70’s or 80’s. When they were built they were the latest and greatest thing around. But within 20-30 years many of them died out. At the end of their life there were reduced to glorified flea markets; all the corporate retailers had pulled out alone with all of their flashy facades and decorations, all that was left were dingy grey or bege walls.

    When I look inside the WOL pavilion I’m reminded of those dying shopping malls. To be honest I get the same feeling inside of the Land pavilion and inside of Journey into Imagination pavilion.

    Fortunately for our community many of those old shopping malls have been bulldozed and redeveloped. At what point will the something happen with the old EPCOT pavilions?

  9. I’m loving the new Cranium Command area, but Body Wars looks like it still needs a TON of work.

  10. I’m loving the new Cranium Command area, but the body wars area still needs a LOT of work, and the sensory funhouse needs better organizing. I’m so surprised about all the color changes of Making of Me, I’m guessing they changed there mind on what the new color should be.