Epcot News and Photos

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Epcot, Walt Disney World

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Published on June 25, 2014 at 6:50 am with 23 Comments

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Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  1. Epcot is looking great! Nothing new right now – but it appears like all is good.

  2. The Innoventons (Communicore) paint job is, ahem, “interesting”, to say the least.

    • When they first started painting we thought it was a color test. But it was really the new theme. I don’t hate it, but it’s a bit odd looking. Though, I do like the colors and it might grow on me.

      What I’d REALLY like to see them do it plant a ton of trees throughout Future World (add planters everywhere). It’s too darn hot with all that concrete.

  3. While I’ve never been to WDW, it’s nice to read your column and see all the little nuances that I would only be able to normally appreciate by being there.

    Thanks Cory!

  4. I’m glad to see that so much of EPCOT looks great, especially in World Showcase. Now if they could just do a few things in Future World…

  5. CORY –
    Great article! A question and a couple of comments:

    Question about the weather:
    We will be there (coming from Orange County, CA) July 1 to July 7. Of course I have weather Apps, etc. to keep updated, but I’d like to get your take on the afternoon rains, humidity, etc. Last time we were there was end of July in 2005 and basically when it poured we just walked around in it with little covering because it actually felt good. Basically bringing shorts, Hawaiian shirts, and Crocs! Your thoughts?

    Comment:
    I was first at Epcot literally the night before it opened (a soft opening) and was there the day it opened and have been back about 7 times. World Showcase still looks beautiful, but do wish they kept up on the promise to add countries and attractions. 32 years later and those countries need a huge refresh – but nice to see they are kept up.
    Futureworld of course suffers from that early “1980’s” architecture and what once cutting edge just can’t keep up anymore. Technology updates every day now, making it very hard for an area such as this to remain relevant anymore. Still, I look forward to seeing Epcot again.

    • “Futureworld of course suffers from that early “1980’s” architecture”

      i would posit that the 80s futurist brutalism is gorgeous and should be preserved…and that the look of EPCOT center went sour when they started augmenting everything with 90s tacky. now it’s a mishmash of styles that doesn’t hold to any cohesive aesthetic.

      • That’s true – but I’m not talking about “Spaceship Earth”, but rather those rounded-corner, thick fascia Communicore buildings – and yes those horrible obstacle-course monuments up front. Like “Tomorrowland” , FutureWorld suffers from trying to catch up to the “now”. let alone the future.
        When it opened in 1982, it was showcasing tech that was futuristic and actually working and useful. Touch-screen kiosks, guide-by-wire ride vehicles, aqua-culture (ie: farm raised seafood!), advanced AA figures and so on. But not so much anymore. 1982 Universe of Energy for example: A solar panel roof!! WOW! 2014 Universe of Energy? a solar panel roof….ok, yeah, still fossil fuel show inside… but nice try. (and no, I’m not an anti-oil guy! – just saying)
        It’s a hard problem to deal with certainly when trying to keep ahead of future tech, especially when the real-world does this every couple of months.

      • Agree. The 90′s kitsch ruined it.

  6. The beautiful icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth. The tombs that surround it, however, are ugly and need to be removed. I know that I am not the first to say so, but just removing those ugly things would be a big upgrade to the entrance. I am sure that those people have had their 15 minutes of fame by now.

    • ^ ^ I agree, JCF. They should be moved, and Disney should get rid of tarps and most other things besides that block the bottom of Spaceship Earth. Domes are common–18 (?)-story balls [insert your own joke] are not, and when the bottom is obstructed guest can’t take in this ultimate celebration of circles.

  7. Great update Cory! World Showcase looks great as usual. Future World? Really needs a refresh besides a new paint scheme. Maybe a Marvel theme like Iron Man’s Stark Expo with some new attractions to replace Universe of Energy or the Wonders of Life pavilion.

    • No Marvel will happen at the Florida Disney parks. Universal owns the rights on that (Marvel Island at IOA) east of the Mississippi. Disney could be a big stinker and make Universal stop,but in the grand scheme of things that would really make them look bad and like a bully, so they probably never will.

  8. Can’t say that I’m a fan of the paint job. In my opinion it’s a bit symptomatic of the general loss of cohesive theme in Future World… disorderly chaos with no overriding direction. Epcot used to be my favorite park, but really needs a fresh new vision and a plan to systematically bring it back to greatness.

  9. If nothing else, the one thing I hope they do is fix that queue in Maelstrom. Easily one of the worst queues in WDW.

    Can’t wait to head down there in a few months…

  10. I like the new Communicore paint scheme. It helps break down the monolithic 1980′s modernist building that it is for something warmer and more hospitable. I think it compliments the intense green landscape of Florida and the surrounding flowers as well. I can see why they went this route.

  11. I think it’s clear what’s happening at Spice Road: The average WDW guest does not “do” Moroccan food. As it was, Marrakesh was always the easiest Epcot restaurant to get into and what do they do? Add another one. Beyond foolish. Now, personally, since I love this food, I’m thrilled to see how empty it is but of course, that can’t last. They will need to retheme and retool the menu, dumbing it down to more American tastes if it is to survive. Otherwise, we’re looking at another Odyssey.

  12. God this makes me homesick.

  13. “Odyssey” is now open? Is it just a TV lounge, or what? I’ve never seen that building open for anything.

  14. Crunchie bars!
    Wait, how much does Disney World charge for those?

  15. We ate at Spice Road Table last month…there was no one there. We are adventurous foodies, so the menu did not scare us…What was more of a problem was the absolutely tiny portions… Even for Tapas. Add a few plates and drinks and it was well over $60.00 for a quick snack. I think the prices need to come down and the menu needs a little retooling.. but I loved the dining room…the food was good….but for the price we would probably just do the Tangerine Cafe next door.