My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Entrance, Spaceship Earth, and Innoventions photographed in February 2008 and January 2010:
I have artificially subdivided the 8 pavilions of Future World at EPCOT into three threads because this land is too large to cover thoroughly with one and eight separate threads would be too many. This thread focuses on the two adjacent pavilions in the center of the land. EPCOT is divided into two lands, Future World and World Showcase, the former being a collection of 8 pavilions that each focus on one aspect of the future. They are each housed in a large modern building (or two) with at least one major attraction (several are almost entirely one attraction); in addition, some of them feature activity galleries or a shop or restaurant. They form a roughly circular symmetric layout centered on two of the pavilions.
Just outside the entrance gates is the park's monorail stop for a route that connects to the Ticket and Transportation Center several miles away. The station is designed in the same restrained modern style as the entrance gates and plaza nearby.
ENTRY PLAZA CANOPY:
This is a typical modern detail of the entry area.
The icon of the park is this large geodesic globe-like structure that houses one of the eight pavilions. It is the first one encountered after the entry plaza and is on axis with the entry and the Innoventions pavilion buildings beyond.
Ride Loading Area:
After entering the building at the base of the sphere, guests immediately board a slow ride composed of a continuous string of ride vehicles that each feature video screens in front of each pair of seats. The vehicles gently spiral up into the sphere to view an excellent series of three-dimensional show scenes that trace the history of technology before returning on a steeper route back down to the unloading station while an interactive program is played on the vehicle video screens.
Ride Unloading Area:
The other part of the pavilion is an interactive gallery at the exit of the ride that features an excellent sleek futuristic style.
The two symmetric curving buildings of the next pavilion form the true geographic center of Future World, on axis with Spaceship Earth. This pavilion serves as the largest interactive gallery space with areas in each building devoted to several exhibits that are changed occasionally. It also serves as the largest guest services area in this land, with shops and restaurants. Between the buildings is a large plaza with a terraced spouting fountain and several attractive shade canopies.
The building on the East side is composed of a gallery space that features several exhibits including Sum Of All Thrills, an innovative short ride on a robotic arm pre-programmed by the riders. It also has Electric Umbrella, an indoor counter service restaurant with a canopied outdoor dining area facing the plaza, and Mousegear, the largest Disney souvenir shop in the park that is nicely themed with a futuristic factory motif.
The building on the West side is composed of a gallery space that features several exhibits including Smarter Planet and Segway Central. It also has an ice cream shop called Fountain View that faces the plaza, and Club Cool for tasting and buying corporate sponsor soda products.