I just revisited WDW for the first time in probably 16 years. I believe the last time I was there I was 12. At that point in time, Epcot was by far my most favorite park. I remember just being in awe of all the amazing futuristic stuff. So needless to say I was very excited about visiting Epcot this time around. Especially with the new Test Track because I'd heard nothing but great things.
Well, I was extremely disapointed with Epcot. First, Test Track was closed for a month or so when I got there. I was very upset at this because I had even mentioned how excited I was about seeing Test Track to the lady on the phone when I ordered my tickets and hotel stay and no one ever mentioned it wouldn't be working. I probably would have rearranged my travel times to coordinate with it opening had I known this.
Secondly, the whole futureland concept is so incredibly dated. It literally looked like many of the things they had before as future exhibits hadn't changed in the 16 years since I'd visited. Sure Horizons was gone and I missed that, but it just felt so old.
Spaceship Earth and the Energy ride so need to be redone. (I'm very glad to read the thread saying that Ellen and Bill's days may be numbered at the park.) The Spaceship Earth building has to stay but it needs to be one of the greatest rides at the park, not something dated like it is now. Honey I shrunk the Audience and the imagination ride with figment were just aweful for today's day and age. And the living seas pavilion needs something aside from the crush talk (which I didn't have time to see to make it worth even heading over there.)
Now, I did thoroughly enjoy Soarin, but with Test Track being down and me not even being willing to touch Mission Space with the hundreds of huge signs warning of motion sickness, the park just seemed not worth the admission. (another question, what is Mission Space truly like. I get motion sickness on Star Tours so would this ride kill me? What does it do?)
Now, the world showcase was still as good as it ever was. I love the Norway ride and section, but the Mexico ride needs something different to it. I also think it was a mistake to put the only two rides in that section of the park right next to each other.
Anyhow, enough of my ranting. Aside from not being told that Test Track was down for a long time (Which I'm still very upset about and probably should have complained to someone although it wouldn't have done any good), I still had a good time, but it just strikes me that the future land portion of Epcot needs a revitalization even more than Tomorrow land at Magic Kingdom.
Are there any credible rumors about any renovations to what used to be my favorite park. I'd love to see it get the treatment it deserves to regain that luster it had as a kid for me.