Even mouse gears doesn’t have these beauties anymore.

Even mouse gears doesn’t have these beauties anymore.

i’m sure all you epcot geeks have already seen this on ebay, but good lord, is this not the find of the century.  unfortunately i do not have a couple thousand lying around.

EPCOT discussion forum:
futureprobe epcotcenter epcotexplorer
your post of the monorail ride in ‘89 was truly spectacular.
and whatever the debate is, we are all in agreement that something needs to be done with epcot.  it’s a shame, and it’s a joke.  let’s start with the obvious, where i feel everyone is in agreement:
-wonders of life just sits there, not operating (or at least open to the public).  do something with it!  the same with the odyssey: i don’t care if the foundation is not 100%, fix it!  future world could use another little quick service or even a little sit down place.  aside from the land and the electric umbrella, there ain’t nowhere to get a bite in future world.  i get it, you save the eating for world showcase, but the WS quality of food has dropped severely in the past 10 years, it couldn’t hurt.
-open the damn image works!  prime real estate to do something with, and it just sits there, housing leftover props from the old image works.  there is no excuse to have this abandoned!
now here are things that not everyone is in agreement, but speaking strictly as an EPCOT obsessed nerd:
-restore journey into imagination to its original glory.  i know there’s a lot of controversy around this topic, and it would cost a lot of money, but think about it: captain eo tribute was a success (nostalgia factor goes a long way), the ride’s concept and execution wasn’t dated (it holds up; it’s not wacky and zany and full of eric idle)
-kitchen kabaret revival: soarin’ is lame.  just a last ditch attempt to put butts in seats by incorporating a california adventure ride in florida.  kitchen kabaret is fun, family friendly, and timeless.  food rocks suffers from Dreamworks syndrome: let’s pack in as much “relevant at the time” humor” for the kiddies.  fuck that shit.
-listen to the land: bring back the narrator, the song and actually TRY to attempt to grow crops in outer space.  I want to see that rotating hydroponics drum spinning!
-symbiosis: boring, dry, dramatic.  10x better than that simba shit.
-living seas: let’s kick out nemo because that shit is pure childish.  there’s not much learning there, or fish for that matter at the seas with nemo.  seabase alpha knew how to educate us on sea exploration and marine biology.  and the preshow movie was so inspiring!
-universe of energy: ellen is a fine comedienne, but sometimes you need a dry, boring ride to truly illustrate the importance of energy and fossil fuels, and not just light-hearted and fun fare with bill nye.
-horizons: no brainer.  clearly the most beloved and most missed of all epcot rides.  sure, outdated and mission space is a “bigger” draw, kinda, it is still a fun ride and teaches us the wonders of our own imaginations when it comes to 21st century exploration.
-world of motion: it was an okay ride, test track is fun.  actually i can’t really fight too hard on this one, sorry :(
now things i understand are outdated and would make no sense to bring back:
-spaceship earth: update it, just take out the choose your own future whatever, lose judi dench, recycle walter cronkite’s narration, and reinstate tomorrow’s child
-communicore: just put a mockup of it in the old millenium village pavilion for a nostalgic look, but at least make innoventions more interesting than just habit heros and what to do in the flood or earthquake thing.  present more technology in innoventions, not just random crap to keep kids’ hands busy.

now i understand that this will never happen because disney doesn’t know what to do with their theme park.  money drives that corporation, so to take out the character meet n greets, the kim possible or fineas and ferb disney channel tie-ins are out of the question.  but we all want to see epcot restored to its former glory.  it’s what we grew up on, and it’s what we like.  and they had a good idea from the start, but somewhere along the way it got corrupted and now we have a joke of a theme park.  i’ll still go, however, i just can’t bring myself to enjoy the refurbed rides.  i’ll always have youtube, though.

EPCOT discussion forum:

futureprobe epcotcenter epcotexplorer

your post of the monorail ride in ‘89 was truly spectacular.

and whatever the debate is, we are all in agreement that something needs to be done with epcot.  it’s a shame, and it’s a joke.  let’s start with the obvious, where i feel everyone is in agreement:

-wonders of life just sits there, not operating (or at least open to the public).  do something with it!  the same with the odyssey: i don’t care if the foundation is not 100%, fix it!  future world could use another little quick service or even a little sit down place.  aside from the land and the electric umbrella, there ain’t nowhere to get a bite in future world.  i get it, you save the eating for world showcase, but the WS quality of food has dropped severely in the past 10 years, it couldn’t hurt.

-open the damn image works!  prime real estate to do something with, and it just sits there, housing leftover props from the old image works.  there is no excuse to have this abandoned!

now here are things that not everyone is in agreement, but speaking strictly as an EPCOT obsessed nerd:

-restore journey into imagination to its original glory.  i know there’s a lot of controversy around this topic, and it would cost a lot of money, but think about it: captain eo tribute was a success (nostalgia factor goes a long way), the ride’s concept and execution wasn’t dated (it holds up; it’s not wacky and zany and full of eric idle)

-kitchen kabaret revival: soarin’ is lame.  just a last ditch attempt to put butts in seats by incorporating a california adventure ride in florida.  kitchen kabaret is fun, family friendly, and timeless.  food rocks suffers from Dreamworks syndrome: let’s pack in as much “relevant at the time” humor” for the kiddies.  fuck that shit.

-listen to the land: bring back the narrator, the song and actually TRY to attempt to grow crops in outer space.  I want to see that rotating hydroponics drum spinning!

-symbiosis: boring, dry, dramatic.  10x better than that simba shit.

-living seas: let’s kick out nemo because that shit is pure childish.  there’s not much learning there, or fish for that matter at the seas with nemo.  seabase alpha knew how to educate us on sea exploration and marine biology.  and the preshow movie was so inspiring!

-universe of energy: ellen is a fine comedienne, but sometimes you need a dry, boring ride to truly illustrate the importance of energy and fossil fuels, and not just light-hearted and fun fare with bill nye.

-horizons: no brainer.  clearly the most beloved and most missed of all epcot rides.  sure, outdated and mission space is a “bigger” draw, kinda, it is still a fun ride and teaches us the wonders of our own imaginations when it comes to 21st century exploration.

-world of motion: it was an okay ride, test track is fun.  actually i can’t really fight too hard on this one, sorry :(

now things i understand are outdated and would make no sense to bring back:

-spaceship earth: update it, just take out the choose your own future whatever, lose judi dench, recycle walter cronkite’s narration, and reinstate tomorrow’s child

-communicore: just put a mockup of it in the old millenium village pavilion for a nostalgic look, but at least make innoventions more interesting than just habit heros and what to do in the flood or earthquake thing.  present more technology in innoventions, not just random crap to keep kids’ hands busy.

now i understand that this will never happen because disney doesn’t know what to do with their theme park.  money drives that corporation, so to take out the character meet n greets, the kim possible or fineas and ferb disney channel tie-ins are out of the question.  but we all want to see epcot restored to its former glory.  it’s what we grew up on, and it’s what we like.  and they had a good idea from the start, but somewhere along the way it got corrupted and now we have a joke of a theme park.  i’ll still go, however, i just can’t bring myself to enjoy the refurbed rides.  i’ll always have youtube, though.

Best birthday present ever. My girlfriend is the best!

Best birthday present ever. My girlfriend is the best!

Love your blog! Have you ever considered becoming a cast member?

thought about it, but that means i would have to move to florida (and living in florida isn’t the same as just visiting florida).  plus, i would want a cool job, where i could use my epcot knowledge wisely and get people to open up the upper part of the image works, not just working at the electric umbrella or counting people to get on living with the land.

the final video on the tour of EPCOT rides: the most amazing version of spaceship earth.  taped in 1993, just before the jeremy irons takeover, it will make you cry once more hearing tomorrow’s child

we welcome you to the living seas… this video has everything!  including a ride in the hydrolators…

Our next destination, the 21st Century.  I know the quality isn’t super spectacular, and that a dozen other people have posted better quality horizons videos, but it’s special because it was my dad’s “brilliant” camerawork…

I have never heard of this, yet, I must own it.  Apparently they came out with three video games under EPCOT Educational Media: Internal Journey uses an interactive format, color graphics, animation, and music to teact nutrition and the process of food digestion and conversion in humans. As energy scientists in Galactic Prospector, students conduct geological and meteorological tests and evaluate data to find available energy sources on a new planet. A simulated amusement park in Cosmic Carnival is the setting for students to learn about the energy costs and operating expenses of managing a business.  It all sounds so boring yet so cool.

the walt disney world information channel.  it’s what you do to pass the time after taking a swim at the caribbean beach but before you head back out to epcot to catch illuminations

Communicore East, 1988. 

Disney-MGM Studios (1990)… and the forgotten relics it once held.  Superstar Television, Monster Sound Show, and the Dick Tracy tie-in.

the theater II section of the original universe of energy.  thank you dad for capturing the last part, and skipping through half of the universe of energy finale song :(

listen to the land, but only the greenhouse section.  it was nice to have a guided tour instead of a recording who sounds an awful lot like the TTA guide…

journey into imagination, 1988, plus some image works shenanigans