Back in 1966, Walt Disney, speaking about Epcot said, “It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the future…”
After reading this in the book Walt Disney’s Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow, I started thinking about how Epcot is today. Is the Epcot of today what Walt expected it to be? Is it really a living blueprint of the future.
The answer: NO!
The stagnation of Epcot at this point is a little depressing. Let’s look at each pavilion and analyze this a bit further.
Wonders of Life: Wonders of Life is no longer a pavilion. It is now an event center. With all the new innovations in the medical world, you can’t tell me that there aren’t a million and one things that could fill this pavilion to the brim.
Universe of Energy: The Energy pavilion has housed the same attraction for decades now. Alex Trebek had a mustache for pete’s sake! The sources and solutions to energy issue are abundant, so let’s get an update in here please.
Mission: Space: While this is a very cool attraction, it is only cool if you don’t feel like you are going to keel over when it ends. There have got to be better ways to explore the mystery that is space.
Test Track: The update to Test Track is not yet a year old, but I still find myself asking if the update was worth it. Besides adding a lot of blue lighting and taking away the German blocks, how different is the attraction?
The Seas with Nemo and Friends: While this pavilion has its limitations because of the tanks involved, my question here is how does it meet the living blueprint of the future? We know that very little of the sea has been explored. How about some information on ways that we are currently exploring it?
The Land Pavilion: In my opinion, the Land is a little bit farther ahead than most of the pavilions. Living with the Land shows unique ways of growing and harvesting plants and animals for food. My only problem here is that attraction has been the same for a very long time. I don’t think an update is out of the question here.
The Imagination Pavilion: Implode it. You all know my feelings here. Use your imagination and think of all the cool things that could go here. How about using Google Glass to explore the world around you. There is all sorts of technology that helps accomplish things that many never thought were possible.
Spaceship Earth: This attraction, while not a pavilion, could use another update. Technology is ever-evolving, and honestly, there is no reason why it shouldn’t keep up. They have tons of time in that attraction (all the way down).
What are your thoughts on Walt’s vision compared to what the park is now? Feel free to leave your comments below.