Magical Blogorail: Discover Future World – Universe of Energy

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look at the fun you can find in Future World at Epcot.


UNIVERSE OF ENERGY

Ellen. The Science Guy. A Game Show. Dinosaurs. And Air-conditioning. How could you not like this attraction?

Unlike many of the rides in Future World this one has a very large capacity which means you will experience one of the shortest wait times in Disney theme park history. So if you see a low wait time on the board for this attraction, please don’t think it’s because it isn’t good!

         

And it’s in a pretty building

The pavilion is located in the eastern half of Future World at Epcot. It contains just the one attraction, its second since its 1982 opening. The current attraction, entitled Ellen’s Energy Adventure, stars Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye. It features a combination of four separate large-format film presentations and a slow-moving dark ride.

You begin by standing in an outer theater while you watch Ellen in an eight-minute film in which she falls asleep and dreams that she is in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival Judy Peterson (portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis) and Albert Einstein. After round one, Ellen is losing badly. Enter Bill Nye to save the day with science information! Next you enter the main show area and take a seat in large ride vehicles. Another screen is used to show a four-minute film which sets Ellen up for the adventure about energy. She is taken back into the distance past. Then you are on the move into a dinosaur diorama:

Next is a 12-minute film giving an in-depth look at various current and future energy resources across the United States. Last is a final two-minute film presenting the end of Ellen’s dream in which she uses her new knowledge about energy in Round 2 to unseat Judy as Jeopardy! champion.

This is also one of the longest rides in Future World so sit back and relax and rest your tired feet in air-conditioned comfort! Some find the content a bit dated but the information is still relevant today.

When you exit, be sure to check out the views:

        

Sometimes the oldest attractions can be the best, and while this energy adventure may not necessarily be the best, it certainly is worth the time! Did I mention it’s air-conditioned?

For more about Future World, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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Mission Space

49 Days: Mission SPACE

Mission Space

Mission: SPACE, with the SpaceX Rocket launch climbing over the pavilion. Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day49 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  We’ve seen some of everything so far, and today we are taking a look at Mission: Space – the pavilion in Future World that is also home to the attraction that simulates your launch into space!  The picture above is courtesy our friends at Disney Parks, and the red line you see is the actual trail of the SpaceX Rocket that launched to go to the International Space Station in 2012.  The photographer, Matt Stroshane, did an incredible job capturing the real life launch with the attraction, didn’t he?

I’ll be honest with you — I’ve never ridden Mission SPACE.  I think it comes down to me being a chicken, in the end.  I don’t like a ride that has a barf bag on board (sorry for the crassness of my statement) and I’ve also heard of people having medical difficulties during or after riding, so I thought to myself, it’s not worth it.  However, my good friend Neal took his daughter River on it, and they had a great time!  River was very into making sure that everyone did the job they were supposed to do so there wouldn’t be any problems getting to space, and Neal, even though he can’t ride roller coasters because of his back, did ride this and had no side affects whatsoever.  So, I guess since a six year old is tough enough to try it, I might try it too…

But enough about me — what about you?  Do you and your family like Mission SPACE, or do you skip it in your pursuit for something else?  Let me know in the comments, and thank you for stopping by today!

Under-Appreciated Attractions

62 Days: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends – #Day62 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day62 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This day we are taking a look at one of the pavilions of Epcot — The Seas with Nemo and Friends!  This pavilion is, like many of the Future World pavilions, named after the ride that it contains, but it has much more to it than just a ride.

The ride is fun, although my camera shots aren’t really that good — so I don’t have any to share, really.  I’m working on that for next trip.  But I do like some of the things I’ve been able to see and photograph of the aquarium, even though they are kind of blurry too, so I hope I’m not turning you off of this pavilion.  It really is a lot of fun in my opinion, and has a lot going for it.

Nemo and Friends

Bruce!

For starters, watch out for Bruce!

Nemo and Friends

Watch out for Bruce! Fish are friends, but what about humans?

Nemo and Friends

One of the residents in the huge aquarium inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion.

Nemo and Friends

Another shot of the Aquarium.

Of course, in addition to all of this, the Coral Reef Restaurant is the table service restaurant at this pavilion.  I’ve heard mixed results about it, so we haven’t eaten there before.  Have you eaten there?  If so, what did you think of it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

 

 

Epcot Future World – An Overview

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by!  Today we are taking a general overview of the different pavilions in the Epcot Future World area.  The different pavilions for Future World are the following:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Innoventions East
  • Innoventions West
  • Universe of Energy
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • The Land
  • Imagination!
  • Wonders of Life/Festival Center (seasonal)

I’ve already learned something new today — it turns out that Epcot has slowly gone to the concept of naming the pavilion after the major attraction that is housed there, and as a result, I never new that Spaceship Earth was concidered a pavilion.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, of course, is represented by the huge geodesic dome that houses the Spaceship Earth attraction.  I’ll go into more detail about what else you can experience at the pavilion!

Innoventions East and West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of two pavilions where you can experience some incredible hands on exhibits with a great assortment of fun for everyone!

Universe of Energy

Learn more about energy with Ellen’s Energy Adventures.

Mission: SPACE

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Are you an orange line or green line rider?

Test Track

Part of Test Track

Part of Test Track

Design your own vehicle and take it out on the road!

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Learn more about the seas!

The Land

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

See the pavilion that houses great food, great educational rides, and Soarin’!

Imagination!

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

Come see where your imagination can take you!

Wonders of Life/Festival Center

This area is primarily reserved for special events such as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Stay tuned as we take an in-depth tour of each of these pavilions and give you all the details you need to decide for yourself if it’s a pavilion that you need to explore on your next trip to Epcot!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Get ready for Epcot Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Hello everyone!  As you may know, here at My Dreams of Disney we have a collection of Disney Planning Resources that we are proud of sharing with you. However, it is sad that we have many areas of Walt Disney World that we need to cover in more depth!  Starting this week, we are going to start filling in those gaps of information so that you, our readers, will be able to have much more information at your disposal to help you plan your Disney vacations better!  So, priority number one for us is going to focus on Epcot Future World!

Look for a series of posts about the various fun activities that you can find and enjoy in Future World, and thanks for stopping by!  We have a rough schedule, here is where I’m headed with this:

  1. An overview of all of the Future World pavilions in a general post.
  2. Breakdowns of each Future World pavilion in greater detail.
  3. Selected posts on the favorite attractions and restaurants of each pavilion, if applicable.
  4. A series of rankings:
    1. Favorite Pavilion
    2. Favorite Attractions
    3. Favorite Restaurants

I hope that this information gives you some excitement over our mini-project!  At the very least, it gives me a to-do list to work off of!  Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to comment below on what your favorite Future World things are!