Fortunately, it looks like something is finally happening. In fact, Guests visiting the park in the next few months will find a new Frozen-themed attraction, a new Soarin' movie, new entertainment, new character greeting areas, and more.
This evening we will focus solely on Future World. Take a look around this area of the park with us:
Let's begin by taking a look inside Innoventions East:
Habit Heroes officially closed a few weeks ago due to the end of Florida Blue's sponsorship:
The House of Tomorrow is still sitting there, untouched:
Innoventions West has now become an extension of the Epcot Character Spot. Joy and Sadness from Inside Out are rumored to be coming to this area. Also, Chip and Dale will leave this area tomorrow:
This is all very depressing:
Heading to The Land:
Multiple signs state that Soarin' is closed:
As we recently reported, the Circle of Life attraction will be closed through April 2, 2016. If what we have heard is correct, many will be disappointed when the attraction reopens, as there's a big chance the movie won't change. We have been told that the majority of the changes will not be noticed by Guests:
A small banner was recently added under the large Soarin' sign:
The new restrooms (which are being built behind the Soarin' desk) are almost ready. Once they open, a portion of the old restrooms will close while the remaining portion will become a male restroom only:
The old FASTPASS distribution area sits untouched:
It's time to leave The Land:
The construction of the new DVC Lounge continues on the second floor of the Imagination! pavilion:
The special effects used in the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival are still not working properly:
We wonder if the short films will rotate every once in a while...
The fountain was working during our visit. It has not been very reliable lately:
The Flower & Garden Festival starts very soon. We can't wait!:
A new update covering World Showcase will be posted soon. Stay tuned:
Disney made the decision quite some time back that Tomorrowland would represent "yesterday's vision of tomorrow". However, I agree that EPCOT's Future World is crying in pain. Ironically, the imagination started leaving FW when they axed Dreamfinder and little by little it's become a bland version of what the original intent was.
I think it happened when they started to erode Epcot's own identity and started to use the park as a way to add value to their smaller brands. Not to say that the rides are bad or anything - but, like the anonymous writer above me said, they are becoming blander for it.
Think of the way it was designed when it opened - with a bent towards science and education. World In Motion, The Land, Seabase Alpha - they were all specifically identifiable as Epcot concepts and you couldn't experience them anywhere else. What you have now is a tired set of closed doors and branding moments that make no real sense. They won;t be moving back to the old stuff, so the key is to use the branding sensibly.
What would I do to Future World? Firstly - make Test Track an actual TRON ride. It's no longer educational especially, and it basically is Tron already but without Jeff Bridges.
Secondly, Mission Space - make it more of a NASA thing. It'll add in a whole level of verisimilitude to the ride.
Thirdly - put Star Wars in there. It's an 80's kind of place, and Star Wars is an 80's thing. Plus it's Science Fiction, and the design aesthetics of Epcot and Star Wars are very similar. And, best if all, Disney own Star Wars so they could do what they wanted!
Excuse the wall o' text, but Epcot is my favourite space in all of Disney, and they're treating it terribly....
They really need to do something like they had nothing new since Mission Space. Since then we had rethemed Spaceship Earth.Finding Nemo and friends,Test track,different 3D movies since HISTA closed. Then you got a good space about the imagme works been turned into a DVC lounge. Universal of Energy is so dated now and the wonder of life area wasted. The inventions areas ready need to be all stripped out and replaced with 2 big E ticket attractions.