Finding Future World – The Living Seas

The Living Seas As It Is Today

Since opening day, Epcot has added 3 pavilions to Future World, 2 on the east side and 1 on the west side. As we wrap up the west side of Future World, we will finish with that added pavilion: The Living Seas. Featuring three distinct areas, the Living Seas offered quite a bit to see for adventurous visitors. The theming has changed quite a bit since it has opened but the pavilion still offers quite to explore.

Welcome to Seabase Alpha

The pavilion that would eventually become the Living Seas was intended to open with the park in 1982. However, it took a bit longer for the concept to reach a point where it was ready to be built. Finally, the theme became an underwater scientific research facility named Seabase Alpha.

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Finding Future World – The Land

The Land

When it opened, EPCOT Center’s Future World tried to capture the ideals that went into Walt Disney’s original plan for future urban communities. Since that opening many of the pavilions have taken on new focuses or been left to age. While time has taken its neighbors in different directions, The Land pavilion has not only maintained its focus but the spirit of the original EPCOT plan.

Learning With The Land

Future World was built around a unique style of “edutainment” that was meant to inform and inspire visiting guests. With each pavilion focusing on a different area, passing tourists would be able to learn a little bit about different areas. The Land took this one step further and actually attempts to learn as well.

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Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2 – Week of Imagination!

Figment and Dreamfinder Return in Figment 2

Today, we’ll wrap up our Week Of Imagination! with the most recent story to come out of the Imagination pavilion, Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2. This is the first sequel to Marvel’s line of comic based on Disney Parks attractions and picks up the story of Dreamfinder and Figment right where the previous series had left off. The story proves to be an appropriate wrap up as it contains the creative elements of each era of the Imagination! Pavilion. So, let’s once again go on a journey with our two guides through Imagination as we discover more about their world.

Legacy Of Imagination!

The first Figment series, covered inmy review last week, gave us an updated origin for Dreamfinder and the titular purple dragon. As excited as I was to see a new version of this duo, Figment 2 took the biggest question about them: has the Dreamfinder become outdated?

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Finding Future World – Imagination! – Week of Imagination!

Imagination Pavilion

Long before FastPass lines, Soarin’, or TestTrack were in place, lines used to pour out of the Journey Into Imagination pavilion. The pavilion housed 3 distinct attractions that were incredibly popular through the 80s and mid-90s. Over the course of the 90s, the pavilion has taken on a radical shift and its once robust popularity has wained. Sadly, what lead to this unfortunate downturn highlights one of the biggest issues of Epcot’s model. Join me as we rush to the first pavilion on my childhood visits, Imagination!

Anything That Sparks The Imagination!

Walt Disney’s original idea for EPCOT was born out of his work on the World’s Fair. After his passing, the remaining project ended up finding itself back to those roots. Much of the park was to be built around sponsored attractions. When film giant Kodak had come on board later in the planning stages, the result was the Journey Into Imagination pavilion.

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Disney Kingdoms: Figment – Week Of Imagination!

Disney Kingdoms FigmentWhen starting a new line of comics about Disney Parks attractions, Marvel took a chance starting with an attraction that was never built. But, as I discussed in my review, this allowed them to create unique characters and introduce a new world to audiences. A whole new set of challenges can come with taking beloved characters and translating them into a new medium. Disney Kingdoms decided to face that challenge with a story inspired by Epcot’s beloved mascot, Figment.

One Little Spark Of Inspiration

By the time the first issue of Figment hit shelves, the playful dragon had been entertaining audiences in Epcot for over 30 years. His companion in the Disney Kingdoms series, however, had been removed from the pavilion in 1998. But before that the Dreamfinder was actually the star and our real guide as we took a Journey into Imagination!

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