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.
EPCOT Center becoming a theme park rather than a functional city may have been quite different than Walt Disney had envisioned but there were some parts of his vision that were maintained. CommuniCore and its successor, Innoventions, celebrated advancing technologies and even gave visitors a chance to interact with upcoming technologies. Located in the heart of Future World, it functioned like a family friendly exhibition hall as well as a gateway to the pavilions surrounding it. Join me today as we enter into Epcot’s most diverse pavilion.
Epcot’s Main Hub
While the CommuniCore pavilion was mainly focused in two twin structures behind Spaceship Earth, they encapsulated the main thoroughfare of EPCOT Center. While Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom used a similar circular hub in front of their castles, EPCOT used its main hub as another, more diverse “land.”
With so many dining options in Walt Disney World, you’re pretty guaranteed to find a fantastic table service restaurant. But some of the most unique experiences can be pretty tough to snag. Today, I’ll discuss some steps to help catch that elusive advanced dining reservation!
Hard To Get Dining Reservations
Magic Kingdom features two recognizable castles, Cinderella’s and Beast’s respectively. But getting inside for dinner can be a near impossible feat. Luckily, there are some ways to give yourself a better chance.
The current running Disney Kingdoms series, The Haunted Mansion, released its second issue last week. I reviewed Issue #1 last month and really enjoyed how it built suspense as well as tell inside jokes. The second issue takes that tone and shifts it to draw us deeper into the conflict within the mansion’s ghastly halls. Today, we meet new characters as we join the swinging wake.
Haunted Mansion – Issue #2
The first issue took about half its pages to get inside the mansion itself. Once inside, we were treated to some of the suspense that the early rooms of the Haunted Mansion ride builds for us. The second issue takes a bit more time in one particular part of the mansion: the Grand Hall.
Most Disney Parks follow the formula created by Disneyland in 1955 with the pathway up to a hub and the park’s icon where you can then enter all the different lands offered through the park. Epcot bucks this trend by placing the most recognizable part of its park right up front, towering over the entryway. Every guest entering the main gate will be in awe of the giant sphere that is Spaceship Earth. This also presents the first “pavilion” of Future World. Join me today as we walk through the gates together and into our time machines.
Prior to the main gate of Epcot, just as you exit the monorail, is a dedication plaque featuring a quote from the park’s opening. The dedication, given in 1982 by then-Disney CEO Card Walker, echoes the Disneyland dedication given by Walt Disney nearly 30 years earlier.
To all who come to this Place of Joy, Hope and Friendship
Epcot is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.
May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.