Monday, March 4, 2013

Attractions: Traditions - EPCOT

     Having looked at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, we continue our series of brief posts regarding Disney's adherence to and celbration of traditions, we now look to EPCOT. 
World of Motion:  This attraction was once located at the site for Test Track.  Once removed, in 1996, the chickens from this ride were relocated to Goofy’s Barnstormer (now the Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini).  There are also a few leftover props found in the Backlot Tour.
Horizons:  Look for the logo for this attraction in Mission: SPACE.  It is located in the center of the rotating gravity wheel in the queue.
Fantasy in the Sky:   A video on the large viewscreen in Star Tours mentions this longtime fireworks show that was replaced by Wishes.
(Watch Fantasy in the Sky Here)
Journey into Imagination:  Like Star Tours, this attraction still exists, though not in original form.  Look for the door marked “Dean Finder”.  This pays tribute to the Dreamfinder that once starred with Figment in the attraction.
The City of the Future:  OK, this is not an attraction, but it does illustrate how ideas find their way into other attractions.  The city of the future was how Walt envisioned EPCOT.  The model of this city can be seen while riding the TTA.
(See it between 8:18 – 9:30 in this video of Walt himself reviewing the concept for EPCOT.)
How many references to old attractions can you locate?  Let us know which ones you have found and send us a photo

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