Even if someone isn't a religious person, Disney certainly acknowledges that many who visit their parks are......So whether you believe or not, at least Disney supports everyone. Be it religious or not, gay or straight, etc... When you enter the Disney kingdom you get to ESCAPE into a magical world, free from politics, agendas, and the stress of most our lives....Thank God this Oasis from our reality exists. Walt created something wonderful for all of us to enjoy.
omg Between this Festival, and the Food & Wine Fest a month or so earlier, the decision is going to be tough to pick between the two, when we finally plan the future WDW trip.
But I'm still leaning towards the more "festive" Festival.... like now, lol.
The Halloween Events in Disney Parks, I have actually visited during a couple of the TPR Tours, back in the past. Once for Tokyo, once for HKDL, and on my own in DLR back in 2016. I think I am "Hallowe'en-ed" out, heh. Holiday Events/Decorations/FOOD/Drink would be a nice change.
August 13th, 2017 saw the closure of Epcot's Universe of Energy (alongside the closure of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios) along with the opening of the new Mission: Space. The park is currently undergoing a multi-year transformation that will update the park with significant new attractions featuring popular characters in family-friendly experiences.
The Universe of Energy opened with Epcot on October 1st, 1982 with the first-of-its kind traveling theater technology, one that was used only once more for The Great Movie Ride. The original version of the show (featuring a more educational approach) ran from 1982 until 1996 before Ellen's Energy Adventure took over the pavilion from 1996 to 2017.
Ellen's Energy Adventure was another one of those often under-appreciated attractions. Many considered it to be unpopular due to the fact that it rarely had a wait time but that was attributed to the ride's insanely high capacity. The ride has since closed to be replaced by a new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed coaster but I figured I'd compile a few photos I took from the ride's last day of operation (as well as including a look at the new version of Mission: Space's Green Mission that opened that same day).
The mirrored tile and solar panels of the Universe of Energy pavilion were always a notable statement for the building's design.
Time's almost up...
The pre-show carried the same multi-screen format as the ride films.
I was always a fan of the writing and wit of the show.
A dream sequence!
Definitely old school Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek, Stupid Judy, Albert Einstein and Stupid Ellen. (All character names from the ride's story.)
The piggy bank? No, the BIG BANG!
The reveal of the dinosaurs with the dramatic lighting against the mural walls of the pavilion's ride path were pretty excellent.
Sunrise came quickly in this scene...
Vehicles moved in the rotating theaters in unison but dispatched in trains of two through the dinosaur portion of the ride.
These two along with many other dinosaur animatronics throughout the ride were originally designed for the Ford Magic Skyway attraction at the 1964 World's Fair. Those animatronics were later relocated to Disneyland as a part of the Primeval World portion of the Disneyland Railroad. These same dinosaurs were built again for the Universe of Energy and the Primeval World portion of the Western River Railroad in Tokyo Disneyland.
Jar Jar Binks?
Dive! Bill! Dive! Bill! Dive! BILL!
Einstein is nowhere, relatively speaking.
The answer for Final Jeopardy.
Just needed to figure out how to use this clicker-thingy.
Alex Trebek: "Once again, the answer is: This is the one source of power that will never run out. Time's up, players. Let's see how well you did. Judy, we'll start with you. You wrote down ... nothing."
Judy: "That's correct, Alex, because there is no answer."
Alex Trebek: "Well, actually, you're wrong. Let's take a look at your wager. Oh, that's too bad. You risked everything you had, and that means you lose $17,800, and you wind up with <buzzer sounds> nothing. Let's go down to Ellen now, and see what she came up with as the response to our Final Jeopardy clue. Ellen?"
Ellen: "Uh, what is brain power, Alex?"
Alex Trebek: "You are correct, and your wager? You too risked everything, but you double your score to $35,600. That makes you, Ellen, our new Jeopardy! champion. Congratulations."
Jeopardy! Announcer: "Be sure to join us tomorrow, as Jeopardy! dream sequence week continues."
Ellen: "So, that's how I became an energy expert. Again, expert may not be the exact right word. More expertish. Anyway, I've gotta go. LOOK OUT FOR THE DINOSAUR! Ha ha ha, kidding. I'm a kidder. Bye bye now."
One final look at the Universe of Energy building... It will look considerably different when the pavilion opens with the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
Over at Mission: Space the attraction reopened from a brief refurbishment with a new Green Mission film, a reanimated Orange Mission film and an entirely new set of pre-shows.
Here is the new logo for the Green Mission that includes an orbit of Earth.
Here is the Orange Mission logo, with this mission still sending guests to Mars.
The queue has been updated slightly with some new imagery...
As well as updated entrances for each of the missions.
A look at the Green Mission entrance.
There's a new Capcom which sadly means, no more Gary Sinese... Or rather, almost no more Gary Sinese.
There is still a reference to lunar orbital insertion.
The new Green Mission, less-intense ride experience has been designed to be more accessible to younger guests and new booster seats have been designed to allow the youngest guests reaching the new minimum height restriction to ride.
In a few moments of the pre-show experiences some of the original animation from the attraction can be seen (along with a watermark in the bottom right hand corner of the archived video that features the Horizons logo).
There's a new Flight Commander too.
As well as a new pre-boarding video for the Green Mission side, now instructing guests on how to use the new booster seats on the ride.
During your flight around Earth you see the Aurora Borealis.
And as you approach your return to Florida, you can see a hurricane in the gulf.
Still not as smooth a landing as intended...
But congratulations, you made it!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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