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Your EPCOT future world ideas

Discussion in 'Imagineer' started by WondersOfLife, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. WondersOfLife

    WondersOfLife Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    YES!! haha, exactly what I always thought! Well not exactly, but I always thought it was a copy of Mission to Mars or Space Mountain in simulator form.


    -WondersOfLife


    The last original pavilion. :king:
     
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  2. Brian_B

    Brian_B Member

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    Test track is old, and while fun, never really meshed well with the spirit of Epcot.

    I have a grand plan for the pavilion - to re-introduce an interesting historical theme plus a grand vision for the future, while retaining the thrill factor (and current ride system).

    "World of Motion 2.0"

    1. The building's external canopy would be removed, but the theming would largely remain the same: an "advanced test laboratory" for whichever sponsor they'd get, GM, Ford, etc. Walking up to the pavilion, you'd first notice the new sign, plus the fact that the only portion of the outside track that is exposed is a relatively small portion in the front of the building. If the entrance is at 6 oclock, the track would only be exposed from 8 oclock to 4 oclock, so to speak.

    2. Just inside would be a large room, with three "bay doors" - left, right, and center. The center "bay" is just for show and would always be closed. Bay 1 - to your left - is the entrance for World of Motion 2.0. On the right, Bay 3, the entrance to the new-and-improved Transcenter 2.0.

    3. You go through bay 1, through the queue, and into the preshow. The story is that you're the lucky test subjects who will be piloting Ford's latest creation - a car with time-displacement technology. You'll be able to experience the history of transportation first-hand; your car is actually 4th-dimensionally transductive, and will transform according to what time you find yourself in.

    4. You board your car. It looks a bit like the indiana jones vehicle, and is in fact an updated model - set up upon computer-controlled gimbals, the idea is that this new ride vehicle would be able to simulate the 'feel' of different types of machines. Sound effects would help complete the illusion. It would use the same track system as the test track ride. The 2nd-floor track layout would have to change, with the exception of the outside portion.

    5. The ride itself. You ACCELERATE through a time-portal (up to the second floor), and find yourself in ANCIENT ROME, in a chariot - and you're in a chariot race! You accelerate ahead of your opponent, an angry-looking Roman soldier, who slashes at you menacingly with his sword. You can feel the rickety wooden wheels and hear the CLOP CLOP of your horse's hooves. You make a hard right turn and cut the other chariot off, causing his horse to buck in fright!

    ZAP! Through another time portal - now you're in the old west, and your vehicle simulates the feel of riding in a stagecoach! After narrowly escaping a shootout between Banditos and Indian braves, you enter an old cave -

    ZZAP! through time - and come out the other side...during the turn of the century, in an old steam locomotive! To your right is a large valley, sweeping, green, empty. As the sun sets and your "train" moves faster and faster (really just audio effects and lighting tricks), you can see time accelerating as the valley fills with lights - buildings - and then towers. A city.

    You enter a railway tunnel and suddenly you're IN an internal combustion engine. You see giant pistons and belts moving all around you! You round a corner...

    Now you're in the first-ever ford assembly plant, right around 1915. Your "car" jerks everywhich way as a dozen workers "assemble" your car. The engine rumbles to life, the wooden doors in front of you swing open, and OFF YOU GO! Through the chaotic, narrow streets of old New York in a model T. You almost crash through a fruit cart and careen into a police constable!

    Through another time portal, your car accelerates, and you're on the open highway, Route 66. Steppenwolf's "Born to be wild" blasts as you ZOOM past a 1959 cadillac convertible driven by a beautiful girl.

    One last zap and your car comes to rest in a futuristic testing facility, where a familiar voice - from the preshow - explains that it's time to examine what the future of transportation holds. The animatronic scientist hits a button, and ZZZZZOOOOOM - OFF YOU GO, fast, through a time portal into the future. You know realize this used to be the outdoor section of test track, but it's been completely enclosed. You accelerate down the straightaway, which looks like something out of Tron. In the center of the roundabout is a huge futuristic city, like an updated, next-gen version of the original world of motion finale. You accelerate around, briefly experience a breath of hot floridian air as your vehicle zooms through the brief section of exposed track, and then bam - you're back at World of Motion 2.0, where you're free to examine the new Transcenter - which contains basically the same thing as it does now.

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    I, for one, would love to actually ride this. Thoughts?
     
  3. GrandDuke

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    Wow. But how do you make the vehicle look different?
     
  4. ScorpionX

    ScorpionX Well-Known Member

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    This. is. amazing! The one thing I was disappointed with is that you didn't retain the song "It's Fun To Be Free."
     
  5. WondersOfLife

    WondersOfLife Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I agree! You need to send that to Epcot's Guest Relations or something!! :sohappy:

    But yes, I would love to hear "It's Fun to be Free" in there, or maybe that song playing in the queue line. Share it with somebody at WDW, it's just soooo amazing!!

    -WondersOfLife


    The last original pavilion. :king:
     
  6. Brian_B

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    Wow, thanks for the props, guys!

    Maybe someone at WDW/Imagineering is reading this now. Probably not, though.

    I've been meaning to sit down and draft up a proposal complete with illustrations (I can draw reasonably well) and send it in. The trick is getting them to not throw it out without reading it.

    Any advice? I mean, if there's a better idea out there for the pavilion I'd sure like to hear it.

    BTW - Kermit...you serious about living down the shore? Because my mom lives in Seaside Park...
     
  7. ScorpionX

    ScorpionX Well-Known Member

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    By Jersey Shore, I mean Cape May.
     
  8. RedFurredCadet

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    Seconded too. Though a little oomph with the orchestration (think to the same level as Horizons, and One Little Spark) might make it possibly greater, hmmm?
     
  9. ScorpionX

    ScorpionX Well-Known Member

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    Greatly inspired by Brian_B, here is my version of a Test Track-style World of Motion.

    You enter The World of Motion through a glass door with the World of Motion logo on it. Exiting the door, you find yourself in a large atrium with a giant mural depicting every single mode of transportation ever created, cars, busses, trains, boats, planes, bikes, etc. The preshow is held behind a dimly light corridor in the back left corner. The preshow starts with an Audio-Animatronic Ford executive named Tom Morrow, Jr. giving you a brief on what you're about to experience.

    Tom Morrow, Jr.: Hello, everyone. my name is Tom Morrow, Jr. Welcome to the Ford Motor Company's pavilion here at EPCOT Center. We made a deal with Disney to showcase what is perhaps a world-changing invention to you. Now, if everything works well with the curtain, on behalf of the Ford Motor Company and the Walt Disney Company, I would like to person to you…the very first automobile with the capability of time travel! You might be thinking, "Hey, this guy's pulling my leg!" But no. This is the real deal. Although this vehicle is a prototype, a test driver will demonstrate time travel by brining back a baby dinosaur.

    Test Driver: Get ready in five, four, three, two, go!

    After a few seconds, the test driver climbs out of the car with a baby Triceratops on a leash.

    Tom Morrow, Jr.: Pretty impressive, right? The next test drivers will be you guys. Each car carries six passengers. Oh yeah, one more thing: you can't experience time travel if you're eating, drinking, smoking, or taking flash pictures. The entrance to the boarding room is to your right.

    Through the doors you go and enter the loading dock. You board your car and begin your journey.

    Male Announcer: Your vehicle doors close automatically. Please keep your hands and arms inside your prototype and remain seated while traveling. Thank you. Las puertas de su vehículo se cierran automáticamente. Por favor, mantenga las manos y los brazos dentro de su prototipo y permanecer sentados durante el viaje. Gracias.

    Narrator: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the wonderful World of Motion. Ford now invites you to travel the open road, to discover that when it comes to transportation, it's always fun to be free.

    After boarding, you go through a strobe-light time portal in the former hill climb test. While you're in the portal, a familiar song begins to play.

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To go anywhere,
    With never a care.
    To do all you wanted to do,
    It's fun to be free!

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To go where you please,
    With comfort and ease.
    To see all there is to be seen,
    It's fun to be free!


    Once on the second level, the cars travel through the Roman Coliseum's gates, signifying our entrance into Ancient Rome.

    Narrator: Throughout the ages, we have searched for freedom to move from one place to another. Other than foot power, we have the wheel. Invented by the Sumerians, the wheel changed history forever.

    A man is shown presenting the first wheel to the king, while a guard turns away men holding square, triangular and pentagon examples.

    Narrator: With our new found freedom, empires expand, cultures flourish, trade and commerce grow.

    A transition tunnel shows spinning projections of the wheel and of scenes such as a horse pulling an Egyptian chariot and a man pushing a Chinese rickshaw. A centaur is shown pulling a woman in a chariot and near the projection, a giggling woman holds a rope attached to a centaur. A used chariot lot is shown, complete with marked-down prices in Roman numerals. The Trojan Horse is even for sale!

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To roll all around,
    So safe and sound.
    To go where you wanted to go,
    It's fun to be free!


    Salesman #1: Lend me your ear, friend. This is a colossus bargainus! It's just like new!

    Salesman #2: This is beautius maximus. Loaded with extras! Power reins, marble floorboards. Four speed whip. Ah, suitable for the throne of Venus!

    Salesman #1: Fly on the wings of Mercury! Pass anything on the Appian Way!

    Salesman #2: This colosseum cruiser is fit for the Gods. Truly glorious. Caesar's wife has one.

    Salesman #1: This was driven by Caesar himself!

    Going through another strobe light time portal, we end up deep in the Wild West as the Magnificent Seven theme plays.

    Narrator: A new kind of horse arrives. A steam-powered iron horse, bringing fast, dependable, safe travel to the new frontier.

    A train robbery is in progress. One bandit is off to the sides by some rocks. Another is at the front of the train holding out a hat and gesturing to three passengers and the engineer while yet another thief supervises a shaking conductor as he hands over the goods. A lawman is off to the side, ready to catch the crooks. If the train looks familiar, it should. It's one of the trains used in Disneyland's old Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland.

    Bandit 1: Keep your hands up! This means you! This is called passin' the hat. (Laughs) Drop it in the hat. Drop it in the hat, Mister. Come on, come on.

    Bandit 2: Hold her steady, Grandpa! Or I'll blow your head off! (Fires gun) I said hold that box steady!

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To ride on the rail,
    To deliver mail.
    And go from New York to LA,
    It's fun to be free!


    Passing through another time portal, we wind up on Route 66, driving next to a SoCal surfer girl in a Ford Mustang as Rascall Flats's "Life Is A Highway" plays on her radio.

    Narrator: In 1896, Henry Ford brings us a new wonder: a carriage without a horse. Yes, with the automobile, we thunder full speed into the 20th century!

    Narrator: Mobility is the byword of modern transportation. A way to move from here to there, for every need and every care. Now it's really fun to be free!

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To drive our sports cars,
    Like big movie stars.
    And play where you wanted to play,
    It's fun to be free!


    A line of vintage cars appear, accompanied by vintage film footage to depict the era that each car is from. The first car encountered belongs to a 1920s flapper girl and her boyfriend. We hear the melody of Charleston music playing for this car. The next car contains 1950s children, with their parents driving them to Disneyland. The next car is a 1980s station wagon carrying a Little League team. The car after that is a 2011 hybrid, powered by electricity. The cars then make a trip through a speed tunnel similar to the type used in If You Had Wings. The curved tunnel depicts 70mm film clips of things such as a toboggan run, white water rafting, and traveling through outer space. This then leads to images of the eye of a hurricane and then swirls of light and a kaleidoscope effect. The images then turn into a computer grid style reminiscent of TRON that is meant to depict "the future." The ride vehicles emerge into a new room depicting a futuristic city with blurs of light depicting traffic zooming down the streets past tall buildings while spaceships fly in the sky.

    Narrator: Yes, our world has indeed become a World of Motion. We have engineered marvels that take us swiftly over land and sea, through the air, and into space itself. And still bolder and better ideas are yet to come. Ideas that will fulfill our age old dream to be free, free in mind, free in spirit, free to follow the distant star of our ancestors to a brighter tomorrow.

    The outdoor portion of Test Track is covered with a tunnel similar to Space Mountain's Star Tunnel, complete with blue and green strobe lights. This represents a futuristic highway. The car's speed here increases to 90 mph. Back inside the building, the cars decrease to their usual 7 mph.

    It's fun to free,
    To be on the move.
    To go anywhere,
    With never a care.
    To do all you wanted to do,
    It's fun to be free!


    Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, Ford now invites you to share the challenge of the future. We need you to help us shape tomorrow's mobility.

    The former thermal imaging room contains a "Pepper's Ghost" effect that makes the car appear to have been scanned for any time-smuggling.

    Narrator: Just ahead is Ford's exciting TransCenter. Join us behind the scenes where we are working to ensure that tomorrow's world will continue to be a World of Motion.

    Female Announcer: Your vehicle doors will slide open automatically. Please collect your belongings and step out to your right. The moving platform is traveling at the same speed as your vehicle. Las puertas de su vehículo se deslice abrirá automáticamente. Por favor, recoja sus pertenencias y salir a su derecha. La plataforma móvil se desplaza a la misma velocidad que su vehículo.
     
  10. RedFurredCadet

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    @kermitdefrog, this sounds like another interesting take on the world of motion history lesson, crossed over with the thrill ride-esque ending of the future. Reading this, I can TOTALLY imagine this happening. Also, extra points for getting Tom Morrow Jr. in on it. So, World of Motion concept - pretty much a potential idea for a rehab. ;3
     
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    @Brian_B & kermitdefrog, these are both very good ideas, certainly more fleshed out than Test Track, and represent a good compromise between classic dark rides and thrill rides.

    Unfortunately I don't think Disney will accept unsolicitated ideas. I'm guessing you would need some sort of agent if you were to submit an idea to Disney, and even then your chances are slim. Plus Test Track seems to be pretty popular ride already and I don't think it would be commercially feasible to overhaul the attraction anytime soon. Still if they were to replace Test Track, your ideas seem like the next logical step.
     
  12. Benjlufc

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    Epcot needs to both stand by its original ideologies, and appeal to visitors - so it still has to be about the world and the future, but it needs to have a range of rides to bring people in, ones which are related to its ideologies. I think it shouldn't have too many references to films in terms of its attractions, as thats what the other parks have, I wouldn't enjoy epcot if it were full of film related rides(a few is fine), as it would defeat the point of Epcot.

    1. Test Track, Mission Space, The Land and The Seas are all great at the moment, maybe clean everything up, make everything still look quite retro futuristic, but with some modernity(small touches, like large floor to ceiling windows). I would keep all the building in the middle of future world, just clean them up.
    2. Ellen's Energy Adventure would have to go, maybe replaced by a fast paced time travelling ride(indoor), as I could see something like that fitting in well. Some people have said a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, but(even if Disney had the rights to use that in Orlando) that wouldn't fit in at Epcot, it would fit in, however, at Hollywood Studios.
    3. The Imagination pavillion should keep the building, but build a ride based on Inside Out, which explores the senses and the mind, but might have some sort of twist.
    4. Innoventions should be moved to the old Wonders of Life pavillion, and updated dramatically, so that it is a fairly major pavillion. I would also add a large new building out the back of the new Innoventions building, which would house a lab where innovation would actually be taking place(like improving efficiency of renewable energy production, something that can be applied to the real world, and is applied to the real world), this could have a ride touring it and showing latest innovations.
    5. I would add an attraction inside the old Innoventions building, it would be a dark ride with a theme that I can't think of, maybe an omnimover ride.
    6. Spaceship Earth should be renovated, but the ride shoukd stay about the same, the same scenes with improved animatronics, a more reliable omnimover system, etc. It still has to look right, so not too high tech or anything, very similar to what it is now.
    7. The World Showcase needs improving as well. Trackless ratatouille ride in France, Soarin' over the UK, a Japanese ride that is relevant to their culture(maybe a dark ride storytelling ancient Japanese legends or myths that could put you in the middle of the action - same with China), and an attraction at every pavillion, however small. A Switzerland pavillion could be created with a recreation of the Matterhorn bobsleds at Disneyland, try not change it that much from the Disneyland version - hopefully this wouldn't scar the view from future would, or from other pavillions.
    8. The Odyssey restaurant should be renovated and made a really high tech, modern restaurant serving both quite normal, and futuristic food and drink(sit-down).
     
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