As someone who loved Epcot from our very first visit less than 6 months after opening, it is discouraging to see what they have done to a once amazing place. Even with two years between visits, I was surprised by the drastic change in feel when we visited less than two weeks ago. (All the details and photos here
.) Yes, the suits let it rot for decades, but the new direction for the park is misguided at best. Epcot is not a foodcourt nor is it Magic Kingdom/Hollywood Studios 2.0- yet that is exactly what seems to be happening. I'd encourage you to investigate the park at opening through videos, articles, or books. I'm sure you'll discover you would have loved what it once was. (BTW- yes, there is a detailed trip report on my blog- as with every trip.)
I’m aware of the history and original intention for Epcot but it seems Disney abandoned the edutainment aspect about 30 years ago and forgot about the park.
Communicore was long gone when I first visited in 2013, when we first walked through innoventions it was empty except for some pathetic video games and some meet and greets, not exactly educational or a vision of future technology.
I’ve never stepped foot in Wonders of Life because in the decade I’ve been going to WDW it hasn’t been open a single time.
I did Ellen’s Energy my first trip and never bothered to go back because it was so bad.
We do Figment in the Imagination pavilion every trip but not because it’s good, it’s ok but we do it because there isn’t much else to do, I’ve seen the recreation videos of the original show and although they look great that ride disappeared over 20 years ago.
I’ve watched videos of Horizons and it looks amazing but that ride disappeared in the 90s, over a decade before my first visit. Mission space is ok but tends to make my head spin.
SSE is my favorite ride at Epcot and Living with the Land is my second favorite so I understand why people long for the past but the reality is that vision ended in the 90s. If this were a recent trend I’d understand the frustration but the move away from the original vision has been going on for over 20 years… long story short I’d rather have a good park based on a bad concept over a bad park based on a good concept.
Edited to add: in a perfect world we’d get both, good concept and good execution, but since that ship seemed to have sailed 20 years ago I’m much happier with what’s coming than what we currently have.
The original concept was good but apparently wasn’t profitable or they felt it wasn’t sustainable because they gave up on it a decade after the park opened. They’ve been moving away from it longer than they kept it.