TEAM CASSIE - UNIVERSE OF ENERGY
Not gonna lie, this was actually one of my favorite pavilions as a kid. Something about the dry, matter of fact edutainment of the films, the soundtrack, and the dinosaurs just mixed together to create something that baby Tegan fell in love with. Let’s see how our friends at Team Cassie have updated and upgraded this opening day attraction.
First things first,… the music!!!! WOW!!! Cap, you outdid yourself again! This track is so grandiose and spectacular!! Honestly this feels like an unused EPCOT Center b-side or something. Like,… I’m obsessed!
DisMan’s introduction sets the stage beautifully. I would love to just walk around this version of Epcot. The pavilion map is lovely! Always nice to see how each aspect of an attraction relates to the others.
Harmony Plaza is a true highlight of the project to me. This would be visually stunning while also serving a purpose and having function with the interactive energy-making elements. That’s vintage Epcot and I love it!
Onto the ride itself, a suspended dark ride coaster was a bold choice! Disney does not have any suspended roller coasters at any of their parks so this would be a first, and at an appropriate park no less. The way you have the ride vehicles light up is very cool! Love that detail!
The aqua dome is another segment that sounds visually stunning! Viewing all the water features from overhead would be an incredible experience. I really appreciated the small detail of the wind chamber causing the vehicles to sway back and forth.
But the solar system section,… this feels like something right out of an Epcot dream I’ve had like a thousand times! And I mean that in the best way! …. I have Epcot dreams a lot actually. But this would easily be a highlight of the entire park! The heat effects for the sun are an awesome touch. And I truly love how much detail you put into the size, shape, scale, and speed of every element of this show scene. I would ride this over and over again!
The outdoor sections would be such a riot! And I really enjoy the kinetic energy these segments add to the pavilion and to the park as a whole. Great details there!
I’m obsessed with the grid and the futuristic city. These feel like updated takes on the old World of Motion finale and I’m absolutely here for it!
You all did a wonderful job describing your sections of the ride and providing outstanding narrations. It was incredibly easy to visualize what was going on, and your images definitely assisted with that.
The post-show/exit shop is a nice touch. Energy never had that so it’s awesome to see the pavilion get that here. The energy windows are a really fun touch. It’s small details like these that push projects over the top, both on the forums and in real life.
And finally the snack and drink kiosks are so cool!! The design feels very appropriate, and I really appreciate the nod to the building structure. You also put together a nice little assortment of offerings here. Great work.
Honestly I really loved this! Energy might be the most difficult opening day pavilion to successfully reimagine but you all did a fantastic job!!
TEAM WANDA - COMMUNICORE
That header!!! Wow!! Love it!!
Fantastic little map. It’s always nice to see how everything connects both thematically and literally. Excited to explore this!
Adventure Thru Cyber Space is an extremely fun, very surprising headlining attraction. The “hub” pavilion had always been home to a wide offering of small, hands on offerings but never actually housed a true moving attraction. You guys basically went for the reverse.
I really love the addition of Nibble! Such an adorable and fitting attraction mascot! The ride has a simple but effective story, and quite a few fun elements, especially the tubes that represent the internet. The sudden drop is a perfect mild but wild thrill! This is fun and feels like exactly what would have been built if Communicore actually did have a large attraction.
What is N.O.R.T. though??
Onto Communicore Hall and this is a really solid idea. I like the concept of all these different exhibit spaces, and this would suit any version of Communicore perfectly. I just really wanted a little more detail. I’m glad you outlined what types of exhibits we would see, just could have used some examples.
Forestalgia is a welcome addition. This is essentially the Epcot Experience made to be a permanent fixture. Personally I would love this incredibly niche experience and make it a must see on each visit. The overall public might not care quite as much but they are also clearly not the target audience for this. The only thing I’d question is how long this could remain relevant. Would there always be enough “coming soon” content to keep it fresh years into the future? Give me that Epcot Peoplemover though!!!
Reflections Courtyard sounds absolutely stunning!! Imagining that large of a glass dome covering that much greenery plus the fountain space is just,.. perfection! Love the little detail of the glass being photovoltaic and being used to collect energy! Very Epcot! Love the new fountain and the gardens. Having all the plants from different continents is such a cool idea! Nice inclusion of Dreamer’s Point.
I would truly love something like Way Back When. In fact, I did a similar attraction in the semifinals of SA7. Same location too! The inclusion of live actors and puppets is a great detail and diehard fans will absolutely love this.
Ha, for Starlight Restaurant I also used that same image during SYWTBAI this year. So obviously I approve of this design direction! A futuristic Starbucks? Count me in! Okay I love that this is literally called “The Fast Food Restaurant of the Future.”
The Wonder of Color show is a great addition. Would this be during the day, at night, or multiple times per day?
Finally Connections Arcade truly feels like something that could be found at modern Epcot in our reality. I think this would be a really fun addition to the pavilion.
TEAM LOKI - THE LAND
I am mildly disappointed by the lack of Pauley Shore and Stephen Baldwin. Jk.
The Land is my favorite place in all of WDW, and Living With The Land is my favorite attraction. So I’m going into this cautious yet excited.
First of all, I really appreciate that you shifted the focus of the pavilion to climate change and conservation. That probably wouldn’t happen right now, but this feels like the quintessential Epcot pavilion!
Red’s concept art for the pavilion facade is breathtaking! And honestly; wonderful visuals all throughout the project! Those domes!!!
So glad you included Greenpeace! Such a wonderful organization and I would love to see them involved with The Land pavilion in such a way.
You had a really great concept going with Soarin’ over The Land. I think you got a bit lost part of the way through, though. This was introduced as a journey to natural locations yet we visited multiple human-made structures, many of which are in the current attraction. There are a couple of nice additions to the attraction, particularly the volcano. That specifically was a lot of fun! But honestly I was hoping to see more places impacted by human activity just based on the introduction to the ride. You did a lovely job with the introduction and set up and I think with a little more time this could have been really amazing! Are the posters in the queue advertising fictional locations or just the pavilions themselves? Like I’m imagining Mesa Verde and whatnot.
I’m going to go out of order here.
The biodomes are truly lovely! Each one has its own unique features that add so much to the pavilion as a whole. I enjoy that you have small attractions within this area of the pavilion to help fill everything out. This whole thing lends itself so well to self-guided exploration and I love that!
Sunshine Seasons gets more plant-based?! Thank you!!!
Wait,… is that,…. In the headers,… that’s Thanos!! Omg!
I knew this was PerGron. Once again, the attraction this is replacing is my favorite ride of all time. Let’s see how this compares.
First off you retained the original soundtrack and queue feature with all the quotes on the wall and I absolutely love that. The individuals selected to add to those quotes are all fantastic choices and I support this. The shed is a really cool addition that works really well for world building in the world of the attraction itself. It’s a small detail that goes a long way. Zac Enron is an awesome choice for narrator!
The framing of this as a journey through a house is really unexpected and very cool! I would have never considered that but it totally works and you took a couple of extremely basic ideas and made them truly outstanding. The narration is wonderful and I’m able to picture everything in my mind perfectly.
Aww, you kept the bison!
Eww, digging for oil,…
But for real, love how you retained an original scene yet added to it to make it part of your story here. And I think that works perfectly.
The following oil rig scene is very reminiscent of Maelstrom’s big finale and I truly love that.
I think I would lose my mind bawling at the deforestation scene. So many different species of plants and animals just careless cast aside for resources. I hate it. But all of this needs to be addressed and I’m so glad you went all in on this topic.
Keeping the living laboratory segment of the attraction was such a great move. That portion of the ride is iconic and beloved plus it still lends itself well to the concept behind the ride. Yet you still updated it with the addition of insects and the beehives!
And all throughout you did an amazing job with the narration!
Honestly I just love this so much! You did our favorite attraction justice and I love it!
Amazing work everyone!