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What is the worst ride in Epcot? (Quality-wise)

What is the worst ride in Epcot? (quality)


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Inspired Figment

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Oh wow. To be honest I never understood the love for the character but now that you explain it, it sounds like the current iteration of him is a complete 180.
Yep, exactly. Btw, I’d definitely recommend giving @marni1971 ’s Ultimate tribute video a watch. It has a great ridethrough of the original attraction. You’ll see exactly what we’re all talking about after watching it. Both the ride and Figment’s portrayal was drastically different and far superior compared to what’s there now. The main ride portion starts around 21:35 :
 

NickMaio

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I gotta say, as much as I personally love Horizons. Unfortunately, it didn’t do so hot with guests at that time. Infact, according to Eddie Sotto who worked on Mission: Space. One of the reasons Horizons closed was due to low ridership and guest survey ratings. Not to mention, it’s loss of sponsorship. Which in turn may have changed the sponsorship model for Epcot attractions at the time:
Ya I know😞.
But it will always be amazing to my 10 year old heart. It was my hands down fav ride at WDW.....
Thanks for the cool article.
 

Inspired Figment

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Infact... I also have a hunch that the closure of Horizons had a direct impact on the original Journey Into Imagination attraction.
The very same year that it closed due to the reasons mentioned in Sotto’s post. Interestingly enough , “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” had opened shortly after. (This, I believe, was the start of the ‘film IP’ takeover at Epcot). With that also came a change to the queue, entrance, & signage for the Magic Eye Theater. The monorail spiel’s wording was also changed around this time. Notice the lack of mentioning of ImageWorks & the attraction itself being mentioned (3:43):
Fascinating, huh? It states that “Honey” is inside with a brief synopsis for the show and that’s it. Advertising “Honey” as the main attraction in the pavilion, rather than the ride or ImageWorks.
Around this time also, Figment was allegedly starting to be less & less publicized in park advertising.
One thing that should be noted is Horizons, Honey, along with the 2&3rd poor renovations to the ride all share common folks involved. I won’t state who exactly they are. But i’ll let you all figure it out on your own. You can also find who created the redos on Wikipedia.

Also, due to the closure of Universe of Energy (for transformation into Ellen’s Energy Adventure & World of Motion (for Test Track). Horizons was allegedly then reopened seasonally without it’s sponsor, due to park capacity concerns.

Here are some very interesting articles I’d recommend reading regarding this whole matter. :

Also, here’s a very “coincidental” piece of merchandise that was released during that time period...... “funny”, huh? 👀 :
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Inspired Figment

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Also... if any of you are familiar with Cheshire Figment (aka: Mike Tuchman) (R.I.P.) who was one of the key people involved with the “Friends of Figment” group who helped “bring Figment back” into the attraction thanks to attending shareholders meetings, etc. mentions this on the DIS forums for further context on how the attraction was able to be changed the way it was. :
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aswell as this (which is good news for those of us who wish for them to return the original Imagination attraction with new bells & whistles (enhanced technology & special effects):
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Tony has also mentioned previously that “there were some politics” in the decisions for the ride’s changes in this interview conducted with him. But he doesn’t elaborate any further than that:

Anyway.. that’s my hunch on why Journey Into Imagination was able to fall into the sad, deplorable state it’s been in for a good number of years now. What seems to be the case is basically, the only thing stopping Imagination from returning properly sadly, are the inner company politics.
 
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Inspired Figment

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Also.. has anyone noticed?
The sign/logo seen on most signage for the attraction. (Including on the ride cars) Does it look at all familiar?
The “flight to imagination” turntable, still underneath the false floor implemented for the redo.
The Institute logo in the center? That’s the new loading area.:
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Inspired Figment

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Oh.. and the ending. Does that Dr. Channing moon seem at all familiar? Ah yeah... the moon from.. Horizons. Wonder why that could’ve been put there, eh? 😉😉:
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OSX

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While Journey Into Imagination with Figment is horrible, it’s an improvement from the previous refurbishment. At least this version doesn’t say we have no imagination.
 

Inspired Figment

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While Journey Into Imagination with Figment is horrible, it’s an improvement from the previous refurbishment. At least this version doesn’t say we have no imagination.
May not say that. But it seems to imply that imagination is “just turning your thinking upside down”. Which isn’t much better.
 
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OSX

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Also.. has anyone noticed?
The sign/logo seen on most signage for the attraction. (Including on the ride cars) Does it look at all familiar?
The “flight to imagination” turntable, still underneath the false floor implemented for the redo.
The Institute logo in the center? That’s the new loading area.:
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Where would the flight to the imagination be today? Standing in the exact place where the turntable was has always fascinated me.
 

yensidtlaw1969

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While Journey Into Imagination with Figment is horrible, it’s an improvement from the previous refurbishment. At least this version doesn’t say we have no imagination.
No, but it does seem to suggest that Disney has no imagination. That they've let the current version of the ride sit for almost 20 years without doing anything to try to improve it really is astounding.
 

yensidtlaw1969

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Or Disney has other budget priorities.
Clearly . . . I was more making a joke that the imagination they do have seems to be going everywhere except the Imagination Pavilion.

If you'd asked me in 2002 if that version of the attraction would still be running in 2019 I would have felt sure that changing it would have become a priority before now.
 

Heppenheimer

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Changing topics here slightly, because it seems we have some people nostalgic for the old Future World... how would you rank the pavillions of Future World 1.0? I know that even in the early years, there were some changes fairly early on, but lets consider 1.0 to be from park opening in 1982 until the first of the original pavillions closed or was substantially changed (I'm thinking either Horizons or the World of Motion went first). And I'm leaving out the two Communicores because other than Smart One and that show about computers, I really don't remember too much about either pavillion (but feel free to add them to your own list).

My list:

1) Imagination Pavilion- Disney got everything right here. Visually appealing and interesting main ride with a catchy song and loveable characters, Image Works upstairs could keep a kid occupied for hours, and both Magic Journeys and Captain EO were awesome for their time (even though Magic Journeys made every little toddler in the audience cry...).

2) The Land- Maybe its just me and my love of gardens, but I was fascinated by the future of farming presented on Living with the Land. Catchy song, too. Kitchen Cabaret was also great for its time, particularly the Mexican "Veggie Fruit"song. I barely remember the original movie upstairs. Finally, the food served here was always good, even back in the Dark Ages of Disney Food.

3-4) I can't decide between Universe of Energy and the World of Motion. The former simply blew you away the first time when the theater started to move and you went through the dinosaur scenes. Once again, great theme song. The World of Motion had quite a bit of a sillier presentation than than most of the other pavillions. I can still easily hum the whole "It's Fun to Be Free Song".

5) Spaceship Earth- The scenes were well done, but there was/is very little humor, and the overall theme isn't terribly exciting. "Tomorrow's Child" wasn't even a good enough song to make the Epcot souvenir album. Still, it is really cool that a ride even exists inside the icon of the park.

6) Wonders of Life- If I had experienced this more than once, it might be higher on my list, but I simply can't remember it too vividly. I recall really enjoying Cranium Command, Body Wars was an inferior Star Tours clone, and... um, it was a little awkward for a teenage me watching The Making of Me with my parents. I don't remember anything about the other exhibits. If the pavillion had any kind of theme music, I didn't notice it.

7) The Living Seas- I remember being very excited about this pavilion when it finally opened, then finding it a boring letdown. Whatever music was playing at the time left zero impression. If the fish weren't real, this would drop to #8.

8) Horizons- Sorry fans, I found this "meh" even when I was 7. In a park dedicated to various aspects of the tech of the future, it seemed redundant to have a pavilion whose theme was... the tech of the future. Its vision of the future was almost dated by the time it opened, and time would not have been kinder to it without frequent and expensive refurbs. And the theme music was memorable for being kind of annoying.

There's my completely subjective, unscientific ranking.
 
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ChrisFL

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8) Horizons- Sorry fans, I found this a letdown even when I was 7. In a park dedicated to various aspects of the tech of the future, it seemed redundant to have a pavilion whose theme was... the tech of the future. Its vision of the future was almost dated by the time it opened, and time would not have been kinder to it without frequent and expensive refurbs. And the theme music was memorable for being kind of annoying.

There's my completely subjective, unscientific ranking.
Odd, most of the technology and future living in Horizons we're nowhere near achieving. Colonies in space? Reclaiming deserts to use as farms? vast undersea areas for living and exploration? Sorry, nothing was outdated except the hairstyles IMO. Also, 1/2 of the attraction was discussing the past's vision of the future. It's by far #1 on my list.
 

chriss.moyer

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The Imigination ride is awful, I never got to experience any earlier versions but I have no idea why someone would want to buy Figment merchandise after going on that. I do not like being sprayed with skunk smells.
yea it's a shame because the original Imagination ride was probably the best ride in Epcot Center back in the day. It's ashamed the current self today is just sad and lacks everything the original had that made it special.
 
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