EPCOT Update and a Wish

The other day as I strolled around EPCOT, I wondered why is ‘Future World’ stuck in the past. Of all the attractions only Mission: Space could be said to be forward looking. Spaceship Earth tacks a little choose your own adventure video on the end with a look forward, but the bulk of the ride is about the past. The rest of the ‘future attractions’ are really now ‘present day’ attractions. Why hasn’t Disney kept up with some of the latest technologies of the future?

Where are the ec0-friendly buildings, how about podcars (or other rapid transit innovations (Google Self Driving car anyone?)), and a view of what work will be like in the future. Recreate a portion of Masdar City, the first city designed to be energy neutral. Inspire guests with a vision of the future where technology is there to enable us to achieve even more as a planet.

Anyway, enough of that rant. There is change at the center, and I took a few pictures on my stroll. Here are some of the new things I saw in the park:

The cast member greeting position for the Seas with Finding Nemo pavilion has a new shade structure. It looks nice, but unfortunately they didn’t see fit to install a solar power fan for the cast member stationed there.

A close look at the floor reveals this is a future site of Fastpass Plus.

A very nice exhibit for children. It explains how sea turtles hatch from their nests on the beach

They’re still working on building a separate entrance for the Turtle Talk experience.

This photo is from a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to sneak it in here as a reminder Test Track is supposed to be reopening this fall. I’m hearing sometime in November is possible.

The areas outside of Test Track are also getting some TLC

I guess cast members finally got tired of providing change for penny presses. There are a couple of these change machine, press combos around the park now. Of course, it would help if they weren’t out of order.

Finally, with the Olympics having just finished, I was struck by the Gold, Silver, and Bronze babies on the Baby Care Center sign at EPCOT. Now that’s a vision of the future.

What is your wish for EPCOT?