A new show has debuted at Innoventions at Epcot called The SpectacuLAB, and it takes a fun look how science and innovation work together. The STEM focused mini-attraction opened with a fun ribbon cutting ceremony that involved Mickey Mouse and science.

To develop this show, tech company Murata teamed with Walt Disney Parks Creative Entertainment and Science from Scientists, a national, non-profit which promotes the importance of STEM education with a mission to empower youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

The SpectacuLAB features demonstrations by the on-hand scientists, including

  • The emcee (aka The Assistant) playing ultrasonic sensor drums, simply with the wave of their hand or clipboard.
  • Changing the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube.
  • Accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when stepping on paper cups.
  • Observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails.

For the cube and paper cup demonstrations, child guests are invited on stage to participate and bring science to life. They were really enjoying the cube demonstration.

The show is entertaining, even for adults, but parents may want to remind children not to do the bed of nails segment at home.

The SpectacuLAB show runs throughout the day at 10:30am, 11:45am, 2pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm. It is located in Innoventions East, across from Colortopia.


Michelle Snow is a huge fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in films and TV, as well as the Disney parks. She's also an award-winning writer who has written several guidebooks on Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @zengrrl. Her blog, CitySurfing Orlando covers Orlando and the theme parks. Her favorite rides at the Disney parks are Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain, and Indiana Jones Adventure, and she is anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land to become real. She collects anything to do with Snow White, Grumpy, Tinkerbell, and Stitch. She also has an unhealthy obsession with Jedi and Iron Man.