Epcot Re-Imagined Part 3: Innoventions

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We now move away from Imagination to the center of Future World, where there has been a noticeable absence of kinetic energy in the area, ever since Innoventions East and West were mostly closed down.

This absence has been felt for quite some time now, ever since Disney opened Epcot Character Spot in 2007, which took up a significant chunk of what used to be space taken up by Communicore, an original Epcot attraction which lasted until 1994 when it was replaced by Innoventions.

Now, since it is permanently closed, Innoventions is just empty space in two giant buildings, hence the reason why in the new renderings for Future World that were revealed to the public at the Parks & Resorts Panel at the D23 Expo showed the two pavilions completely destroyed.

This also included MouseGear, the flagship Epcot store, and Electric Umbrella (one of two counter-service restaurants in Future World), Club Cool, the Fountain View, and Innoventions Plaza, which includes Pin Central and the wait time boards.

Most importantly, the plans might spell the end of the Innoventions Music Loop, one of the greatest compilations of Disney Parks music ever!

Before that area is no more, I’d like to throw an idea of mine into the mix, a plan that revitalizes Innoventions and the surrounding areas. The two attraction/exhibit buildings would continue to be called Innoventions, since it still sticks with the new theme.

The facade of both structures will be given a facelift, with a completely new color scheme, with blues, greens, purples, blacks, and neon, similar to that of Test Track, shown below.

The internal building structure will be unchanged, but the new color scheme and logo will be very noticeable throughout both buildings. The logo from the original Innoventions, the hand holding the lightbulb, will be re-used, but instead of having two colors for East and West, the blue color wave will be the only one used.

Tom Morrow 2.0 will not be returning to this version of Innoventions, unfortunately, but instead, a new version of SMRT-1.

The exhibitions in the new Innoventions will take up the existing attraction space in both buildings.

As for the attractions themselves, there will be many new exhibitions with the biggest corporate sponsors currently: Tesla, SpaceX, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.

Much like my idea for the new Wonders of Life, incorporating the newest technologies into said exhibitions would attract so many people. Things like VR, smartphone technology, augmented reality, robotics, and touch screen demonstrations would do the trick. I mean, if kids could be entertained by a human art farm exhibit, these ideas should surely bring in more guests.

It’s really tough to specifically think of every new exhibition that will be included. However, with the sponsors that were previously given, you should be able to get a good idea of what will be coming into the space.

One thing I distinctly remember from Innoventions was the video game wall right near it where the former Segway exhibit. The new Innoventions will keep the video game wall, with updated Xbox One, PS4, VR, and Nintendo Switch titles.

There will be subtle nods to Communicore in both buildings, with the original logo incorporated in mosaics and collages, very similar to what was done with the World of Motion logo in the new Test Track.

As for the rest of the space taken up by the two buildings, MouseGear will be given a facelift, with a completely redesigned interior and a new logo.

Club Cool and Fountain View will be left unchanged because riots would ensue if Disney got rid of a Starbucks and Beverly, specifically Beverly.

The Electric Umbrella will also be completely re-designed, but the 2nd floor and the wall carpet will be untouched and will stay off-limit to guests, out of nostalgia.

The space that was previously taken up by the Epcot 25th Anniversary Gallery will be replaced with an art gallery celebrating the past, present, and future of Epcot. Pieces within the gallery will circulate and be replaced from time to time. The timeline will stay and will continue to be updated.

Pin Central will be kept in its current location, but the wait times boards will be removed as they are no longer a necessity.

Last and most importantly for families, the Epcot Character Spot will stay in its current location, and character meet-and-greets will change periodically as new movies, TV shows, and other events happen.

Unfortunately, this idea is not going to happen with the Future World renderings shown at the D23 Expo, but it’s always fun to dream.

Next time, we will take a trip to try to solve the mess that’s been going on with The Land.

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Alex Murphy

Alex is a sophomore multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland. (ROLL TERPS) He has been a major Walt Disney World fan for some years now and is still trying to convince Disney executives to bring back the Wonders of Life Pavilion. Outside of Disney, he will be cheering on the Terps, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Flyers, and Arsenal FC.

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  • I can’t believe Club Cool might be taken out! I always have enjoyed going there every time I went to Epcot and I’m sad to see or hear that it might go

  • Absolutely without imagination. You merely want to keep the stale look of the Communicore buildings that are long outdated and serve no use. They are largely abandoned as in Abandon Land. Look it up in YouTube.

    Innoventions was supposed to appeal to kids and teenagers and give them some education. The fact is Disney couldn’t keep up with how stale they end up looking in a mere few years and they couldn’t find enough corporate sponsors (or suckers) willing to give Disney free money for questionable marketing advertisements. Siemens generously offered Disney a new monorail set, but Disney rejected since they couldn’t fathom competing corporate advertisements.

    Innoventions occupy a lot of space that is better realized as an entirely new kids play area with character infused flat rides. This will attract kids to a park that sorely needs new things to keep them interested like the Frozen ride after boring them with Imagination.

    Of course, the reality is Disney intends to replace it with a new forested area with new water features that will serve as a backdrop to more food and wine events or home and garden festivals. Oh well. Goodbye Innoventions. You’re a waste and we won’t miss you.

  • I’d actually be disappointed to see them tear down the Innovention buildings as they were such a part of the early days of Epcot and I think they could serve another purpose without removing them. I also hope they keep Club Cool since it’s a fun respite for guests when it’s hot outside. I remember when Club Cool used to be an igloo that was freezing inside with lots of piped in smoke to make it seem like you were really in the arctic! Last but not least, the Fountain View is another staple that has changed hands a few times and I always loved the futuristic look to the building. It is the perfect place for the new Starbucks since guests can get their breakfast as soon as they walk into the park early in the morning.