UPDATE: Universe of Energy at Epcot Likely to Close Soon for Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction

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With some clarifying from inside sources, it seems likely that the Universe of Energy at Epcot will be closed to be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

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While we had reported that it was Mission: SPACE that would be overlaid with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, it seems that rumor was incorrect as instead there are currently plans for a lavish update to Mission: SPACE on hold from Walt Disney Imagineering. While we can’t say much about that project yet, it seems the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction that will replace the Universe of Energy has already been approved and is moving forward.

The Universe of Energy is an original pavilion from EPCOT Center, opening in 1982 and moderately updated to Ellen’s Energy Adventure in 1996. While the 1996 refurbishment changed the music and most film portions of the ride, it otherwise has remained very similar to the original attraction and has been enjoyed by Epcot guests for nearly 34 years now. Barring some unforeseen complications, it is likely the building will be gutted or demolished and replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

Rumors indicate that Bob Chapek, the new chairman at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was key in the decision. Chapek spent 3.5  years in charge of Disney Consumer Products, but this is his first role in the Parks and Resorts division of the company.

The Universe of Energy could close as soon as the Fall of 2016, but Disney has made no announcement of any closure as of yet.

Stay tuned for any further developments should they become available.

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Jeff
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Jeff

I’ve enjoyed Universe of Energy through the years.
But it is time.

Colton Blackmon
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Colton Blackmon

Stupid Judy. Stupid Guardians of the Galaxy.

Patrick
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Patrick

Best response

Steve A
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Steve A

I’ll take Guardians of the Galaxy over Ellen’s 45 minute nap fest anyday.

Charles
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Charles

Update attractions? Sure.

But why will Disney not cater to its die hard fans who want a future-themed park that’s an ongoing showcase of the awesomeness and optimism of tomorrow? Disney is going exactly in the wrong direction with this.

Ben
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Ben

I completely agree, they need to create another thrill ride, that might have an underlying message, that isn’t connected to a film(test track and Soarin’ for examples). Some films work in Epcot, like Nemo, whereas Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t fit in Epcot at all. If they could theme a roller coaster well, then that would be great, but very difficult to do in Epcot.

Alex
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Alex

While I agree that this ride needs an update, and I love Guardians of the Galaxy, I don’t see how this fits into EPCOT. I know Nemo and Frozen are there too, but they more or less fit the theme of the places they are. This just seems weird.

Erica Freeman
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Erica Freeman

On one hand, it doesn’t seem educational but on the other hand, it could be a possibility of what life in space might be like…similar to that specific ending of Spaceship Earth where you might have space tourism. Then, you have Peter”s Walkman which teaches history similar to the Papyrus or PC lesson in Spaceship Earth! I agree with Tomorrowland…if we don’t give kids a positive future to hold onto, how are they going to be excited about it? What’s going to inspire them to CREATE that future for themselves? That was the whole point of EPCOT, that we could… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

I’m going to be sick….

Gabe
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Gabe

The EPCOT that was is fading away, but I’m excited about its future – if IPs can give it a relevance injection, full steam ahead. In my eyes, the only untouchable attraction in Future World for a while has been Spaceship Earth, and it’s not going anywhere. So bring on the E-ticket injections – the park needs it, and WDW in general needs it. This is an overdue mercy killing for U of E – it served us well for a looooooooooooong time. “Indiana…. let it go”

MisterMe
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MisterMe

I don’t give one hoot where the imagineers choose to put a new attraction as long as it’s entertaining and worth a few repeat visits. All the whinging and whining about what does and does not belong in a wholly imagined environment is intellectually ludicrous! Don’t even get me started on how “educational” Epcot supposedly was or is…

Joe
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Joe

EPCOT Center (pre ~1994) was chock full of edutainment, but has since been dumbed down over the years to the stale park we see today. GotG would be a great idea for a fun ride. Just not in EPCOT, it doesn’t belong.

Brian Lape
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Brian Lape

I agree this ride needs some attention (as does future world as a whole), but this feels all wrong. If Disney feels compelled to wedge another movie property into EPCOT, I’d prefer to see the Tron coaster.

Nate H
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Nate H

I have heard that is also a possibility in addition to the GOTG ride.

Erica Freeman
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Erica Freeman

It could fit if they gave up the Horizons building but they would need to put the special guests for the events elsewhere…like that special building near UK and Canada that we’re not supposed to know about.

KCM
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KCM

Ha. World Showplace isn’t a secret building. It’s a bookable space that is used for events and wedding receptions, etc. all the time.

scott
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scott

wrong building, horizons became mission space, you are thinking of wonders of life

Robb
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Robb

Now where will I take my 45 minute nap?? Loved this attraction for so many reasons beyond sleep.

back2future354@gmail
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And I see a Disney Animation park style park

JimV
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JimV

It’s a huge building. What do they have in mind? I would hate it to be another simulator ride. Must be a fun E-Ticket dark ride. I wonder how they will get away with putting Marvel in Epcot.

andrew
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andrew

GotG is exempt from the universal contract. Thats why they were able to have a Starlord meet and dance party when the movie came out.

JimV
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JimV

Disney and Universal would have to agree that Guardians of the Galaxy is excluded. Otherwise, the lawsuit will be big and Disney will lose. Guardians of the Galaxy was not mentioned in the contract. Only the Star-Lord and Gamora characters appeared at the meet and greet and it appears they didn’t use the Guardians of the Galaxy brand to sell the event. Disney is on the edge of breaking their agreement.

Shawn
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Shawn

Your just wrong..why write something when u clearly have no clue..Disney owns all right to GotG worldwide and can do as they wish..

JimV
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JimV

You have no clue. “Any character who is only used as a costume character will not be considered to be “being used by MCA” unless it appears as more than an incidental element in MCA’s marketing.”

That’s why Disney can do the Guardians meet and greet.

Steve A
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Steve A

Judging by how slow Disney takes to create a parking garage, this ride probably won’t be done for 4 years. Look how long it took for them to repackage Maelstrom with Frozen wrapping paper.

Heidi
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Heidi

I think the essence of Epcot is being lost. First, they make Frozen the star attraction of Norway – which should be in MK – because the ride doesn’t teach me about the country. I’m ok with Agent P’s missions for kids & characters making appearances in the lands (representing those lands) but Frozen is complete fantasy. If the Guardians were to teach us about Energy or provide some other optimistic view of the future, it could work but to give them an attraction because they’re popular right now? Really shows Chapek’s colors from consumer products. He needs to sit… Read more »

jeanylaser
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jeanylaser

I’ll take Guardians of the Galaxy over Ellen’s 45 minute nap fest anyday also!

Carol Frank-Stork Ray
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Carol Frank-Stork Ray

Wait! How am I going to get my nap????

Aidan
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Aidan

I know right!!

nkc
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nkc

Have they never considered using Wall-E at Epcot? Good IP as well as thematic unity with the park concept of science and environment.

Scott
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Scott

Amen

JimmyL
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JimmyL

Honestly, it beggars belief…

Samantha Coupe
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Samantha Coupe

Wall-E for the land id say. The lands ‘lecture style’ ride on plants and agriculture is not that great. Wall-E is about keeping that plant alive to show we can habit the earth once again. If Wall-E promotes being green, planting trees and recycling and other environmental issues with say the captain of the axiom to provide the wording, id watch that.

Ben
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Ben

What’s good about Epcot is that nearly all rides aren’t based on films. The Living Lands ride is enjoyed by everyone, it is interesting, and a break. Epcot shouldn’t have many rides based on films.

Carol Frank-Stork Ray
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Carol Frank-Stork Ray

But…but….my nap? What about my nap????

sack
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sack

love the change… but why cant they do it in body wars? have a whole pavillion sitting empty just rotting. Soon Body wars is going to be the next river country.

Nate H
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Nate H

To extend on the rumor I have heard that if the ride proves popular they will expand it into body wars a la Toy Story Mania. Not sure what that means since we have no idea what the ride is but just putting down what I’ve heard :)

Alfred
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Alfred

This is absolutely terrible. Ellen is much better than guardians. Disney please change your mind.

Ken
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Ken

They are turning a teaching and learning park into the Magic Kingdom II. EPCOT was supposed to be showing us the past, present and future. Disney is hitting a dull, can’t think of something new like before Eisner was CEO. This October trip maybe our last for a while.

Steve A
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Steve A

Magic Kingdom gets about 9 million more visitors each year than Epcot, so they should make it more like their first park.

Kids don’t want to walk around attraction less pavilions that have just restaurants and stores. The only entertainment they can get from Germany, Italy and Morocco is seeing adults get wasted on beer and wine and acting like fools.