I have gotten the Vacation Planning Video every year for several years, and when I ordered this year’s version, I wasn’t expecting much. Was I every surprised!
The 2014 Vacation Planning Video has been completely reimagined, to use Disney terminology. A lot of good visuals showcasing everything from Theme Park overviews to more specific looks at rides, dining options, and entertainment all around the resort.
This video is an excellent tool to use, in conjunction with your Authorized Disney Travel Planner, to help put together the most magical experience you could ever design, and even introduce you to some different ideas to make that possible. And, it even gives you a very brief look at each resort available on the WDW property. I only wish there had been a bit more said about each resort to give us a better idea of what they have to offer.
You can view both Walt Disney World in Florida AND Disneyland in California on this presentation. So, you can plan your vacation to either destination, or get a quick Disney fix if you are something of a Disney Parks Addict, like me!
On my first visit to EPCOT Center on October 3, 1982, I didn’t care about backstory, or even why it was there! I DID care that it was a dream of Walt Disney, who I had admired my entire childhood! When I first walked in, it was new! It looked new, smelled new, and acted new! Heck, some of the paint hadn’t even dried, yet. And, there were a couple of pavilions that were not even close to being to being completed! But, I loved every minute of my visit SO MUCH, that I came back six months later and 6 more times over the next three years.
Now, 30+ years later, I find myself wondering about the story. And, I ended up looking at Future World for my inspiration! That is what I share with you, today. My EPCOT: Future World Story
When you think of the original pavilions that made up Future World on opening day, or a shortly after, you can begin to develop an idea of how the story might go in the development of this fabulous Theme Park.
The first pavilion that comes to my mind is one that was NOT ready for opening day, but opened months after. The Imagination Pavilion seems to be the perfect place to begin this story! Anytime there has been creation of new technology, music, art, or any other type of never before seen anything, the Imagination is the most likely place that an idea began! The Imagination Pavilion introduced us to a character named Dreamfinder. His mission was to get us all to consider what could be done inside our minds, with just a bit of thought and creativity. In HIS imagination he shows us how he was able to put together a very lovable fellow named Figment! And, together they guided us on a tour of all the areas where the imagination can have an effect on daily living and progress.
As my story goes, once the imagination has done its job, the time to develop the technology then becomes the task at hand. Thus we have the other pavilions and their part of the story.
Communication becomes a huge part of any type of development. Today, it is quite easy to make a call, text, or even have visual discussions in different locations. But, it wasn’t always that way. As a result, the remaining pavilions give us a glimpse of how things began with a bit of a history lesson before moving through all of the evolution of communication in Spaceship Earth! This attraction takes you through the “Dawn of Recorded Time”. As the ride progresses, we get a look at how communicating has changed around the world through history making it easier to share ideas and creativity.
One of the most basic needs we had in the ‘early days’ was food. And, since most of our food was home-grown, it was necessary to develop ways to farm without damaging the land we were using. The Land pavilion housed “Listen to the Land”. A boat ride that is still used today, with some changes in its presentation (and name)! We got to see much of the techniques used to prepare, plant, and harvest the food needed to feed our families and friends. Today, there is more about conservation than ever. But, the coolest part of this ride, then and now, is the alternative planting methods on exhibit. Look for the Fluted Pumpkin the next time through!
World of Motion was one of my favorite pavilions! It began with the creation of the wheel and took us through the development of horse and buggy transportation, to automobiles, and even to aircraft! This attraction really kept you moving as you got to see images of some of the inventors who began their quest for freedom through mobility by using their imaginations, and then finding ways to take there dreams and make them realities. After all, It’s Fun To Be Free!
Horizons gave us a look at living in environments that might be considered out of this world! Well, at least some of it! This attraction looked at developing areas for population including space, underwater, and desert areas. You are introduced to Jules Verne, who is considered one of the fathers of this kind of thinking. It points out that people are an important resource when it comes to making change of this type. At the end of the ride, guests are invited to choose a scenario of living in space, at the bottom of an ocean, or in the middle of a desert. Then, through the magic of Disney, you get to see a brief vignette that allows you to see what that life might be like.
Finally, The Universe of Energy gave us a peek at some of the ways we made use of various sources to produce electricity and fuels for everyday use such as natural gas and petroleum. After the preshow, you were (still are) brought into this huge auditorium, where you load into the most unique ride vehicles I can think of at Walt Disney World, and the show continued. The movie portion really gave you an excellent look into how we use different methods to produce the fuels to produce energy. Then, the coolest thing happens…the room seems to move (rotates) and the wall disappears, and you begin your journey through prehistoric history to see where the petroleum resources originated. The coolest part of the show, if you ask me! And, the cars are solar powered! That’s right, the power of the sun is used to get these vehicles moving through the attraction! The show ends with an introduction of how scientists and technologists are working to make better use of solar, wind, and hydro power to produce the energy we need for the conveniences we take advantage of every day.
So, what is the story of Future World? In order to get the story of the future, we need to get the story of our past. The future begins with imagination and continues through development and testing! The truth is that this story isn’t finished!
I keep thinking that Disney’s Hollywood Studios could be something more than what it is now. And, as I was thinking it through, I got an idea. Brilliant? I doubt it! But, here goes! If anyone has a different idea, feel free to chime in in the comments section at the bottom.
Since we are talking about a Hollywood theme…how about this:
The entrance is pretty good the way it is. I wouldn’t change too much of that, except maybe a little more open access to other areas of the park. Each area off the redesigned hub and spoke would be a movie genre to make it easier to figure out where your favorite might be located.
Off to the right is the first spoke leading you to the Thriller Genre. Yes, this would allow you to keep Rockin’ Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror intact. And, you could add some other items for thrill seekers. Maybe a simulator ride based on the scariest Disney movie I ever saw. Darby O’Gill and the Little People. The Banshee kept me awake for days! I’d really like to have some other ideas for this area!
Working counter-clockwise from the hub, the next area would be the Family Genre which would be perfect with the Pixar attractions, and allow for an area that the entire family could enjoy without worry of being scared out of their minds.
At the peak of the layout would be the Action/Adventure Genre, This land would include an updated stunt show representing several different types of stunts to show the versatility and depth of the stunt business. I’d really enjoy a show like this. I actually DO like Lights! Motors! Action! And, I’d be open to making this part of the rehab, in some form.
Finally, Science Fiction/Fantasy would be in the area that currently houses Indiana Jones, and Star Tours! No need to move these amazing attractions! Although and update for Indy could be argued for! Add in a newly acquired property, Star Trek, and the attractions list could get quite interesting.
Okay, I know this isn’t a real idea, or even close to what anyone else has been thinking, but hey…It’s my blog and my thoughts!
Here is the third installment of the trip report from my buddy, Diane Trowbridge! In this segment, she and her husband, David, visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here is how there day went! Enjoy!
Day 4:Had an early reservation at Animal Kingdom (AK) for the Wild by Design Tour, so had to take a cab. The Bell Hop waved one over from the taxi stand and the short ride cost $20. The Wild by Design Tour is a 3 hour walking tour of AK, revealing the architectural and artistic design elements of this park. We had two guides, plus two animal “experts” that covered the monkey island by Kali River Rapids and the bird area of the Pangani Forest Trail. There was one rest stop for a snack.
After the tour we made our FPPs for Finding Nemo: the Musical, Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safari. There was no Lion King show, as they are building a new theater for it and demolished the old one for the new Avatar Land. Saw It’s Tough to be a Bug, and still surprised at the special effects despite having seen this show every trip! Caught the Flights of Wonder show and rode Dinosaur, which had a shorter “stand by” line than FPP line by the late afternoon.
We skipped lunch because we had an early ADR for Boma, so took the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) and had another wonderful meal at this buffet-style African and American restaurant. Knowing we could not take a bus straight back to our hotel from AKL, we opted again for a cab and rode in speed and luxury to POFQ.
Special Thanks to Diane for sharing this experience! I hope it give other readers an opportunity to plan something unique on their next Walt Disney World Vacation! Have a Blessed and Magical evening!!