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A Mom’s Thoughts On EPCOT

For a while now, EPCOT Central has been meaning to share this letter from a reader. If Disney executives don't trust ardent Disney lovers who maintain blogs to give them some real perspective on EPCOT, perhaps they'll trust a new mom from the South, who offers some lovely and valuable perspective on how "real" guests

By |2009-12-11T02:24:00-05:00December 11th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

Captain Oh-No

Here's a shocker to those who say EPCOT Central wants to turn Disney's most ambitious theme park into a shrine to the 1980s: Bringing "Captain EO" back to EPCOT would be a bad idea.A really bad idea. The idea has been making the rounds -- and allegedly has gotten as far as an executive screening

By |2009-11-30T02:26:00-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

“Two miles deep in that darkness, an amazing world …”

"Until now, scientifically inconceivable. Yet there." It's a stark reminder, as The Living Seas at EPCOT Center used to remind us so dramatically, that beneath us is "a world where we have spent less time than on the surface of the moon." But, gosh, cartoon fish are just so much more fun, aren't they?

By |2009-11-22T16:41:00-05:00November 22nd, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

EPCOT: What Doesn’t

How could Disney get something so spectacularly wrong, so consistently?Put simply: Innoventions is awful. Making the problem even more fascinating: It shouldn't be. As Disney demonstrated in its Theme Parks & Resorts pavilion at the D23 Expo earlier this year, it has world-class designers who can create exhibitions that showcase imagination and creativity and fantastic

By |2009-11-19T15:50:00-05:00November 19th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

EPCOT: What Works

Take equal parts Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan's Flight, mix with EPCOT Center's original mission, stir gently, and bake at Walt Disney Imagineering for a few years ... and you've got what EPCOT Central considers to be a hidden gem of EPCOT: Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion. When Restaurant Akershus was still operating

By |2009-11-17T18:52:00-05:00November 17th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

Meanwhile, Down the Road

A hundred miles southwest of EPCOT, it's happening. Even as Disney continues portraying an outdated "vision" of our world's energy needs, even as it virtually ignores the realities of the past 15 years, a sleepy little Florida hamlet called Arcadia (ironic, no?) is home to the country's largest solar-panel power plant.It's puzzling indeed to see

By |2009-10-23T22:26:00-04:00October 23rd, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

Presented By … No One?

It was a surprise to walk up to The Land pavilion at EPCOT recently and discover that Nestle was no longer the presenting sponsor. The Seas With Nemo and Friends has a beautiful VIP lounge (complete with circular logos for "The Living Seas") that mostly sits empty. GM has emerged from bankruptcy, leaving EPCOT lovers

By |2009-10-16T12:15:00-04:00October 16th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments

Dear Steve Jobs,

That's highly commendable. No sarcasm here. It's about time someone tell the Consumer Products division of Disney that its "vision" of the Disney Stores as being "the best 30 minutes of a child's day" is, frankly, not impressive. It's been a long while since Disney Consumer Products was impressive, and now that Dick Cook at

By |2009-10-14T16:21:00-04:00October 14th, 2009|Categories: EPCOT|0 Comments