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EPCOT Retrospective – Universe of Energy/Ellen’s Energy Adventure

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #199 for the week of December 6, 2010.

We’ll turn back the clock and continue our EPCOT Retrospective series as we journey aboard my Walt Disney World Wayback Machine to 1982… and earlier. We’ll look at the design, creation and development of the Universe of Energy. This unique pavilion addressed important issues that remain so to this day, and incorporated technological advances that continue to impress and delight guests as well. We’ll talk not just about its history, changes and upgrades, but the future of the pavilion as well.

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5 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #199 – EPCOT Retrospective – Universe of Energy/Ellen’s Energy Adventure”

  1. Adriana says:

    I love the Universe of Energy! I can’t really comment on the 1980’s version because my first trip to WDW was not until I was 19 in 1996. But now having gone many many times I always try to ride Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I think it is enjoyable and relevant. And my girls, now ages 4 & 9, also enjoy it. (Ok so at ages 2 & 3 my youngest liked it mostly for the dinosaurs)
    EPCOT Center is actually my 9 year old’s favorite park and I cringe when I hear people say it is boring or too educational or any of that type of thing,

  2. Berdo says:

    I remember going to the Universe of Energy when I was a kid in the 80’s and I found it so fascinating. Not just the dinosaur parts but the rest of the attraction. I remember always leaving the pavillion with a sense of hope for the future and progress. It’s amazing how far we’ve come since that time.

    Oh, and the original theme song owned! I still listen to it every once in a while.

  3. JJ Harvill says:

    Hey Lou! GREAT show this week. I also do cringe(agreeing w/ Adriana) when people say Epcot is boring–ahh!! IT’S SO NOT, and yet again, you prove it! I hate to say this, but I have never experience Universe of Energy. After this show, I FOR SURE WILL!! Spring Break 2011 trip to WDW–so many new things to experience!!!! Thanks, Lou!!!

  4. Shannon G. says:

    Great show! I vaguely remember this attraction from when I was a kid but I really enjoyed it on my last trip in Feb 2015. I agree that having celebrities play characters instead of themselves would be a great way to make sure films can stay relevant for as long as needed. Luckily Ellen is relevant today even though her clothes are way ’90’s 🙂

    I think energy is definitly an important discussion for today and hope the pavillion always keeps that focus. That being said I’d love to see an update here, maybe add an interactive element in the cars like Spaceship earth has done? I love how the videos created in Spaceship earth can be emailed home to add to the memories…this type of tool would work well in several EPCOT attractions, I would think. I’d also love to see a sponsership come back in. I’d be interested in what an innovative company like Tesla could do with a collaboration.

    It would also be easy to re-arrange and re-record the original songs and get them back into the attraction. They are great songs and could read to today’s guests with a little modernization!

  5. Chuck Zitta says:

    It’s 2016 and Ellen is still relevant. So, I guess Disney got lucky on that one. But, in my opinion, Disney should create timeless characters specifically for an attraction, such as those in the Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean (excluding the latest additions). I think that’s a big part of what makes those attractions so incredible and timeless. However, I do love Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If not for the the dinosaurs, and the humor, than simply for the technology of the attraction itself and the message it delivers to those who experience it. Disney may need to give the show a little more zing to maintain the captive audience of today’s society. But for me, I’m a little more old fashioned. I like the slower pace of the attraction. It’s nice to sit back and relax once in a while; without all the screaming and hollering experienced on many of today’s newer ‘rides’ (not attractions) found in the other parks. Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou!!!