The upper level was excellent, my kids loved it when little. I never understood why. Silly me, I should have known.
Wonder what they will do to the Universe of Energy during its rehab this year, sure hope it does open back up and it isn't a ploy. Does anyone know what is planned for the rehab at Energy?
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I was young when Wonders was open and my brother was even younger than I was. He went on Body Wars with my Dad and i didn't and shortly after Wonders closed so i never went on it. I LOVED Cranium Command and the little bikes that you would ride. Some fun stuff was in there and it makes me sad to see it go away.
Until there is a sponsor or a desparate need to increase the park's capacity (and I wouldn't look for either of those anytime toooo soon) I think the space will remain dedicated to private and special events.
Just my two cents
Are sponsors really financially necessary to run a pavillion or are they just preferred because it means more profit? Disney charges $75 for a single park adult admission and they still need sponsors? Not to mention the profit margin on food, drinks, and souvenirs made in china. That seems outrageous.
Yes because most of the money we pay for the admission to the park pays for the utility bills which are astronomical, plus the nightly fireworks, the staff...etc etc etc. A sponsor would allow them to adjust the building to new plans and build new attractions so on and so forth.
However after looking at some old pics I did recently realize how much time we used to spend there as a family.
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Necessary? Probably not. However, its through sponsors that a lot of the pavilions got built or rebuilt. If a sponsor who has continued to pay to defray the ongoing operational costs leaves, that can be a pretty big financial burden that Disney suddenly has to absorb - and it can only affect the bottom line since their doing so would not result in any increased revenue, yet the operational costs can be substantial, especially in the case of a complex attraction.
Of course, Iger could sponsor it out of his own pocket...
I have been to both a private event there (very cool) and the Food and Wine festival. At the F&W festival they have the biggest single selection of the wines to buy. Or at least, in the last 5 years of going, the biggest single selection of the wines to buy by the bottle. - Its just so much fun!
I keep hoping that they turn the old Odyssey building into some kind of fabulous NEW restaurant in Epcot. Sure, there's great food there, but something along the lines of Victoria and Albert's or something. I never plan far enough in advance and V&A seems to always be booked up. I've only gotten in a couple of times, and one in Epcot (my fave) would be even better. And the location, right in the heart of things would be super. I hate that there's so little going on in that prime Epcot spot
I'd be happy if they just reopened the Odyssey as a burger-n-fries place like it originally was.
This makes me nervous for Test Track and them possibly loosing GM as a sponsor. Disney could take it down for "Rehab" until a new sponsor is found. Rumors are attendance being way down was a CM Cost cutting reason for the "rehab" of Ellen on that side too. It could be like PI quickly on that side of Future real soon.
I don't think they'd let one of their main gates turn into PI. I remember many years ago when World of Motion was being redone into Test Track and UOE happened to be down at the same time (maybe it was to add Ellen?). The only thing open on that side of the park was the Wonders pavilion. Because of this, they decided to reopen Horizons, which had already been closed for a year or two, until Test Track was finished. It ended up being Horizons' finial horrah.
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I remember that. Test Track was at its original projected opening. CM's were riding it while we were there, just prior to its scheduled Grand Opening. It silently shut down and everyone was mum about why Test Track wasn't opening until a long time later. The only hint was the Birnbaum Guide already went to press.
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I really hope they do something with this pavilion... It seemed like a really fun one, getting back to the old edutainment epcot. Who currently could be the sponsor?
I'd love to see a ride/future world table service restaurant (not how sure it is) in the Oddysey place. Perhaps a future (almost horizons/space-y/ science-y) themed restaurant?
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I would assume if the Wonders of Life was quite popular then they would operate on their own. However, its was never a must see so without sponsors its not fiscally prudent to have the expsense of running it. I imagine if Universe of Energy loses a sponsor it would have a similiar fate
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