Epcot’s Future World makes up one half of this theme park. The attractions in Future World are meant to introduce visitors to cutting edge technology and techniques of the future. These innovations can be found in every pavilion and attraction in Epcot’s Future World.
Innoventions (East) – This attraction is comprised of multiple educational attractions within one single building. Colortopia is an interactive area that allows guests to learn about color and paint with a digital paint brush; Sum of all Thrills where visitors use their math and science of engineering skills to create AND ride their own thrill ride; and Storm Struck – A Tale of Two Homes allows visitors to learn about tornadoes and actually experience one in a simulator. There is also a quiz at the end of this attraction which asks guests “Are you prepared?” Innoventions East is very educational and can’t be missed!
Imagination – This pavilion houses three attractions. The main attraction is Journey Into Imagination with Figment. This attraction teaches riders about the five senses of sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste. The music is wonderful and it’s very educational. Upon exiting the ride, stop and learn more in the sensory-inspired play area called Image Works – The “What If” Labs. There is also a 3-D film located in the Imagination pavilion, The Magic of Short Film Animation, which shows different Pixar short films.
Mission Space – This attraction is very educational. Although we have never had the pleasure of riding Mission space (too chicken), we have watched videos from the comforts of home. There are two versions: an intense version, and a lesser version. Guests assist the captain of the spacecraft on a mission to Mars. The real education comes after the ride. There is a play area named, Advanced Training Lab, that allows guests to enjoy space travel through videos and games.
Spaceship Earth – This attraction takes riders through a trip in time. This trip teaches guests about the history of communication, including drawings, writing, and television. At the end of your journey, riders can choose how they end their journey by helping to create a video through an interactive screen in their vehicle (watching the video we created was a wonderful way to end the ride). Once you exit the vehicle, guests can take part in an interactive area featuring the technology of Siemens (the attraction sponsor).
Test Track – This attraction allows guest to digitally design a car and then take a test-ride in the car they design. Upon exiting the ride, you walk into a high-tech showroom filled with an interactive area. This area allows riders to see how their car design performed, make a 15 second commercial of their design to send to someone, and carry on the test drive through a virtual testing ground.
The Land – The Land Pavilion contains many educational attractions. The main attraction is Soarin’. Soarin’ will reopen in the summer of 2016 and will take guests on a hang glider across the globe. The scenery and music are beautiful and teaches guests about the geography of the globe.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends – One of the most educational pavilions in Future World, this attraction offers many learning experiences. After boarding a clam shell, guests ride through the underwater world of Nemo and see all the characters from the movie Finding Nemo.
Universe of Energy – This pavilion is home to Ellen’s Energy Adventure. This atttraction takes riders back to prehistoric times to learn about energy. The hosts for this ride are Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Although the ride lasts almost 45 minutes, we love this attraction. It’s very educational and is a great way to relax while you learn. The humor is outstanding for adults!