|Undiscovered Future World|
Notes from 2009:
Notes from 2004:
Another strange occurrance on our tour this time were the number of drop outs. We lost about a third of our group for various reasons. The tour guide took this rather hard and was at a loss just as we were. I am not sure what these guests were expected, but I thought the tour was covering what it was advertised to be. The two groups that bailed out both did so within the first 1/4 of the tour. This was a good thing for us as it made the group smaller and more presonalized.
I would like to warn anyone about this tour.. it does invovle quite a bit of walking in a condensed amount of time. There is plenty of opportunity to sit inside airconditioned buildings though.
The highlight of the tour for me was stopping by the marina and seeing the dry dock as well as the Illuminations barges. I wish we could have spent more time out there and walked around a bit more. I thought the tour was very well focused on showcasing where many of the ideas for EPCOT came from and tying the history of attractions back to Disneyland and Walt Disney.
|Tour Log (5/2009)|
|Started off inside EPCOT guest relations this time. We first headed down to Spaceship Earth (near the restrooms on the East side). Then doubled back to Guest Relations and walked through Innoventions East. Out past Mousegear and across to Innoventions West. Made a restroom stop. Walked through Innoventions and out to the Living Seas. Went into the conference center/old lounge area and then headed for the Land. Took a quick break before heading backstage near Soarin. Walked into the maintenance area for Imagination and saw where they clean all the 3D glasses on property (they rolled through the machine at just over 4mph). Walked through Imagination and then upstairs to the old Imageworks area. Headed back downstairs and across to the other side of Future World. Stopped at Universe of Energy and were taken into a room and shown a couple of the birds from the show and then we headed to Mission Space and the HP lounge. After walked through there we next went over to Test Track and up to the GM Lounge which has one of the best views of the park (and into the attraction). We then walked backstage and past the Test Track maintenance area. Poked back inside the attraction to see the transfer practice area then walked around backstage to EPCOTs CM services building. Walked through the wardrobe area (which is now self service) and then back outside and around to the marina area. Got a glimpse of them working on a couple Friendship launches and saw the Earth globe, but did not spend much time there then it was through a door and back onstage in China to end the tour.
|Tour Log (10/2004)|
Tour Stats- 4.25 miles, 4 hours
Met at guest relations then walked out and talked about EPCOT in general and Spaceship Earth. After the introduction it was off to the House of Innovations. Took a walk through then out near the fountains and over toward Innoventions West. Cut through where the Food and Wine Festival booths were on our way to the Living Seas and the old VIP Lounge which was still being dried out after the storms. Our guide Howard talked for a bit and showed some old photos, then it was off to the Land. We were given a break and a chance to buy any snacks we want. Next up a step out the back door near the Soarin'construction backstage. We next headed back onstage and over to Journey into Imagination. Took the elevator up to the old Imageworks area, which is now used for private functions. Most of the sets and some of the gear is still up there, like the pin boards. Back down the elevator and across Future World and into the Universe of Energy. Walked into a side door and shown a audioanimatronic bird from the attraction. We posed for pictures then back outside and over to Mission Space. Cut through the queue and into the control room. Its the same room you see from the queue, so many guests were staring through the glass at us as we got a quick tour of the room. Back outside and across the plaza and into the VIP Lounge of Mission Space. Walked through then over to Test Track. We walked backstage and through a door near the service area. Traveled down a series of hallways and stopped to talk about the attraction, then given the opportunity to jump on the attraction. After our ride it was through a door and backstage again. Back through a couple walkways then out backstage. Crossed the perimeter road and headed for the cast center. Caught our breaths then back outside and into a trailer to hear about the international program for CMs to come from overseas. After hearing from a few CMs it was back outside and around the entertainment warehouse to the dry dock area for the Friendship Launches as well as the docks for the Illuminations barges. Finished up our tour and headed for China and back on stage to end our tour. We were all given pins and told our names would be on a list near Italy for a reserved spot to watch Illuminations.