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    More Mouse: Remembering the Magic: CommuniCore

    Remembering the Magic: CommuniCore by Jonathan Heigl

    Jonathan Heigl takes a look back at CommuniCore

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    I only went to CommuniCore two times when I was a kid, so I don't remember much. To me, all that has changed is what is on display. I say keep as is, just change the exhibits to something more exciting.


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    Let's face it. People love rides at Disney. And if it isn't a ride, there better be a live show or some characters. Just look at Journey Into Imagination. That ride loads 25 people every two minutes, but hardly any of them stay after the ride is over to do the interactive stuff. You'll only see a few little kids enjoying the fun things they have there. With Innoventions, you don't even have the "wienie", as Walt would say, to get people in the doors. With all the tech know-how that Disney has, you would think they'd come up with some cool interactive place that would attract some portion of the population. At the Innoventions in Anaheim, they've turned into the Marvel room where the tech of Iron Man and Thor and all those guys is on display. Now I'm not saying to do that in Orlando - that would be a complete departure from what Epcot is. But if they made that just a part of the attraction, Innoventions would draw in a good number of people from the other surrounding Future World rides rather than just being a big building that's right in the way of all the fun attractions.

    I like to think that Club Cool is a part of this pavilion. With that said, they really need to bring back Ice Station Whatever. With the 9 months of summer that they have in Florida, that was a great place to cool down fast that got turned into a cheap gift shop with free cola samples.

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    I went to CommuniCore twice in the early '80s when Epcot first opened. Haven't been back in 30 years. Those type of exhibits just don't interest me...

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    CommuniCore/Innoventions has long been an area of Epcot that just never really "worked." There have always been parts that were interesting, but very little of it had a repeatability factor (meaning you didn't ever really feel the need to visit multiple times or come back to it on a later trip).

    What I liked about CommuniCore was the bright, open feel of it. I remember the big windows letting in lots of light, the open spaces. It felt like a World's Fair technology exhibit.

    Innoventions, while dark, does have some interesting exhibits. The "Home of the Future" area is usually pretty cool, although it isn't updated often enough to give it a good repeatability factor. We'll drop in to see it once maybe every five or six trips to WDW. I don't think we've ever visited any of the other exhibits in Innoventions more than once, though.

    What could be done to improve this area of Epcot? I have no idea. I think a complete re-theming of the entire area is necessary. I love the concept of "Future World," and I'd like to see that concept expanded upon. Perhaps some sort of combination exhibit/ride that gives guests a look at transportation options for the future -- self-driving cars, MagLev trains, low-Earth-orbit flight, that sort of thing. Have a queue, preshow, and boarding area on one side of the plaza, then a ride that actually takes you outside and around the plaza on some sort of elevated track, then finish up on the other side where you get a post-show area and exit.

    What do I not want to see? More character meet-and-greet locations. More fast food. More shops full of the same generic stuff that is available at every other shop.


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    The current IBM exhibit is fantastic, and hearkens back to the original intent of the space: to highlight innovative technologies. Take the time to stop and watch the film and play with the touch screens that all emphasize the importance of data of all kinds in understanding the past and building a better future.


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    I can think of a terribly easy fix. They should highlight technology used at WDW. A permanent display showing the evolution of AA's and what's to come. This would include a more indepth look at the workings than their usual displays. Old ride vehicles and their evolving technology would be neat to see. A "Blue Sky" area like Disneyland has would be very enjoyable. They should also include exhibits featuring the other Disney parks around the world. Now THAT would really fit in EPCOT.
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    I'd say reimagine. I always thought that Disney should do a look on how the rides are made and on the imagineering process. I'm not saying that it should reveal the "secrets" of Disney (things like the forced perspective used to make buildings look bigger) but rather all of the work that is done. Show the evolution of a ride, from concepts to initial drawings to construction to completion, video clips with the imagineers who built it, etc. In some ways, Test Track would be a great ride to do, since it isn't an imagination ride so much as an experience ride. Let people design their own rides (similar to video game roller coaster building games) on a computer. Have games that simulate running a ride with decision making involved- how many people can you get on the ride during the day and deal with problems and solutions. Have interactive simulators similar to the ones that let you "steer the ship" on the Disney cruise line (maybe drive the monorail simulation). Have displays from past rides that show the advancement of technology- the 1984 computers versus todays computers. It could be an interesting thing, especially for kids in the 10-15 range who feel "too grown up" for the rides but not yet old enough to be "in" on the Disney magic. In some ways the things that happen to make opening and operating Epcot every single day are just as interesting as the park itself.


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    Everyone has nice ideas! To go along the lines of a few suggestions here, maybe they could turn it into a DisneyQuest type area, where you can create some of your own rides and then ride them. Then, they could also have what was suggested above, where they show the process of the creation of some of the popular attractions. I think that would be an excellent re-imagination of the pavilion and would be something that more people would visit!

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    I was born in 1977 and Comminicore was my favorite pavilion while it existed. I never really got into Innoventions as much.


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