Posts Tagged ‘Innoventions East’

Innoventions Uncovered

by on March 30, 2014

In the comments of a recent post, one of our awesome readers asked for an article about Innoventions. This spot is nice for hiding from nasty weather, and most of the exhibits are pretty interesting. Not to mention it doesn’t draw big crowds, making it a perfect spot for the heat of the day. So what’s worth seeing, and what gets a skip? Check out below for my opinions. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Innoventions West

IMG_1294The Great Piggy Bank Adventure: This one is a must see for me. We even stop by and play pretty often. At the start of this game you are assigned an actual piggy bank that you carry with you through your journey. He is the cutest, fattest little pig! I wish they were for sale! Once you have your piggy bank, you take him through a series of virtual games in your quest to become a financial smarty pants.  If you’d like a sneak peek of The Great Piggy Bank Adventure you can visit online. Game Rating: 9 out of 10.

 

IMG_1292THINK: I’ve been through this exhibit several times, but I still just don’t… get it. There’s a large video wall, a movie that plays on a loop, and touch columns that walk you through an interactive tour. The focus of the exhibit is efficiency and sustainability through technology. Unfortunately, I find this one to be pretty boring and highly skippable. Game Rating: 3 out of 10. 

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Liberty Mutual joins Innoventions

by on October 29, 2008

Liberty Mutual has joined the list of sponsors in Innoventions. No formal announcement of an attraction has been made, though work has begun on the project.

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Goodbye Tom..

by on August 15, 2008

We previously mentioned that Innoventions was undergoing an aesthetic change and upgrade which included the removal of the Tom Morrow 2.0 character and the Road to Tomorrow theme.

This change over is nearly complete and the new entrances from Future World East and West are getting finishing touches as we speak. Additionally, new guide maps for the two areas are being offered in the park. Those direct guests to further explore Innoventions via the new companion website, which can be found at http://innoventions.disney.com/

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StormStruck packs them in

by on August 15, 2008

StormStruck has opened in Innoventions East and during its first week is proving of interest as it is pulling in the crowds.



The show has a 30-person capacity per 12 minute storm simulation so the line does move pretty slow. This week the switchback queue was full and at times overflowing into the walkway.

If you’re simply interested in checking out the latest attraction in Epcot then be sure to hit Innoventions before the crowds fill in at park opening. Typically the area is deserted until crowds finish their first rides on Soarin and Test Track.

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StormStruck to soft open?

by on July 31, 2008

Rumor has it that the StormStruck show in Innoventions East at Epcot will begin soft openings on Monday, August 4th.

The show takes over a large area of the Innoventions space and is said to be a fairly in depth experience. Guests will enter a house and experience the ravages of a major storm on the structure – with them inside. The second half involves guests getting involved in preventing the demolition of the home by adding new reinforcements and technology that help homes weather the storms in real life.

If well executed this experience may become one of the more popular diversion in Innoventions, drawing a moderate wait time during peak periods akin to “Where’s the Fire?” in Innoventions West.

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Finishing the Innoventions makeover

by on July 24, 2008

Innoventions got a new look with a new color scheme last year. It has become a teal and turquoise theme, which was installed on the main entrances with new signs.

After several permits a few months of sitting on their hands, Disney has finally begun installing the new signage at the secondary entrances to the buildings. Perhaps the millennium tent will also take this new color scheme?

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Tom Morrow 2.0 laid to rest, no mourning please per his request

by on May 4, 2008

Hyper-active and happy-go-luckey robot Tom Morrow 2.0 is no longer part of Innoventions at Epcot. The area is slowly being rethemed and he is apparently not part of that future vision.


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Fanastic Plastic closes in Innoventions

by on April 7, 2008

The long time occupant and fan favorite of Innoventions East, Fantastic Plastic Works, has ceased operation.


The area will become part of a new exhibit for Innoventions, possibly expanding to reclaim some of the unused space where the old Backstage Magic and Epcot Computer Central show used to be.


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Tom Morrow 2.0 is gone

by on April 7, 2008

As part of the updates to Innoventions East and West recently, the little robot character of Tom Morrow 2.0 has been removed. An overall retheme of the area appears to be in progress.

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Waste Management opens

by on February 23, 2008

Waste Management has opened and is an elaborate multi-step interactive game in Innoventions East that takes 4-person teams of guests and involves them in the processes behind the management of.. waste.


Guests queue up to enter a large area behind a full-size green dump truck and hear a introductory speech and then type in some vital statistics into a touch screen. The team choices determine how much waste their team produces on average in a year.


An Innoventions hosts then retrieves a miniature dump truck from the nearby parking lot which has the teams data loaded onto it which will be driven around to various stations for the 3 games to be played to sort, burn, and process the trash into a landfill. The truck lights up and even beeps when it backs up.


The games are fun and require the truck to be docked to record the data and have trash levels based on the team inputs from earlier games. The first game, a trash sorting game, assigns each player a type of trash to sort and uses touch screens as a virtual conveyor belt.


Two other games give players on the team similar tasks to process the waste and eventually awards the team a certificate showing their accomplishments.


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