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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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Raytheon to Celebrate National Engineers Week at Epcot

by on February 13, 2014

©Raytheon

©Raytheon

Did you know that February 16 – 22 is National Engineers Week? To celebrate, Raytheon (the sponsor of Sum of All Thrills) will bring park guests closer to the action and showcase that science really can be fun. At Epcot’s Innoventions West, from February 17 – 21, guests will get to participate in hands on experiments led by real scientists in a show called Raytheon’s “Science Thrills Live.”

During this interactive stage show featuring the host of “The Dr. Erika Show,” guests will get to participate in science experiments such as nucleation-triggered eruption (explode soda), conservation of angular momentum (go head to head against each other in a giant tug of war), thermoplastic recycling (melt milk jugs), and more.

Showtimes are at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. The presentation is free to park guests and will last approximately 20 minutes.

Bonus! Everyone who visits will walk away with a giveaway. Once guests have participated, they can then head over to Sum of All Thrills to utilize more science in an effort to design and experience their own thrill ride.

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Thor: Treasures of Asgard Exhibit Opens in Disneyland’s Innoventions on November 1

by on September 19, 2013

Early this spring, Disneyland introduced their newly-purchased Marvel superheroes to their Anaheim resort in the form of a Stark Industries exhibit at Disneyland’s Innoventions, featuring an Xbox-based virtual experience in Iron Man’s iconic power suit. Starting November 1, the gradual Marvelization of Tomorrowland continues as Stark is joined in Innoventions by his thunder-god pal Thor.

Thor: Treasures of Asagard is an exhibit promoting the November 8th theatrical release of Thor: The Dark World, the second feature film starring Chris Hemsworth as the Nordic immortal. The conceit is that astrophysicist Jane Foster (played in the films by Natalie Portman) has determined that the Bifrost inter-dimensional portal will reopen inside the Innoventions building, and has invited guests to observe its appearance.

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Disney Infinity Annual Passholder Preview Tomorrow at Disneyland’s Innoventions

by on August 5, 2013

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Are you ready to take your home video game console to infinity…and beyond? Disney Infinity, this seasons’s most eagerly awaited videogame release, promises to integrate “sandbox” style open-world gameplay with Skylanders-style physical toys, creating a universe where characters as diverse as Jack Sparrow and Jack Skellington can virtually coexist.

The game and its associated figurines go on sale to the public on August 18, but Disneyland Annual Passholders can get an early preview tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8/6/2013). From 5pm to 10pm, APs get exclusive access to the Xbox 360 area of Tomorrowland’s Innoventions attraction, which will be devoted to Disney Infinity for the next few months. You’ll also get to meet members of the game’s development team, and maybe find a few other surprises.

No advance registration is required for this Limited Time Magic event, but space is limited so you will need to show your valid AP at the attraction entrance.

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Annual Passholder Preview of Disneyland’s Iron Man Exhibit Tonight

by on April 12, 2013

If you are a Disneyland annual Passholder who is eagerly awaiting the next installment in Tony Stark’s superhero saga, you’ll want to head to Tomorrowland for tonight’s (Friday, April 12) exclusive preview of a new Innoventions exhibit. In anticipation of the May 3 premiere of Iron Man 3, a Stark Industries interactive display has been temporarily installed inside the circular building. Guests will get the chance to see Stark’s iconic suits of armor up close, and experience a simulation of strapping one one.

Registration for tonight’s event begins at 1pm at Innoventions; a valid AP is required. Participants can preview the new attraction starting at 6pm, and can stay in the park to enjoy select Tommorowland attractions until 1am.

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Where Do You Nap at the Disneyland Resort?

by on April 3, 2013

photos by Seth Kubersky

As every experienced theme park commando knows, the Unofficial Guide’s number one tip for visiting Disneyland on a busy day (like during 2013′s spring break season) is “arrive early, arrive early, arrive early.” But the flip side is our paradoxical suggestion to stay late during extended operating hours, in order to take advantage of evening entertainment and shorter attraction lines.

Following both recommendations can result in spending a solid 16+ hours inside the park, if you enter at 8am and depart at midnight (a standard peak-season operating schedule). If that sounds more like a death march than a vacation to you, you’re not alone. That leads us to our most frequently overlooked essential epigram of touring intelligence: take a nap! A few minutes (or hours) of shut-eye in the middle of the afternoon will not only re-energize you for the evening, but also offer an escape from the worst wait times of the day. By the way, this advice is just as crucial for adults as it is for children. Even if you never take a nap at home, take the time for a lie-down any day you spend over 8 hours touring. Trust me, you’ll thank us!

Unlike the sprawling Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort is compact and easily accessible from numerous off-site hotels, making it easy for many guests to walk from the park gates to their rooms in less time than it take to retrieve a vehicle from the parking garage. If you are staying on property or within a short stroll of Disneyland, there’s absolutely no excuse not to take a mid-day rest in your room.

However, there are still plenty of visitors who can’t or won’t leave the Disneyland Resort and return again later that day. When you need to recharge, but don’t want to walk off property, where do you go? If you can’t retreat to your room, there are still some quiet corners amid the resort’s chaos where you can catnap. For starters, here are four of my favorite spots to sneak forty winks around the Disneyland Resort.

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Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions Pavilion

by on March 6, 2013

Epcot recently reopened a refurbished version of its initially much maligned Habit Heroes attraction at Epcot’s Innoventions East Pavilion. Originally launched about a year ago, Habit Heroes closed almost immediately due to guest and medical professional concerns about inappropriate messages about weight-related appearance.

This new Habit Heroes does not specifically mention weight, instead focusing on a triad of healthy habits: movement, hydration, and good food choices.

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RoboCoaster going into Epcot Innoventions

by on April 15, 2009

Raytheon’s new exhibit for Innoventions at Epcot exhibit will allow guests to use math and engineering principles to create their own roller coaster, jet plane or bobsled ride, and then experience their customized ride inside a unique motion simulator.

“The Sum of All Thrills” exhibit and simulator experience will be supported by a Kuka robotic arm as well as “Surface” computer technology. Guests will interact with a multi-touch surface table computer to design their thrill ride of choice. According to WDI’s Brent Strong (associate concept designer) in a newsletter to CM’s, “We put the outline of a hill on the table and give the guests a physical protractor and ruler. By simply dragging their fingers along the protractor, they can change the angle of the hill, and using the ruler, alter its height. Add the right amount of energy to the equation, and guests have created their very own experience,”

The attraction will be Innoventions first “ride” experience. It is currently scheduled to open in late 2009.

Update: Attractions Magazine has more info about the attraction.

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