EPCOT Center Index
Extinctions, Alterations, Unbuilt Components,
Vacated Sponsors and Things that are the Same


 

 

Widen Your World

 


EPCOT Center

Altered WDW Theme Park

Located:
Center of WDW Property

Opened:
October 1, 1982
 

 

Extinctions (demolitions, removals and massive renovations)

Name

Dates of Operation

Notes

Astuter Computer Revue 1982 - 1984 Communicore East attraction sponsored by Sperry, replaced by Backstage Magic show
Biscuit Barrel 1982 - 1986 UK Pavilion Shop
Magic Journeys 1982 - 1986 Journey Into Imagination 3D film that was replaced by Captain EO.  MJ opened in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland Theater  in 1987
Electronic Forum / EPCOT Poll 1982 - 1991 Communicore East
Travelport 1982 - 1992 Communicore East, sponsored by American Express
Backstage Magic 1984 - 1993 Communicore East, successor to Astuter Computer Revue
Broccoli & Co. 1982 - 1993 Shop in The Land pavilion at exit of Kitchen Kabaret
EPCOT Outreach / EPCOT Teacher's Center 1983 - 1993/1994 Communicore West
Expo Robotics 1988 - 1993/1994 Communicore West
Captain EO 1986 - 1994 Michael Jackson 3D film in Journey Into Imagination pavilion
Earth Station 1982 - 1994 Spaceship Earth exit area
Kitchen Kabaret 1982 - 1994 Land Pavilion animatronics show sponsored by Kraft
EPCOT Computer Central 1982 - 1994 Communicore East interactive game area
Energy Exchange 1982 - 1994 Communicore East location sponsored by Exxon
FutureCom 1982 - 1994 Communicore West location sponsored by AT&T
Communicore (as a name) 1982 - 1994 Became Innoventions
Symbiosis 1982 - 1995 Land Pavilion film, sponsored by Kraft
Odyssey Restaurant 1982 - c. 1996 Future World restaurant adjacent to World of Motion
World of Motion 1982 - 1996 Sponsored by General Motors
Journey Into Imagination (original ride) 1983 - 1998 Dreamfinder character disappeared with this ride, his dragon Figment returned in a later incarnation
Horizons 1983 - 1999 Building demolished, Mission Space built on same site
Food Rocks 1994 - c. 2004  
Wonders of China 1982 - 2003 Original China Pavilion film, replaced by Reflections of China
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Extinct Components (parts of larger wholes that have changed or disappeared)

Name

Dates of Operation

What Changed

The American Adventure's original film segment 1982 - 1993 Film was lengthened and music was rerecorded with new vocals
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Extinct Names Only (no substantive changes made at time of renaming)

Old Name

Dates of Operation

New Name

His Lordship 1982 - c. 1984  
Kasbah Woodcrafts 1984 - c. 1986  
Meknes Potters 1984 - c. 1986  
The Good Turn Restaurant 1982 - 1986 The Land Grille Room
Fine Leather Goods 1982 - 1988  
Arcata d' Antigiani 1982 - 1989  
The Land Grille Room 1986 - 1993  
Farmer's Market 1982 - 1993  
Sunrise Terrace Restaurant 1982 - 1994  
Stargate Restaurant 1982 - 1994 Electric Umbrella
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Extinction Sponsors

Sponsor Name

Dates of Sponsorship

What They Sponsored

The Bell System 1982 - 1988 Spaceship Earth
Kraft 1982 - 1992 The Land Pavilion
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Altered States (original components substantially modified)

Name

Dates of Operation

Original components changes

Spaceship Earth version 1 1982 - 1986 Vic Perrin narration, ambient music for final show scenes
Spaceship Earth version 2 1986 - 1994 Walter Cronkite narration, 20th century show scenes, 'Tomorrow's Child' ending
Listen to the Land version 1 1982 - 1993 Original song and first / last show scenes, ride's name changed to Living with the Land in 1993
Universe of Energy version 1 1982 - 1996 Original pre-show, films, music; some dinosaur scenes
El Rio del Tiempo version 1 1982 - 2007 Slated to reopen mid-2007 with Three Caballeros components
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Nearly Unchanged (older institutions remarkably close to original states of being)

Name

Dates of Operation

Notes

Impressions de France

1982 - present

Film

O Canada! 1982 - present Film
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Unbuilt (projected attractions & features that have yet to see realization)

Name

Last Mention

Notes

Rhine River cruise for Germany Pavilion 1982 Mentioned in Walt Disney Productions' annual reports

Equatorial Africa Pavilion

1984 

Alex Haley consulted with Disney on this concept 

Israel Pavilion

1986

 

Spain Pavilion 1986  
Russian Pavilion 1990 To have included a ride through tales from Russian folkore 
Switzerland Pavilion 1990 To have included Matterhorn ride
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     This list was compiled using a variety of sources, including guide books, other Disney Company publications and my own observations.  Dave Ensign also contributed information, as did Dave Smith.