Epcot is filled with learning experiences -- from farming to energy, space to technology, and culture to geography. But one area that Epcot doesn’t focus on anymore is human life – at least not since the closure of the Wonders of Life Pavilion. This area, which opened in 1989 and closed in 2007, had offered experiences such as glimpses inside the body and the brain (Body Wars and Cranium Command), a sweet film about where babies come from (“The Making of Me”) and a presentation featuring cartoon clips that promoted healthy habits (Goofy About Health).
Now, the pavilion is used as Epcot’s “Festival Center,” and is only open during events such as the Food and Wine Festival each fall and the Flower and Garden Festival in the springtime. But what about the other seasons? This valuable space could be repurposed to bring more “life” to the Wonders of Life Pavilion – every day of the year. Here are 5 things that Disney should do with the space.
1. Update classic attractions
The new Pixar movie “Inside Out,” which will be released in June, follows the five emotions inside a girl’s head. Cranium Command put people inside a boy’s head. Why not update the old Cranium Command attraction with a new “Inside Out” theme? Also, Body Wars could be updated much like Star Tours, with different scenarios so it’s not just the same experience every time.
2. Get physical
If kids (or adults) need to let out some energy, they could scale a rock-climbing wall (maybe with a special prize for reaching the top), or play physical video games that get them up and moving. In addition, the games that will soon be leaving Innoventions West, such as Where’s the Fire and the Great Piggy Bank Adventure, could find a new home in this pavilion.