Before I proceed with this post, I must disclose that I do not dislike Ellen DeGeneres. I wouldn’t want anyone to be confused on that point. I DO like Ellen. Her Energy Adventure? Not so much. I’ve discussed in the past the Walt Disney World Attractions I could live without. Today I’m taking that one step further by confessing this: If there were a SINGLE attraction I would do away with at this very moment and replace it with something (anything!) better, it would be in Epcot’s Future World. The attraction I find the weakest of all (although it is, undeniably and excellent place to take a nap)…The once-interesting and semi-entertaining Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
The problem? It’s called FUTURE World. Ellen and her buddy, Bill Nye (of Science Guy fame) embarked on the current version of their adventure in 1996. NINETEEN-NINETY-SIX!!! Let’s look at five good reasons for Disney to consider alternatives to Ellen’s Energy Adventure…
1. 1996 was a long time ago. Technology has come a LONG way since then. Times were different. Ellen and Bill Nye were a lot younger, sure, but advances in energy and the way humans think about fossil fuel and the future of energy was as different as the fashions of the time. As an illustration of how much time has passed, I’ll share with you a picture of our family at Walt Disney World in 1996 and our family last May:
3. Future World as a whole is in dire need of modernization. It’s not just Ellen’s attraction. Compared to what Epcot once was, compared to the charm and beauty of the World Showcase…Future World (basically half of Epcot) has undeniably deteriorated to just a few interesting or enjoyable areas/attractions. So much wasted potential saddens me.
4. It wouldn’t take much to “plus” the attraction (as Walt Disney would have said). Ellen and Bill Nye could certainly make a return visit for another rousing discussion of energy or the space could be completely reimagined. Makes no matter to me – Future World needs more “future” and the available real estate is right there in Universe of Energy.
5. The scenes I know nothing about. Why is there an attraction in Epcot with scenes I haven’t experienced? I fall asleep! Every. Single. Time. I have never, in the past 19 years, ridden Ellen’s Adventure and managed to stay awake for the entire attraction. I always wake up for the dino part – it’s my favorite.
Are you a fan of Ellen’s Energy Adventure? What changes would you make to Future World if you could?