One of the longer attractions that a guest can experience at Walt Disney World is Universe of Energy, located in Future World of Epcot.
That is not to say that it is not well worth your time. In fact, many enjoy not only the humor that is offered but also the educational opportunity within. Besides that, if the day is getting long and hot for you and your family, the cool interior of Universe of Energy can be a welcomed respite.
Anyone wandering around the Future World of Epcot would be hard pressed to miss the pavilion that Universe of Energy is located in. It is the mirrored pavilion to the northwest of Mission: Space. That mirrored surface is not only aesthetic, but holds two acres of solar panels that actually generate a significant portion of the power required to operate the attraction.
Still similar to the original attraction, Universe of Energy was changed in 1996 to include a new character, Ellen DeGeneres. With Ellen’s Energy Adventure, guests are treated to her special comedic talent as they learn about the world of energy.
In the pre-show, guests find themselves introduced to Ellen who falls asleep and starts to dream about the TV game show Jeopardy! The game show revolves around energy and Ellen is not doing very well as a contestant. From here, guests are loaded into six seating areas in a large 180-degree theater.
In that theater, a short film is shown where Bill Nye the Science Guy takes Ellen back millions of years to learn about fossil fuels. Then, those seating areas start to move and you realize they are a large ride vehicle which ends up taking you through a primeval diorama complete with audio-animatronic dinosaurs for some more educational opportunities with Ellen.
After that, back into a theater for another Ellen film showing current and future sources of energy. Finally, the theater vehicles go back into the original theater where Ellen shows she has learned quite a bit about energy and wins the Jeopardy game.
All in all, quite a relaxing and enjoyable time for most. The diorama section can be a bit frightening for the younger ones, so keep that in mind.
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