YouTube Allows Disney Nerds to Relive Extinct Theme Park Attractions

The Disney nerd community recognised a sad anniversary yesterday. It’s been 20 years since the ride Horizons closed at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World. But there was one bright spot. People were able to share home videos of the beloved “extinct attraction” on YouTube. Read More >>

Disney’s Avatar Land Shows Why It’s So Hard to Keep Epcot Futuristic

Do you remember Avatar? It was released seven years ago as the single biggest movie of 2009. But unlike other sci-fi blockbusters with broad family appeal, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone today begging for a sequel, let alone clamouring for theme park rides based on the film. But that’s just what we’re going to get next summer at Walt Disney World. The company announced that Avatar Land will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park during the summer of 2017. And the fact that it’s opening long after anyone cares about Avatar shows precisely why it’s so hard to keep Disney’s Epcot theme park “futuristic.” Read More >>

The FBI Worried About Communist Spies Invading Disney’s EPCOT

Disney’s Epcot theme park in Florida includes exhibits of countries from around the world, staffed by student ambassadors from those countries. But before the theme park even opened in 1982, the FBI was concerned that EPCOT (an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) might become overrun with Communist spies from China, Poland, and the Soviet Union. Read More >>