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Innoventions
Innoventionsentrance.jpg
One of the entrances to Innoventions
Epcot
Land Future World
Theme Future Technology
Opening date September 29, 1994
Hosted by Tom Morrow 2.0 (2000-2007)
Formally Known As Innoventions: The Road to Tomorrow (2000-2007)
Sponsored by Sponsor by Exhibit

Innoventions is a pavilion located in Epcot. The pavilion is divided into Innoventions East and Innoventions West.

Pavilion History

Innoventions opened on September 29, 1994 [1], replacing the CommuniCore pavilions. Like its predecessor, Innoventions was divided into East and West buildings, with a total area of 100,000 square feet [1]. Although the basic idea of Innoventions was essentially the same as CommuniCore, their intents were different. Whereas CommuniCore showcased various scientific exhibits, Innovention's goal was to showcase things that would soon be affecting guests in their home or office on a daily basis [2]. Furthermore, as opposed to the laid back and bright look of CommuniCore, Innoventions was dark and loud in an attempt to gain guest's attention [2]. In this same vein, a new metallic blue color scheme was given to the buildings to further "modernize" them [2]. Other aesthetic changes included the fact that the exterior reflecting pools were filled in to improve guest flow [3], the large windows that made up the walls of the building were covered[3], and the West building was expanded towards the Living Seas [2]. Finally, new entryways were constructed and the pavilion's multilevel interior was changed so that all the exhibits were now on a single level[3].

When commenting on the creation of Innoventions, Disney CEO Michael Eisner had said in the early 1990's that:

"People need a place to experience the near future, a permanent World’s Fair where they can test and try the products that are changing their world" [4]
Inside Innoventions as it appeared in the 1990s

In order to accommodate the new Innovention's exhibits, CommuniCore's exhibits had slowly been phased out throughout the early 1990s [3]. Despite this, due to the massive nature of the project, Disney decided that Innovention's would open in two phases [2], with The first phase opening in 1993-1994 and the second in 1998-1999[2].

When it opened, Innoventions featured exhibits by IBM, Sega, and General Motors (among others) [3]. Since Innoventions was at least partially inspired by a consumer electronics show, the pavilion was less organized then CommuniCore had been, and large advertisements were occasionally present [2]. Besides the exhibits, Innovention's also held three stores, the Centorium, the Art of Disney, and Field Trips, as well as the new Ice Station Cool, which had free Coca Cola samples from around the world [3]. In addition to these stores, Innoventions was also home to the Pasta Piazza Ristorante, the Electric Umbrella, and the FountainView Espresso & Bakery [3].

The first major change to Innoventions came in 1997, when Innoventions West was refurbished [1]. Although most of the exhibits changed when it reopened, some were updated and retained [1]. In 1999, in preparation for the upcoming Millennium Celebration, all of Innoventions (both East and West) was closed for refurbishment. Besides just renovating the exhibits, the 1999 refurbishment also gave the pavilion more order. At this time, all but two of the entrances and exits were closed off, and a path was created for guests to follow [1].

Following the refurbishment, Innoventions was given the subtitle "Road to Tomorrow" and Tom Morrow 2.0 became the pavilion’s host[1]. Finally, the Centorium store (which had been open since the pavilion was known as CommuniCore), was expanded and renamed Mouse Gears[1]. At this time Field Trips was also closed and replaced by the Art of Disney store [1].

Between 2000 and 2007, Innoventions only underwent minor changes. In 2001, the Pasta Piazza Ristorante closed [5], and a kiosk named Discover the Stories Behind the Magic opened [3]. The new interactive exhibit was built as a tie in with the 100 Years of Magic Celebration, and thus it was removed in 2002[3]. The other entrances and exits to Innoventions were also reopened during this time. In 2005, the Ice Station Cool closed, before later reopening as Club Cool. Club Cool was still sponsored by Coca Cola; however the exterior of the building was changed. Also at this time, the Character Connection meet and greet opened to guests. Originally planned as a temporary exhibit, the Character Connection allowed guests to meet Mickey and his friends [3]. The meet and greet location would later be renamed Epcot Character Spot [3].

The next major renovation came to Innoventions in 2007. During this refurbishment the pavilion was updated and the subtitle "Road to Tomorrow" and Tom Morrow 2.0 were dropped [3]. The color scheme of the pavilion was also returned to a powder blue (similar to that of CommuniCore). Following the renovation, a kiosk celebrating Epcot's 25th anniversary opened, although it would close a year later [3]. In 2009, The Sum of All Thrills opened in Innoventions East [6]. The exhibit allows guests to design their own thrill ride, and then enter a motion simulator and ride it. The Sum of All Thrill was thus the first "ride" ever located within Innoventions [7].

In March of 2015, Disney announced that Innoventions West would be closed on April 30, and that the exhibits housed within the pavilion would be removed [8]. This closure coincided with the end of the exhibitors' (Liberty Mutual, IBM and T. Rowe Price) sponsorship agreements [9]. On June 31, 2015 a rest and relaxation area called a D-Zone opened in Innoventions West [10]. Besides housing seating for guests and device chargers, a small snack and beverage stand also opened at this time [10]. In August 2016 Disney announced that The Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck would be closing on September 14, 2016 [11]. The closure of the two exhibits left Colortopia and Take a Nanooze Break as the only operating exhibits left in Innoventions.

On November 12, 2017 The SpectacuLAB opened in Innoventions East [12].

Exhibits History [3] [1] [13] [14]

AUTHORS NOTE: Current exhibits are in bold.

Innoventions East (1994-1999)

Name Opened Closed Sponsor Notes
General Electric 1994 1999 Expanded in 1996
Apple Computers 1994 1998
Magic House Show 1994 1995 Masco
General Motors 1994 1999 New Exhibit in 1996
Hammacher Schlemmer 1994 1997
Comfortville 1994 1996 Honeywell
Information Highway 1994 1996 Oracle Enlarged in 1996
Magic House Tour 1994 1995 Masco
House of Innoventions 1995 1999 Honeywell Replaced Masco's Magic House Tour
Mr. MIDI June 1995 September 1995
Communications Dream Forum 1995 2003 Motorola Replaced Mr. MIDI
Disney Interactive 1996 1997
Family PC 1995 1999 Family PC Magazine Moved and expanded in 1997
(replaced Disney Interactive) moved back in 1998.
Epcot Discovery Center 1996 1997 Moved from Innoventions West
Bill Nye the Science Guy 1998 1999 Moved from Innoventions West
Disney.com Interactive Zone 1998 1999 Gateway

Innoventions East: The Road to Tomorrow (2000-Present)

Name Opened Closed Sponsor Notes
Forests for Our Future 1999 2004 TAPPI Renovated 2001.
Disney.com's Internet Zone 1999 2007 Compaq (2000-?)
Communications Dream Forum 1999 2003 Motorola
The House of Innoventions 1999 2009 Panja (1999-2000)
Whirhpool (2002)
Web Site Construction Zone 1999 2001 Go.com
Mission: SPACE Launch Center 2001 2003 Preview of Mission: Space
Future Cars 1999 2001 General Motors
Look into the Future 1999 2001 Moved to Innoventions West.
Discover the Stories Behind the Magic 2001 2002 Kiosk for the 100 Years of Magic Celebration.
Opportunity City 2004 2008 Kauffman Foundation Also sponsored by Disney.com.
Fantastic Plastics Works 2004 2008 The Society of the Plastics Industry
Don't Waste It 2008 2011 Waste Management Corporation
Kidcot 2004/2005 2006 Play area for kids.
Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure 2009 2012
StormStruck 2008 September 14, 2016 FLASH
Take a Nanooze Break 2010 N/A Cornell University
Environmentality Corner 2005/2006 2012
Test the Limits Lab 2003 January 6, 2015 Underwriters Laboratory Renovated 2009
Habit Heroes 2012 January 2016 Blue Cross Blue Shield Habit Heroes closed on February 26, 2012 following a wave of
criticism regarding its plot line. The exhibit reopened with a new plot in January 2013.
Sum of All Thrills 2009 September 14, 2016 Raytheon
Vision House April 22, 2012 April 22, 2015 Green Builder Media
Colortopia November 13, 2015 N/A Glidden Replaced Vision House
SpectacuLAB November 12, 2017 N/A Murata Replaced Vision House

Innoventions West (1994-1999)

Name Opened Closed Sponsor Notes
Epcot Discovery Center 1994 1996 Moved to Innoventions East.
Lego DACTA 1994 1995 Autodesk Inc. / LEGO
Videonics 1994 1997 Home video editing
Bill Nye the Science Guy 1994 1997 Moved to Innoventions East.
AT&T 1994 1999 Closed with rest of pavilion in 1997 but later reopened.
Discovery Magazine 1994 1997 Updated Annually.
Eclectronics 1994 1998 Hosted by Alec Tronic. Moved across way in 1995
IBM 1994 1997 IBM
IBM: Solutions for a Small Planet 1998 1999 IBM New IBM exhibit following 1997 refurbishment.
Sega 1994 1999 Sega Closed with rest of pavilion in 1997 but later reopened.
Walt Disney Imagineering Labs 1994 1995
Silicon Graphics 1995 1997 Refurbished in 1996.
Inspired By Vision 1998 1999 Replaced Silicon Graphics
Enel / Infobyte VR Presentation 1996 1997 VR = virtual reality
Aladdin's Magic Carpet VR Adventure 1996 1997 VR = virtual reality
Innoventions Pre-Show 1998 1999
Ultimate Home Theater Experience June 1999 August 1999 Lutron

Innoventions West: The Road to Tomorrow (2000-Present)

Name Opened Closed Sponsor Notes
Networked Living 1999 2002 IBM Renovated 2001.
ThinkPlace 2002 2009 IBM Replaced Networked Living
Smarter Planet By IBM 2010 2012 IBM Replaced ThinkPlace
IBM THINK 2013 April 29, 2015 IBM Replaced Smarter Planet
Ultimate Home Theater Experience 1999 2006 Lutron
Beautiful Science 1999 2007 Monsanto
Video Games of Tomorrow 1999 2001 Sega
Medicine's New Vision 1999 2002 RSNA Radiological Society of America
Broadcast Connection 1999 2001 AT&T
Knowledge Vortex 1999 2002 Xerox
Look Into the Future 2001 2007 Moved from Innoventions East
Tom Morrow 2.0's Playground 2001 2007 Introduction to Innoventions
Video Game Playground 2005/2006 April 29,2015 Disney Interactive
Segway Central 2006 2013 Segway
Rockin' Robots 2005 2010 KUKA Industrial Robots
Great American Farm 2005 2008 American Farm Bureau
Too Small to See 2006 2008 Cornell University
Epcot 25th Anniversary Gallery 2007 2008
Slap Stick Studios / What's Your Problem 2008 2011 Velcro
Where's the Fire 2004 April 29, 2012 Liberty Mutual
Great Piggy Bank Adventure 2009 April 29, 2012 T. Rowe Price

Current Attractions

The Sum of All Thrills is the first "ride" to be housed inside Innoventions. Photo credit: Disney

Innoventions East

SpectacuLAB- This interactive show celebrates the basic principles of science in a fun environment.

Colortopia- This exhibit begins with a 30 minute presentation in the "Power of Color Theater", where guests explore the psychology of color. Next, guests go to the color lab where they can play Color Mix 'n Match and Spinning Spectrums. Finally, guests can go to Color Our World, where they are given a magical paint brush to help them paint a white circular room. This exhibit is presented by Glidden.

Take A Nanooze Break- This exhibit teaches guests about nanotechnology through storytelling and interactivity.

Innoventions West

As of 2018 the interactive exhibits in Innoventions West are closed.

Restaurants

Electric Umbrella- A counter service restaurant located in Innoventions East, the Electric Umbrella specializes in cheeseburgers and chicken.

Fountain View Starbucks-Located in Innoventions West, the Fountain View serves Starbucks coffee as well as other snacks and pastries.

Former Restaurants

Pasta Piazza Ristorante- Located in Innoventions West, Pasta Piazza Ristorante was a counter service restaurant that specialized in Italian food (including a Mickey Mouse shaped pizza). Pasta Piazza Ristorante opened in 1994 and closed in 2001.

Shopping

Mouse Gears- The largest store in Walt Disney World, Mouse Gears sells all kinds of Epcot and Disney World merchandise. Mouse Gears is located in Innoventions East.

Art of Disney- Located in Innoventions West, the Art of Disney store sells art from the Disney theme parks and movies.

Club Cool- Located in Innoventions West, Club Cool offers guests free samples of Coca Cola from around the world.

(The Innoventions Fountains) Fun Facts and Trivia [15]

  • Every 15 minutes, the Innoventions Fountain "performs" to classical music. The fountain was designed by Imagineer Mark Fuller.
  • In the wintertime, holiday music plays instead.
The Innoventions Fountain. Photo by Harshlight
  • The Innoventions Fountain can shoot water up to 150 feet in the air.
  • The Fountain send 30,000 gallons of water up into the air per minute.
  • On EPCOT Center's opening day, representatives from 22 countries each poured a gallon of water from their homeland into the Innoventions Fountain.

Music [15]

The music for the Innoventions Fountain is rotated every 15 minutes in no particular order. The seven musical selections that can be heard are:

  • "Standing in Motion" by Yanni
  • "Day One" by John Tesh
  • A selection from Disney's Iron Will (a live action movie)
  • A selection from Disney's The Rocketeer (a live action movie)
  • A selection from The Rescuers Down Under
  • A selection from "Around the World with Mickey Mouse" (a proposed, but never used Epcot show)
  • An instrumental from the "Air Battle Sequence" from the Surprise in the Skies show (Surprise in the Skies was once a lagoon show at Epcot)

Innoventions Pavilion

  • Disney CEO Michael Eisner liked the name Electric Umbrella (the name given to one of Innovention's restaurants in 1994 by Imagineer Rolly Crump) so much that he wanted to use it as the name for the entire Innoventions pavilion [16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.intercot.com/edc/Innoventions/index.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 http://www.martinsvids.net/?s=Innoventions
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Pedersen, R.A. The EPCOT Explorer's Encyclopedia:. United States: Epcyclopedia, 2011. Print
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  5. http://allears.net/din/rest_closed.htm
  6. http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2009/10/sum_of_all_thrills.html
  7. http://wdwnews.com/releases/2010/03/04/it-all-adds-up-raytheon/
  8. http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/innoventions/news/21mar2015-innoventions-west-to-close-in-april-along-with-vision-house-at-inventions-east.htm
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  10. 10.0 10.1 http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/epcot/news/26jun2015-new-d-zone-relaxation-area-coming-to-epcot-next-week.htm
  11. http://wdwnt.com/blog/2016/08/breaking-the-sum-of-all-thrills-and-stormstruck-closing-goodbye-innoventions-at-epcot/
  12. http://www.insidethemagic.net/2017/11/new-spectaculab-show-officially-opens-spark-walt-disney-worlds-epcot/
  13. http://www.extinctdisney.com/#!innoventions-west/dv5v2
  14. http://www.extinctdisney.com/#!innoventions-east/jskmk
  15. 15.0 15.1 http://allears.net/tp/ep/fount.htm
  16. Crump, Rolly, and Jeff Heimbuch. It's Kind of a Cute Story. N.p.: Bamboo Forest, 2012. Print.