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  • EPCOT was the second theme park at Walt Disney World and originally opened as Epcot center

  • on October 1st, 1982.

  • {Walt Disney} Epcot will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are

  • emerging from the creative centres from american industries.

  • Many of the original Epcot Centre attractions were great storytelling vehicles.

  • They were designed to educate the public on subjects such as technology, transportation

  • and nature.

  • A lot of these old rides and attractions were fan favourites but as our world progressed

  • so did the attractions leaving a lot of them as defunct pieces of the past.

  • Many people reminisce about the old days at Epcot but there are many hidden reminders

  • of these lost attractions; you just need to know where to look.

  • So while exploring the park’s history, today were gonna be counting down the Top 5 Hidden

  • Secrets of Extinct Rides at Epcot.

  • Number 5 One of the opening day attractions in 1982

  • was World of Motion.

  • This omnimover dark ride was sponsored by General Motors and took you on a humoured

  • journey through the history of transportation.

  • here at the World of Motion shows how people from thought the ages have searched for and

  • found better ways to get from here to there.

  • With 24 different show scenes that included over 100 animatronics, it was similar to Spaceship

  • Earth except it only spoke about transportation.

  • Well, in the mid 90s the attraction began to see a major decrease in popularity and

  • Disney decided to close World of Motion in January of 1996, making it extinct.

  • Test Track would become the replacement and after months of delays and complications the

  • ride officially opened in March of 1999 and General Motors remained the attraction’s

  • Sponsor.

  • Disney reused the original World of Motion building creating a new experience where you

  • took on the role of a crash test dummy going through testing procedures.

  • This version of the ride was actually a lot of fun.

  • Well in 2012 GM’s contract was up and Chevrolet became the attraction’s new sponsor.

  • Test Track received a complete overhaul which meant getting rid of the realistic crash test

  • scenes and creating new environments that were much more futuristic looking.

  • Well this new version of the ride actually allowed Imagineers to incorporate some tributes

  • to World of Motion.

  • This here is the old World of Motion Logo and if you look at the right side of the wait

  • time sign, you can see the logo is hidden in the corner.

  • You can also spot the logo on the trash cans as well as in the loading area right here.

  • As you make your way into the outdoor portion of the ride, there’s a few more hidden details

  • that are really easy to miss.

  • The first is the brownish sign on the left which shows a futuristic city similar to the

  • original model for Epcot.

  • Well the finale of World of Motion showed this modern city and the sign acts as a little

  • reference to that scene.

  • It’s also pretty ironic that after the capability test, theres what looks like a very similar

  • futuristic city and I think it’s safe to assume it also references the scene from World

  • of Motion.

  • Now immediately after the first sign, youll see this other sign with some letters and

  • numbers.

  • Well if you read this acronym out loud it says Fun to be Free and that’s actually

  • the name of theme song from World of Motion.

  • {Music} together a care, to do what you wanted to do its fun to be free.

  • Again, the World of Motion logo can be found on this sign as well.

  • In the new Epcot logos released at D23 to go along with the park’s transformation

  • thats already underway, it seems as though theyve brought the old World of Motion

  • Logo back.

  • We can only imagine that this is the new official logo for test Track.

  • So with the original intent of Test Track 2.0 making a callback to World of Motion,

  • is seems as though it’s a full circle moment as it becomes an official part of Test Track.

  • Number 4 Heading into World Showcase, Malestrom opened

  • with the Norway Pavilion in July of 1988.

  • This water based dark ride took you through many scenes depicting the sprit and charm

  • of Norway from the mythological trolls of the Viking Days along with the Polar Bears

  • of the arctic and oil rigs of the seas.

  • Malestrom continued to draw crowds since it was only one of two rides in World Showcase

  • but in October of 2014 Disney closed the ride to make way for a new experience.

  • In June of 2016 Disney opened Frozen Ever After as a response to the wildly successful

  • animated film Frozen.

  • Now theres quite a stark contrast between the reality of Malestrom and the fantasy world

  • of Frozen so there isn’t much leftover but there are a couple things to take note of.

  • Since Frozen Ever After used the same ride system and track as Malestrom, the longship

  • ride vehicles were reused so this begins to create a little sense of familiarity in the

  • attraction.

  • Next when you head into Elsa’s Ice Palace, this was where you were able to find the three

  • headed troll on Maelstrom.

  • {Trolls} Over the falls!

  • As you were sent back there was a swirling light effect and if you look up at the ceiling

  • on Frozen Ever After youll see this same lighting effect is still being used but that’s

  • not all.

  • During the Polar Bear scene on Maelstrom, you were able to find these puffins on the

  • left hand side.

  • Well after your ship passes marshmallow and heads down the drop, youll find the puffin

  • animatronics from Maelstrom on the right hand side.

  • Recycling these figures into the snowy mountains outside of Elsa’s Ice castle acts as one

  • of the most noticeable tributes to the extinct Disney ride and reminds us that the spirt

  • of Malestrom still lives on.

  • Number 3 The Germany Pavilion is incredibly vibrant

  • and although it’s never had an attraction, it is home to an extinct attraction concept.

  • The Rhine River Cruise was a water based dark ride that was supposed to have a home right

  • here in Germany.

  • It was said that you were supposed to experience the history and culture of Germany as you

  • traveled past famous landmarks down Germany's most famous rivers.

  • Well Germany was an opening day Pavilion in 1982 and during the initial construction,

  • part of the show building was already built that would have housed the load and unload

  • areas.

  • It was planned for phase two but like many of the World Showcase pavilions, phase two

  • never happened so the Rhine River Boat ride was cancelled.

  • Well if you head to the back of the pavilion towards the restaurant, theres a mural that

  • covers the back wall, and this is actually where the entrance of the Rhine River boat

  • ride was supposed to be.

  • If you knock on the wall, you’d hear its hollow and up close it looks very temporary.

  • Originally this wall had wooden gates but Disney covered the opening to this building

  • around 1987 and never spoke about the attraction again.

  • I mean everyone loves a classic Disney water based dark ride and it’s really unfortunate

  • that this one never made it into Epcot.

  • Maybe one day Germany will get its very own ride but for now, beer and pretzels it is!

  • Number 2 Step into the Future with Horizons.

  • Step into the future today.

  • To celebrate the park’s one year anniversary, Horizons opened on October 1st 1983.

  • Sponsored by General Electric, Horizons was another omnimover based dark ride and took

  • you through scenes that envisioned what the future would be like.

  • By using audio animatronics and intricate show scenes, it was Disney storytelling at

  • its finest and combined all of the pavilion ideas of Future World into one attraction.

  • It was a fan favorite but shortly after GE pulled out as a sponsor in 1993 Horizons closed

  • unannounced in December of 1994.

  • However this wasn’t the end since it reopened a year later in December of 1995 since World

  • of Motion was set to close in January to make way for Test Track and the now extinct Universe

  • of Energy was down for refurbishment.

  • This unexpected reopening gave Horizons an extra 3 years of operation then it was closed

  • again, this time for good, in January of 1999 once Test Track began its soft opening.

  • Now there is a rumour that Horizons closed due to a large sinkhole around the attraction,

  • but whether that’s the actual reason for closing or not, the building was demolished

  • by July of 2000.

  • Its pretty crazy to think that’s almost 20 years ago.

  • Then in August of 2003 Disney officially opened Mission Space leaving the days of Horizons

  • in the past.

  • Now with Mission Space you get the chance to experience a mission to mars and passing

  • through the queue before your mission youll find this gravity wheel.

  • Horizons had a scene where the family was walking through their own gravity wheel but

  • the gravity wheel in Mission Space has one specific hidden tribute to Horizons.

  • In the centre of the wheel youll find the Horizons logo and this is not the only place

  • at Mission Space Where you can find it.

  • After exiting the ride, if you head through the gift shop the cash desk has a very obvious

  • Horizons logo on the front of it.

  • So the attraction isn’t complexly forgotten about but there is one more Horizons remnant

  • left over.

  • This planter right here in front of Mission Space is the same planter that used to be

  • in front of Horizons.

  • If you take a look at this google maps view youll see its in the same irregular hexagon

  • shape as the former show building

  • Number 1 Another Future World attraction that you weren’t

  • able to find on opening day at EPCOT centre was Journey into Imagination which opened

  • in March of 1983.

  • This one of a kind omnimover dark ride featured two protagonists, Dreamfinder and Figment,

  • who explored the power of imagination through vibrant show scenes.

  • One of the most memorable scenes was where we were introduced to these characters.

  • {Dreamfinder} Youve got a Figment.

  • Oh

  • figment of imagination.

  • {Figment} Dreamfinder i’m just right!

  • {Dreamfinder} Not quite!

  • Look Figment some new friends have joined us

  • {Figment} Can they Imagine too?

  • {Dreamfinder} Of course, Imagination is something that belongs to all of us.

  • {Figment} Everyone can think of new things.

  • {Dreamfinder} Thats right figment.

  • The sequence operated on a turntable and there were 5 identical scenes rotating simultaneously.

  • Well in October of 1998, Journey Into Imagination closed to make way for what was to be a substantial

  • improvement to the original ride, but later we found out this was far from reality.

  • The current version of Journey into Imagination with Figmnet does not include the Dream Finder

  • but there is a little hidden tribute to this beloved Disney parks character.

  • As you make your way into the sound lab, the very first door it reads Dean Finder which

  • is a little play on words and tribute to the Dream Finder.

  • Now just when you thought that 1998 would be the last time anyone would see Dreamfinder’s

  • Dream Mobile, well youre wrong and just in luck because one of the 5 vehicles still

  • exists to this day at Epcot.

  • Mousegear opened on October 1st, 1999, one year after the original Journey Into Imagination

  • closed.

  • The amazing Imagineers incorporated one of the Dream Mobiles into the store’s cog and

  • spoke theme.

  • Although its missing some pieces such as the plaid cover on the back, it is one of the

  • 5 original vehicles from the ride hidden right in plain sight.

  • Now with the transformation of Epcot fully underway, MouseGear is getting a total revamp

  • and is set to close sometime in very early 2020.

  • The concept art for the transformation from D23 shows a complete retheme so if you find

  • yourself at Epcot be sure to get one final glimpse of the Dream Mobile before it flies

  • away forever and becomes a figment of our imagination.

  • So what’s your favorite hidden secret from Epcot and if you could bring back just one

  • of these extinct rides, which one would you choose and why?

  • I’d love to know!

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