Fun Find Friday
November 30, 2012
Location: Future World Central, Epcot
It's hard to believe that this is already our 100th
Fun Find Friday article. What's really mind boggling to me is the
fact that if 101
you typed in the address for this page
weeks ago you'd come to absolutely nothing. In
fact, it reminds me of an often overlooked phenomenon at Epcot
located just around the corner from where
first Fun Find Friday took place!
The ground found throughout Epcot is quite an
amazing thing. In fact, let's take a look at a history of it, before
we get to why the picture above is so fascinating. As I have
stressed through the past 100 weeks, Disney is amazing at theming.
In fact, that excel at it. However, if you go through the four parks
in order of when they opened you will notice how each park seems to
build upon the previous parks idea of how to theme specific areas.
While walking through the Magic Kingdom, for
instance, pay close attention to the ground (with the exception of
New Fantasyland and Liberty Square). You will notice that the
majority of these areas are just giant blocks of one sole color that
fit in with the surroundings. It's kind of dull, especially when
going from New Fantasyland's unbelievably themed ground to
Tomorrowland's concrete blocks. It makes you want more out of the
theming of the area.
So when Disney built Epcot, the idea of adding new
elements to the ground to help with the theme began to come into
being. For instance, very small and subtle changes in the ground
found throughout World Showcase help transition guests from one
country to the next, while the area in front of Mission: SPACE helps
tell the story of space exploration long before guests enter into
the building. So where am I going with this?
If you look at the picture above it's very simple.
But the Imagineers wanted to leave guests with a sense of wonderment
and all around idea of the future being a marvelous place. Their
solution? Make the ground a futuristic wonderment for guests exiting
the park at night. So when the sun sets the ground found in the
picture above suddenly transforms to this:
It's a very simple, yet very effective effect that
shows guests that Future World does feature some amazing things that
could be found at homes around the world in the future (I think this
would be very cool in my kitchen at least). The lights don't stop
there, however. If you explore the walk way in front of Innoventions
West, there are three more pairs of lights awaiting you:
And there you have it. Something that wasn't there
during the day that is miraculously there at night. I would like to
thank everyone out there for joining us again on this week's 100th
Fun Find Friday. It's been a lot of fun writing these articles each
and every week and I've loved the responses we've received from
readers during the time. But of course, 100 articles has only just
begun to scratch the surface of the fun finds awaiting you in Walt
Disney World! We'll see you next week!
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