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  • [Question] How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

    By 1984, Epcot already had a total of 9 attractions including Audio-Animatronics.

    1) Spaceship Earth

    2) Universe of Energy

    3) World of Motion

    4) Horizons

    5) Journey into Imagination

    6) Listen to the Land

    7) The American Adventure

    8) El Rio de Tiempo

    9) Kitchen Kabaret

    and i believe some minor ones in Communicore

    It must have been so expensive to have so many attractions with large amounts of AA's.

    How many A-A's did Epcot have total with all these attractions back in the first couple of years?
    "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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    Re: How Mnay Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

    oops, sorry wrong thread, can a mod please transfer this to the WDW section of the forum.
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      Re: How Mnay Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

      Here's what I've been able to scare up. As is always the case with the internet, accuracy is questionable.

      1) Spaceship Earth - 65

      2) Universe of Energy - 36

      3) World of Motion - 188

      4) Horizons - 54

      5) Journey into Imagination - 26

      6) Listen to the Land - 35

      7) The American Adventure - 35

      8) El Rio del Tiempo - 29

      9) Kitchen Kabaret - 29

      10) Communicore - 1

      Total - 498
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        Re: How Mnay Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

        wow they must have had like 500, that's quite a demand on animatronics back then. Does anybody know the number figures for animatronics on these :

        1) Malestrom

        2) Food Rocks

        3) Innoventions

        4) New Versions of Spaceship Earth

        I know Cranium Command had one
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          Re: How Mnay Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

          Imagination actually lost a bunch of AA's when it got it's horrid makeover. It's gone from 26 (as stated above) to.... 3 (not counting the several static Figment figures in the finale). Sad. Very sad.

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            Re: How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

            I'm not sure if that upsets me more or the fact that the GM Pavilion went from 188 to 0.

            Anyway, Maelstrom has 21

            I can't find anything on Food Rocks, but I'll edit if I do.

            The only one I remember from Innoventions is Alec Tronic. They also had a Tom Morrow 2.0 but I don't know if the two ever overlapped.

            Spaceship earth shouldn't have changed much since there have never really been animatronics in the descent, which is the part that changes most. As an interesting aside, while looking this stuff up I found out that the change from version one of Spaceship Earth to version two in 1986 took only four days!
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              Re: How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

              So, if 1990 was the peak (after WoL opened), and we count the Hypothalamus from Cranium Command as an AA, that would be a grand total of: 522. That is a lotta of robots for just one park!

              Today's total (calculating it now): 226 and dropping. (less than half in fifteen years) That's adding in the Ellen AA at UoE and NOT accounting for how much Spaceship Earth, UoE and El Rio del Tiempo both lost/gained in their recent renovations. Ouch.

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                Re: How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

                Originally posted by goldenstate5 View Post
                So, if 1990 was the peak (after WoL opened), and we count the Hypothalamus from Cranium Command as an AA, that would be a grand total of: 522. That is a lotta of robots for just one park!

                Today's total (calculating it now): 226 and dropping. (less than half in fifteen years) That's adding in the Ellen AA at UoE and NOT accounting for how much Spaceship Earth, UoE and El Rio del Tiempo both lost/gained in their recent renovations. Ouch.
                Agreed, this thread really makes you appreciate how ambitious the original EPCOT Center (1982-1990) really was... and how much it's scaled much since then.

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                • #9
                  Re: How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

                  Yeah, Imagine if World Showcase got Meet the World as originally planned until they worried about WWII veterans, they were spending tons of money on such quality show attractions, too bad Epcot Golden Era is long gone.
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                  • #10
                    Re: How Many Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

                    Really, you go with the World War Two excuse? I prefer the one about how they built the show building too small.

                    Imagine if they built the Rhine River Cruises too. Lousy budget and reality always getting in the way of everything.

                    Also remember, it's not just about Audio-Animatronics. The Original Journey into Imagination had more special effects than all of opening day Magic Kingdom. EPCOT Center swung for the fences.
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                      Re: How Mnay Audio-Animatronics did Epcot start out with?

                      Originally posted by aimster View Post
                      Imagination actually lost a bunch of AA's when it got it's horrid makeover. It's gone from 26 (as stated above) to.... 3 (not counting the several static Figment figures in the finale). Sad. Very sad.
                      The bulk of the static Figments are repurposed from the original though. They'd technically still be AAs, but the refurbishment crew couldn't be bothered to actually program animation for them. Though I could have sworn some had minor movement, like Knight Figment slowly waving his sword.
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