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  • Who killed Wonders of Life?

    With the closing of the pavilion, I have to ponder, what went wrong? Although I cannot say I was personally a fan of Body Wars (since it was the same ride system as Star Tours), but I LOVES Cranium Command. It was truly a family attraction that everyone enjoyed. On my last trip, I got to see it. After it was over, the family behind me, said, "Wasn't that a fun?" I think that the attraction exceeded their expectations. That is always good!

    Personally, I think WoF demise was a combination of factors.

    1) Poor location It is hard to find. After entering the park, you have to walk back toward the entrance for quite a distance before you find it wedged behind Universe of Energy. UoE does not get the draw it used to to get more people to WoL. If this pavilion was next to Mission: Space, WoL attendance would quadruple.

    2) Lack of updates It really needed a face lift years ago. The first time I saw it, Met Life was flying their mini-blimp through the pavilion. It added life and motion to the place. People were interested in the shows there too. The pavilion needed a new look and a new ride, to replace Body Wars, and then it would have been more successful.

    The human body is such an interesting topic. I still believe that with some imagination, creativity, and a better location, it would be a hit pavilion.

    Solutions:

    If there was a clear path from the entrance to the left (instead of going through the innoventions area) then people would naturally start at this area of the park. Space can be a curse. Epcot does not use its space economically so it feels like you are walking large distances to get to the next attraction. I am afraid with our modern, over-weight American, that people generally take the shortest distance and skip things if they feel it is not worth the walk. If the trip was closer, they would check it out, especially if it provided some air-conditioning in summer or shelter in winter.
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    Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

    Al Weiss.

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    • #3
      Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

      Originally posted by WDW1974
      Al Weiss.
      In the boardroom, with a magic marker.
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      • #4
        Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

        Losing the sponsor caused them to pull it. The setting with the attractions in the dome looks nice, although none of the attractions inside sound appealing. Another Star Wars style ridefilm and an AA show being the main highlights? Sounds like one of the more expendable pavillions.

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        • #5
          Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

          Who killed Wonders of Life?
          THE BUTLER DID IT!!!
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          • #6
            Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

            Originally posted by yoyoflamingo
            In the boardroom, with a magic marker.

            HA HA!

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            • #7
              Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

              As far as I know from insider info...what really killed "Horizons" most of all was it's onw building. There were concerns about the integrity of the building itself which was apparently not aging well.. Rumors that the building could deteriorate and collapse in the future gave Disney reasons to pull the plug altogether and bulldoze. That is what I was told. Not sure if this is the one and true reason.

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              • #8
                Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                Look at how uninviting the exterior is.

                http://miceage.com/kevinyee/ky010306b.htm

                The vegetation totally obscures the pavillion.

                Body Wars is one of EPCOT's few thrilling attractions, and the pavillion is not that old. The lack of attendance has to be due, at least in part, to the appearance of the exterior.

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                • #9
                  Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                  I think it was the lack of guests that killed the pavillion. It never had anyone in there in the recent years.
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                  Brodie: Hey, now, be fair. EVERYONE wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                    Poor Cranium Command. That was a good show. Yes, it needed to be updated... but it was a good show...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                      Originally posted by Gemini Cricket
                      Poor Cranium Command. That was a good show. Yes, it needed to be updated... but it was a good show...
                      I agree, but I still get a kick out of seeing Hans and Frans. Too bad youger kids don't
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                      • #12
                        Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                        wow... we were just in that pavillion on the 30th, im glad we went and did cramium command and body wars... we probably were there the last chance people had to go... the entire pavillion was severely outdated though, im going to miss my favorite cramium command though... gotta love that show...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                          Originally posted by PragmaticIdealist
                          Look at how uninviting the exterior is.

                          http://miceage.com/kevinyee/ky010306b.htm

                          The vegetation totally obscures the pavillion.

                          Body Wars is one of EPCOT's few thrilling attractions, and the pavillion is not that old. The lack of attendance has to be due, at least in part, to the appearance of the exterior.

                          Like everything from the EISNER era, it was underfunded when it opened and suffered with a short life span.

                          That's why Pirates of the Caribbean is still more popular than Body Wars.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                            I liked Body Wars and I liked Cranium Command (I liked Food Rocks, too, but I think (know) I like Soarin' more). I just hope that something replaces it and fairly quickly. That is quite a bit of real estate they have there.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Who killed Wonders of Life?

                              which leaves a strange question to me.... the day before al's update i was at the pavillion and though it didnt look as well as usual... there were normal crowds in the pavilion... people were waiting for 10 miniuites to see the next show of cramium command, and i waited at least 5 miniutes in line to get on body wars... this is odd because al's update shows that noone was in the pavillion at all

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