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  • [Question] Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

    I'm weird. I know.

    It occurred to me last night that the Universe of Energy does not have a shop at the exit like most other pavilions do. I wonder why this is? Is energy related merchandise not popular? Does Exxon have so much money they don't care about merchandising?

    I think they have the room for it in the exit area.

    Personally, I think they could sell a lot of stuff. Besides the standard t-shirts and tchatchkes, they can sell solar powered toys and inventive things like that.


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    Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

    Because it's the only pavillion not to get the extensive structural remodeling or rehauling that every other pavillion has gotten since opening day that brought about the modern gift shop trend?

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    • #3
      Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

      This would have made a lot more sense back in the attraction's 80's heyday, back when it was every little boy's favorite attraction in the park. Dinosaur Fever was hitting its stride, and animatronic dinosaurs weren't as common back then.

      Besides, it's not like most of the gift shops sell thematically appropriate items anyway. If you're not a pin collector, you're out of luck if you want attraction-unique merchandise these days.

      There are certain exceptions, of course, but even these seem kind of generic. That's just my opinion, though.

      It's a shame, because a vintage 80's Universe of Energy dinosaur t-shirt would have been pretty cool. But I guess a keychain featuring featuring Jaimie Lee Curtis as Ellen's ex-roommate would be pretty cool, too.
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      • #4
        Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

        Shhh! They'll hear you.

        :blink:

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        • #5
          Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

          Exxon doesn't sponsor UoE any longer.

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          • #6
            Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

            Wow, I would actually buy something from this gift shop if it existed!
            Speaking of UoE, anyone know what the upcoming 3 month rehab will entail? Restoring turned-off effects, I hope??
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              Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

              Turned off effects?

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              • #8
                Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                Rehab? Please tell me they're finally getting rid of Ellen.

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                • #9
                  Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                  Originally posted by aimster View Post
                  Rehab? Please tell me they're finally getting rid of Ellen.
                  Nope, just refreshing the pavilion.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                    Originally posted by mikeland View Post
                    I'm weird. I know.
                    We still love you Mikey.

                    But remember.. when EPCOT Center opened, NONE of the rides had gift shops at the exit. Personally, this is one of those things that I wish had never been implemented. I remember coming out of Star Tours at DL on my first ride and thinking... "how despicable of them to have a gift shop at the exit!"

                    But in regards to Universe of Energy.. HUSH!! don't give them any ideas. I also remeber the Centorium used to sell lots of attraction specific merchandise back then as well... as opposed to the HSM crap they sell now that has nothing to do with EPCOT.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                      Originally posted by aimster View Post
                      Rehab? Please tell me they're finally getting rid of Ellen.
                      Yes, but they're keeping Alex Trebec.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                        I think that a store with dinosaurs and science projects (like a solar cells) would do well. They sell some science related stuff like that at the Kennedy Space Center.
                        However, I'm not sure at this point where they could fit a gift shop?
                        There isn't a ton of room by the exit, as you can see in these picture:
                        Free high resolution pictures Disney World - Epcot - Future World - Colorful building columns of Universe of Energy / Ellen's Energy Adventure
                        Free high resolution pictures Disney World - Epcot - Future World - Universe of Energy / Ellen's Energy Adventure with Spaceship Earth in the background
                        And, tacking on something to the building would ruin the shape and symmetrical design of the structure, IMHO.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                          Disney themed science kits featuring Doctor Luwig Von Drake or maybe Gadget (more obscure but still awesome) There is money to be made for those with Imagination!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                            Originally posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
                            Yes, but they're keeping Alex Trebec.
                            Well that's ok... he's cool.

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                              Re: Why isn't there a store at Epcot's Universe of Energy?

                              Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                              We still love you Mikey.

                              But remember.. when EPCOT Center opened, NONE of the rides had gift shops at the exit. Personally, this is one of those things that I wish had never been implemented. I remember coming out of Star Tours at DL on my first ride and thinking... "how despicable of them to have a gift shop at the exit!"

                              But in regards to Universe of Energy.. HUSH!! don't give them any ideas. I also remeber the Centorium used to sell lots of attraction specific merchandise back then as well... as opposed to the HSM crap they sell now that has nothing to do with EPCOT.
                              Right and also Communicore (now Innoventions) was the place where the sponsors actually put a lot of their promotional items, but they too weren't gift shops.

                              That was 1982, before the massive beat you over the head merchandising started at WDW.
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