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  • [Question] World of Motion Future City

    Way back when, in the glory days of EPCOT, there used to be a wonderful attraction called World of Motion. At the climax of this attraction, your vehicles would go past a model of a futuristic city. It was a really spectacular site, and was one of my favorite parts of the attraction.
    Alas, I was never able to get any photos of it. Is there anyone who has photos of this that they can put on this thread? I'd be very appreciative if you can. Thanks.
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    Re: World of Motion Future City

    The city was actually called CenterCore, and it always fascinated me as a kid. Trust me, as a huge World of Motion fan, I've looked extensively for pictures of that model, but I've never been able to find one. If anyone can post one here, I would also love to see it.

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    • #3
      Re: World of Motion Future City

      It was very hard to photograph, due to the lighting and the available technology of cameras of the day. Since it was based on dark lighting primarily, flash wouldn't work.
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      • #4
        Re: World of Motion Future City

        I tried and tried and tried to photograph the CenterCore model back in the 80's, with depressing results. I don't think I got a single picture of anything more than a few colored dots of light on a black background. I do have some old Betamax video footage, but once again given the video camera technology of the period (this was before camcorders - you had to physically carry a 20 pound portable VCR around the parks along with a full-size camera) you can't see much.

        I too would love to see pictures of this model.

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        • #5
          Re: World of Motion Future City

          Here's the best I could find. At around the 21:30 mark of this video, you can see some dark and blurry (but extensive) footage of the model. You might need to let it buffer for a while though.

          World of Motion – Ultimate Tribute - Martin's Videos

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          • #6
            Re: World of Motion Future City

            So how did you guys know that the city was named CenterCore? Not doubting you, but I never saw that in any of the info. Thanks.

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            • #7
              Re: World of Motion Future City

              thanks for the video. It is hard to see, but even that took me back. Damn! How Disney ripped my memories away when they took it out! That really was a spectacular ride!
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              • #8
                Re: World of Motion Future City

                Originally posted by danyoung View Post
                So how did you guys know that the city was named CenterCore? Not doubting you, but I never saw that in any of the info. Thanks.
                Lots of reading up on it. I remember the ride well enough visually from my childhood, but I've had to really look up some information to jog my memory and identify what I remember seeing. Apparently the name from the fact that the model occupied the very large space at the center of the wheel-shaped World of Motion building. This web page talks a little bit about CenterCore at the bottom.

                For what it's worth, here's a piece of concept art for the model that seems to capture its spirit well enough. It may not be completely accurate, but at least it's clear.

                And agreed on WoM being a spectacular ride. Sorry Test Track fans, but the newer ride will never be able to fill the void that World of Motion left behind.

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                • #9
                  Re: World of Motion Future City

                  I also have fond memories of World of Motion, but really, for me it was one of the weaker AA type rides. I always went on it, but then I always went on the Imagination ride too. I really enjoy Test Track, and I understand Disney's desire to put more of a thrill element into Epcot. But I wish they'd done Test Track more in the classic AA style.

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                  • #10
                    Re: World of Motion Future City

                    Test Track pales next to the World of Motion attraction. I adored the vignettes and the story telling of the original ride.

                    I don't see the allure of riding 65 mph in a convertible at a Disney park. Can't we do that anywhere in the world and not have to pay Disney for the experience? Test Track isn't special or even repeatable, in my opinion, while World of Motion was.

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                    • #11
                      Re: World of Motion Future City

                      Originally posted by lynxwiler View Post
                      Can't we do that anywhere in the world and not have to pay Disney for the experience?
                      No you can't experience a 65 mph 45 degree banked turn, anywhere in the world. The intensity of that part of the ride is totally unique, but sadly the rest of the ride is kinda so-so.

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                      • #12
                        Re: World of Motion Future City

                        Originally posted by danyoung View Post
                        I also have fond memories of World of Motion, but really, for me it was one of the weaker AA type rides. I always went on it, but then I always went on the Imagination ride too. I really enjoy Test Track, and I understand Disney's desire to put more of a thrill element into Epcot. But I wish they'd done Test Track more in the classic AA style.
                        Could agree with you more. While Test Track was/is quite unique in its own right, its just not as good as what it replaced.
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                          Both Test Track and Mission Space were downgrades compared to what they replaced
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                          • #14
                            Re: World of Motion Future City

                            I've just watched that video (linked above) and I'd forgotten just how wonderful Motion was. Its a shame that these days everything has to be interactive etc. Why not sit back and let and attraction tell you the story.

                            As for the city - I'll be honest I can't actually remember it. I remember the speed tunnel and the Pepper's Ghost sequence but the city just doesn't ring any bells. Even after seeing it on the vid.
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                            • #15
                              Re: World of Motion Future City

                              World of Motion, Horizons, Journey Into Imagination and Spaceship Earth were CLASSIC Disney attractions. The loss of World of Motion and Horizons was huge. On the level of storytelling (which is what Disney is known for) neither Test Track (a good attraction) nor Mission Space (an adequate attraction) live up to the standard that their predecessors set.

                              World of Motion in particular was an upbeat and funny attraction with a great musical score. The comedy version of It's Fun to be Free which was played in the queue was one of my all time favorite Disney theme park songs. I have such great memories of EPCOT in its golden age. This attraction was one of the highlights.

                              I'D be THRILLED if they'd keep the Test Track ride technology but add some of the scenes, story and music from World of Motion. Give Test Track an actual storyline and heart and it would be a GREAT attraction. Right now, it has only the lightest theme necessary to make it pass as Disney quality. It is a great ride technology to be sure, but it sure does lack the heart and soul of World of Motion.

                              It almost hurts to see the old video. Too much was lost in this case and replaced with cold heartless whizzbang technology. When people complain about EPCOT losing its way, the loss of World of Motion is one of the big reasons.

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                              • #16
                                Re: World of Motion Future City

                                ^Could not agree with you more. When I looked at the video of Motion I lamented the sheer optimism that those old attractions gave.

                                I did wonder if it was just a case of looking back with fond nostalgia, but no. Motion et al had a purpose.
                                Test Track doesn't really educate, it just shows you the testing process. OK so maybe that's the bare minimum that the initial brief they were given by GM, but if you're comparing like for like, Motion offered much more.

                                I often wonder who's to blame more for the loss of such attractions. The general public for claiming they're "lame, out of date" etc. or Disney for pandering to them and building a thrill ride instead.

                                Of course, you can't blame the latter entirely, you've got to please the crowds or you'll get nowhere.
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                                • #17
                                  Re: World of Motion Future City

                                  Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                                  When people complain about EPCOT losing its way, the loss of World of Motion is one of the big reasons.
                                  It also was one of the first to go, paving the way for others to follow. I sorely miss World of Motion and Horizons, as well as the original Journey Into Imagination.

                                  Back to the question, I think I have seen a model picture of the city in an old EPCOT book. My parents might actually have it so I'll try to remember and ask tomorrow!
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                                  • #18
                                    Re: World of Motion Future City

                                    I didn't realize this thread would generate so much melencholy regarding the classic masterpiece. There is some comfort that so many others share the same view.
                                    Yeah, EPCOT really lost its way. Looking back, I used to spend a lot more time in Futureworld than I do now.
                                    I guess I have to have some of that Disney optimism, and hope that someday, it will find its way again.
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: World of Motion Future City

                                      Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                                      When people complain about EPCOT losing its way, the loss of World of Motion is one of the big reasons.
                                      Yet with all of the love for these former attractions being expressed here (and I also miss WoM and especially Horizons), these 2 attractions were among the least attended in WDW. Think about it - during the last few years of either attraction they were pretty much a walk-on at any time of day. It's too bad that the bulk of folks visiting don't think the same way as we do, but it's a sad fact.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: World of Motion Future City

                                        Never got a chance to experience World of Motion, My first trip to WDW that I can remember (I was born in Florida and my family used to go to Disney World all the time but I was under 2 years old.) Was in 1999 and Test Track was a brand new attraction.
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