Innoventions
Epcot


Innoventions Sign

INTRODUCTION


Disney World has partnered with a variety of vendors to present the latest in cutting-edge technology at Innoventions. From computers to cutting calories, guests can improve their knowledge with games, films and cast member instruction at Innoventions. The exhibitions change regularly, and most are designed to appeal to guests within a wide range of ages.

Innoventions is located on both sides of the center of Future World, and the buildings are referred to as Innoventions East (on the Mission: SPACE side) and Innoventions West (near The Land).

Innoventions opened in 1994 in the area formerly known as Communicore, which was the home of Epcot Computer Central and the World Key Information System. Since then, it has undergone two major renovations.


ATTRACTIONS


INNOVENTIONS "WEST"


Great Piggy Bank AdventureThe Great Piggy Bank Adventure - presented by T.Rowe Price.

This is one of the best learning experiences in Innoventions. It teaches children (and adults) the importance of saving and planning for the future with concrete examples. Guests actually carry their piggy banks from game to game. The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is something that parents should experience with their children because although the games are appealing to the younger set, some of the lessons might be lost without guidance. The good news is that the games are engrossing enough to keep adults entertained as well. (Opened May 2009)
For more information read our comprehensive blog (with photos) of the Great Piggy Bank Adventure!

Great Piggy Bank Adventure
Great Piggy Bank Adventure

 

Where's the Fire? - presented by Liberty Mutual

Highly Recommended for Families - This exhibition is divided into several hands-on activities. The first is an interactive game house where teams search to find the fire hazards in their "home." Each side of the house has six rooms to explore using special "flashlights." Children 5 years old and younger can learn how to exit their homes in the event of a fire in the Play It Safe Maze. Parents can participate in the maze, too. Nearby, learn how a fire truck operates and get your photo taken alongside the 30-foot rescue vehicle. Currently, this is the largest Fire Prevention exhibit in the United States. (Opened in 2004) For more information read our comprehensive blog (with photos)!

Where's the Fire
Where's the Fire
Where's the Fire

 

THINK - presented by IBM

Through a gesture wall, a short film, giant interactive stations and stories about key innovations, the exhibit explores how we can make the world work better. The film focuses on how progress is shaped through a common and systematic approach. Even with the interactive features, this display is better suited to adults than young kids. It’s just not as engaging as “The Great Piggy Bank Adventure” and “Where’s the Fire?” and the concepts are too difficult for young kids to understand. (Available until Winter 2014.) For more information read our comprehensive blog (with photos)!

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Think!
Think!

 

Exclusive Character Meet-and-Greet - presented by Disney Chase Visa

Visitors with a Disney Chase Visa credit card can enjoy an exclusive character meet hidden from the public and with very short wait times. Characters are based on availability, but often you will be able to interact with more than one character, and sometimes up to three. Guests must present their actual credit card to enter and to receive one complimentary 5 x 7 Disney PhotoPass photo per group.

Disney Chase Visa Character Greet

 

Video Games of Tomorrow presented by Disney Interactive

This area features a variety of video games including "Brave,” “Wall-E,” “Cars 2,” “Toy Story 3” and a variety of popular EA Sports games. Kids as well as adults will find something to amuse themselves here.

INNOVENTIONS EAST


Habit Heroes - presented by Florida Blue and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield


Habit Heroes is an exhibit that teaches guests about healthy lifestyles with hands-on activities, including exercising with motion-tracking technology; a video game with pull-string devices to shoot targets on large screens; and a game that combines teamwork, technology and exercise. At the end, guests can choose a rubber bracelet representing each facet of healthy living: red for activity; green for nutrition; and blue for hydration. In addition, they each receive a map that leads them to a location near Innoventions East to discover a "secret code" that can be entered into the computer kiosks outside the exhibition. Habit Heroes imparts an important lifestyle message for families, but it’s delivered in a fashion that’s hard to relate to. (Reopened January 2013.) For more information, read our comprehenisve blog (with photos)!

 

VISION House – presented by Green Builder Media

This model home showcases new and updated products for the home. The concept behind VISION House is sustainable living through environmentally friendly building choices. This exhibit really is geared more toward adults than children. Kids are unlikely to care that an electronic system can change the temperature of the house and its lights remotely, but homeowners surely are interested in the possibility of saving on their electric bills. Perhaps the biggest wow factor is the toilet in the master bathroom that has its own remote-control system. Users can warm their feet and seat, listen to music and raise the seat without touching it. (Opened on April 22, 2012 -- Earth Day)   For more informaiton read our Grand Opening blog and also our Family Review.

 

 

Sum of All ThrillsThe Sum of All Thrills - presented by Raytheon

This attraction allows guests to digitally design their own roller coaster, bobsled, or jet plane experience and then ride it in a simulator. A similar attraction -- CyberSpace Mountain – is located at Disney Quest, but this version is far more intense. (Be sure to check posted warnings and even try sitting in the test chairs to see if you’re comfortable with the set-up.) Once your design is complete, a cast member directs you to a second-floor boarding area. Here you are asked to take everything out of your pockets and store them in a free locker. Attached to a significantly impressive robot arm are two seats. After you're seated, the cast member lowers a large apparatus over your head and informs you that there is an emergency stop button located between the seats. If at any time the ride becomes too intense, you can slap your hand down on this knob and the ride will immediately stop. (Opened October, 2009) For more information, read our comprehensive blog (with photos).

StormStruck – presented by FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)

Experience the power of a weather event complete with wind, rain and lightening, and learn how best to prepare your home to withstand potential weather damage at this exhibition. In addition, kids can build a storm safety kit, and everyone can participate in the "Weather Safe" Kiosks. Guests begin their experience by picking up 3D glasses and entering a very small theater with three rows, which has seating for approximately 35 people. This virtual reality show is quite realistic, with special effects simulating wind and rain. After the 3D movie ends, there are questions on a monitor at each seat to test a guest’s knowledge of home-protection techniques. (Opened August 2008)

Heed the warning sign outside of the theater: "StormStruck is a simulation of a severe weather event that takes place in a dark theater and includes loud and unexpected noises. This attraction may be frightening to children." Parents, please take this warning seriously. There is a child area outside the theater, so that "child swap" is possible.

StormStruck 3D Movie Stormstruck Computer Screen

StormStuck Certificate Kid's Storm Kit Area


Test the Limits Lab – presented by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Test the Limits Lab is designed to be an interactive, kid-powered test lab. The exhibit's six kiosks allow Epcot visitors to get a hands-on feel for how UL annually tests the safety of more than 18,000 products. Guided by cast members, guests can "implode" television screens, put vacuum cleaners through their paces and even drop 55-gallon barrels on firefighters' helmets to see whether they can withstand the impact. This area is loud, and kids usually love it. (Opened in 2003.)

Take a Nanooze Break – presented by Cornell University and National Science Foundation

View a world that is too small to see at Take a Nanooze Break. The exhibition features a series of interactive displays that allow visitors to manipulate models of molecules and study everyday items at the nanoscale. Plentiful seating is located adjacent to the displays, which makes this a great place for adults to take a break while kids explore for a few minutes. (Opened in 2010.)

Epcot Attractions At A Glance

DINING


Club Cool

Club Cool is the place to go to cool down and sip a free beverage or two. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this "exhibit" situated near Innoventions West, offers free samples of soft drinks from around the world, as well as Coca-Cola merchandise.

The Electric Umbrella, located in Innoventions East, serves lunch and dinner. Menu items include burgers, chicken, and salads. Be sure to check out the tables on the second level for a peaceful break away from the crowds.

Fountainview Cafe, located in the Innovations West area, is an Edy's Ice Cream Shop serving shakes, floats, scoops and sundaes! There is one flavor of No-Sugar Added Ice Cream. Sit outside to enjoy the Fountain show.

Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets


ENTERTAINMENT


The Disney Imagineers are masters at taking a few simple elements, such as light, water and sound, and creating beautiful "attractions." Their expertise is obvious in the Innovention Fountain located in Innoventions Plaza in Epcot's Future World. The elaborate display, designed by imagineer Mark Fuller, is based on a 180-foot x 120-foot oval. Computer-controlled pumps send 29,000 gallons of water per minute cascading down its tiered walls. More than 108,000 gallons of water swirl throughout the fountain.

The fountain "performs" throughout the day every 15 minutes to a random selection of music. For a spectacular view, stand at the end of the fountain facing Spaceship Earth after dark when the fountain is lit. 

At night, the walkways in Innoventions Plaza may become illuminated.

For more information on Epcot Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares WDW Entertainment Website. 

 

TOURING TIPS


Innoventions is VERY loud. There are so many interactive areas and there is lots of stimulation!

Innoventions is a good place to head if it starts raining. Of course, others will have the same idea, but there is so much to look at and interact with, that there is enough room for many guests.

In the evening, be sure to look down at your feet! There are fiber optics in the concrete outside the two Innoventions buildings that light up at night.

Club Cool is often crowded -- especially in hot weather -- and navigating in a wheelchair may be difficult.

In the area behind Club Cool is a hallway featuring large photographs of various inventions by Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company. Hanging from the ceiling in this hallway are large banners featuring the words "Creation," "Collaboration," "Perspiration" and "Inspiration" -- values Walt held close in his business ventures. Back in the Communicore days, this area was an exhibit called Expo Robotics, which was later used as Imagineering Labs.

Don't overlook Where's the Fire! A Cast Member told AllEars® that Walt Disney World had received a guest letter stating that their daughter was at a sleepover a few months after her trip and was able to get her and her friends out of a burning house safely.

KIDS AND CHARACTERS


Character Spot -You can meet Disney Characters here all day long! Visit with regulars like Mickey, Minnie and Chip & Dale, and you just never know who might stop by for a visit! (Disney Chase Visa card members can visit the exclusive meet-and-greet in Innoventions.)

The KIDCOT stations in Innoventions and Future World have closed. They only are located in the World Showcase country pavilions.

 

SHOPPING


MouseGear is the second largest shop on WDW property (World of Disney in the Disney Marketplace is the largest.) It is themed both inside and out with working gears complete with sound effects. The shop sells clothing for kids and adults with areas specific to men and women. There also is an assortment of plush, toys, pins, key chains, magnets, luggage, hats and all things Disney. This is one of the places at Epcot that sells a variety of Epcot-specific merchandise, that can only be purchased within the park. Cast members at each entrance are eager to welcome guests and trade pins.

The Pin Station between Innoventions West and Innoventions East is the hotspot on property for pin trading and purchasing. Pin workshops are held daily by Cast Members. Trading occurs here throughout the day. This Pin Station tends to have the most pins on property. Limited Edition pins may also be available.

The Art of Disney store is one of four on property. Disney collectibles, animation cels, sculptures, and prints are available for purchase or enjoyment. For those on a tighter budget, postcards of some prints are also available.

Inside Club Cool is a gift shop selling Coca-Cola merchandise in several languages.

 

INTERESTING FACTS

 

The magical Innovention Courtyard Fountain has been part of Epcot since opening day. As part of the opening ceremony for Epcot Center in 1982, various countries from around the world were invited to bring water from their homelands to pour into the fountain as a symbol of peace and community.

Innovention Fountains and Spaceship EarthThe original fountains were refurbished in 1993 -- with 304 nozzles and "shooters" that can propel water over 150 feet in the air. It took three months of computer programming to design the water ballets that run every 15 minutes. At night, the fountains take on another dimension as 1,068 colored lights focus on the streams of water.

Innoventions Fountain Facts:

  • 212 MicroShooters located in the upper pool; each propels 2 gallons of water up to 80 feet in the air.
  • 40 MiniShooters located in the lower pool; each propels 5 gallons of water up to 100 feet in the air.
  • 12 SuperShooters located in the upper pool; each propels 50 gallons of water up to 150 feet in the air.

  • 60 Spray nozzles Air accumulators for the SuperShooters� activate with pressures of 30 PSI to 120 PSI.

  • 190,000 feet (35 miles) of electrical wire and 22,000 feet (4 miles) of conduit.

  • If all of the shooters triggered simultaneously, there would be 2,000 gallons of water in the air.

    Note that Shooter�, MicroShooter�, MiniShooter�, SuperShooter� are registered trademarks of WET Design.

Innovention Fountain Musical Selections - The selections played for the water ballets are rotated every quarter hour in no specific order. People always inquire about purchasing the sound track for the regular and holiday shows, but none have been produced.

Music List for Innoventions Fountain Regular Season Shows:

  • Selection from Disney's animated feature "Rescuers Down Under". Soundtrack is available on ITunes.

  • Instrumental from the "Air Battle" sequence from Surprise in the Skies, a former daytime lagoon show at Epcot (Soundtrack never produced for retail sale.)

  • Selection for a proposed Epcot show "Around the World with Mickey Mouse" (Soundtrack never produced for retail sale.)

  • Selection from the Disney live-action feature film The Rocketeer (Soundtrack is available on CD )

  • "Day One" by John Tesh (Song is available on the Tour de France and Live at Red Rock Albums.)

  • "Standing in Motion" by Yanni (Song is available on the Out of Silence, In Celebration and Live at the Acropolis albums.)

  • Selection from the Disney live-action feature film Iron Will (Soundtrack is available on ITunes.)

Innoventions opened in 1994 in the area formerly known as Communicore. Communicore was the home of Epcot Computer Central and the World Key Information System.

Innoventions received a major update in 1999 in anticipation of the Millennium Celebration. The exhibits continue to change as new vendors come onboard.