WDW Update: Epcot

Safari Steve

D23 Expo Here I Come!!!
Aug 27, 2000
Just spent a lovely day at Epcot, thought I should pass along some things I saw.

This year's Flower and Garden Festival is very nice. Lots of great things to see and do. Most noteworthy:

An eclectic mix of sculpture along the brick pathway between Innoventions West and Imagination, as well as floating sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie floating in the water near Imagination.

Two wonderful Kids' gardens: The New Kids' Garden at the Outpost in World Showcase, which is themed to river restoration and water conservation; and Disney's Doggone Maze, which features returning topiaries of famous Disney canines as well as a tropical Stitch topiary, and large sand-pit with buried dog bones for the kids to dig up.

American Trees display at the American Adventure pavillion. Several of the trees involved were seeded from actual historical trees or trees somehow connected to famous Americans, from George Washington to Elvis Aaron Presley.

Aside from F&G, some other items of note:

Journey into Imagination with Figment has recieved some added props within the ride (furniture, paintings, "smell tanks") that make it look more like an institute. Not terribly exciting, but I thought it helped the look a bit.

New in the ImageWorks is Doctor Allbright, an atmosphere performer who takes pictures of guests with the "4.0 Megapixel Kodak Easyshare" digital camera (it's about 5' wide by 3' tall).

The Diver Lockout chamber is being used for SCUBA demonstrations at The Living Seas.

There are two new manatees at The Living Seas. One was orphaned, the other was badly injured in a boat collision, losing a large portion of its tail fluke.

Living with the Land has some new crops on display as part of their salute to international food production in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Mary Poppins and the Pooh characters are in the UK pavillion throughout the day.

Characters from Beauty and the Beast are in the French pavillion throughout the day.

A mural of the spacecraft is now visible on the wall inside the entrance to Mission: SPACE. The opening crew will begin training on Monday.

Through the 7th, GM's Auto Show in Motion is taking place in the Epcot parking lot. You can test drive a Hummer H2 on a special "off-road" course, and check out several other new GM vehicles. Sign up at www.autoshowinmotion.com
Thanks for the post SS, based on your update, I am going to spend a little more time at Epcot this trip

Thanks for the info Steve. Now I'm even more excited, I just love the F & G Show. Haven't missed it for the last four years.

Thanks for the info. I have to say, I thought you were going to have the inside scoop on a new parade...Guess we all just have to wait.:(
oh man - the hummer is only through the 7th?! Oh well - guess I'll need to test drive it here.. :smooth:

Actually I heard that it's a pretty rough ride....

Thanks for the report! We are SO looking forward to getting down there - and my two boys (teenagers) are particularly looking forward to Epcot. The 14 year old loves different cultures, and the 19 year old is a techno nerd....:)
Safari Steve -

Thanks for the inside track! My girls are going to love the Doggone Maze with Stitch.

Can't wait for our May 11-16 visit. Any chance we will catch you?


Thanks, Steve. You are always bringing us great info, I truly appreciate all you do :)
My roommate, who works for Saturn, tells me that GM has just launched a "24-hour test drive" program. You have to sign up and I think they check references, then you can take any vehicle on the lot home overnight.
:D Thanks for sharing Safari Steve!! Always love hearing any new info :D Now I only wish we could be there sooner:(


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