Some Jerk With A Camera: 30 Years of EPCOT: The 1990s and 2000s

Some Jerk concludes his three-part EPCOT retrospective with a look at how the park has tried to enhance its image from the 1990s to today.

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Join Some Jerk With A Camera on location at Disneyland, California (and occasionally other theme parks!) for a series of whacked-out, irreverently irrelevant digress-alicious trips through some of the best and worst attractions and paraphernalia theme parks have to offer!

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53 Comments on "Some Jerk With A Camera: 30 Years of EPCOT: The 1990s and 2000s"

Crossover Princess
Guest

Did you ever hear about what happened at Soarin’ one Christmas? The line was 7 HOURS LONG! TV tropes pointed out you could have gone to the airport, got on a plane and get to Disneyland to ride their Soarin’ in less time.

Also as I said I’m going to Disney World this fall… if I ride Mission Space, I’m riding the safe version. Don’t get me wrong, I love both Thrill Rides and spinny things, but even I think a NASA grade centrifuge is a bit too much…

starfall42
Guest

It’s kind of telling that “Soarin'” seems more popular at Epcot than at California Adventure — it’s the whole “why recreate California IN California?”

It does make sens that they wouldn’t retheme it. “Soarin’ over Florida” would be pretty dull.

PMEdward
Guest

I figured, given Epcot’s world-scope nature, they could have rethemed it to have a broader scope “Soarin’ Over Earth” or something.

englanddg
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Rumor is “Sourin’ Over the World” is in the works. They didn’t change the movie because they wanted a ride to guzzle up guests in a park that is lacking attractions, and it was the fastest and cheapest to just clone the California ride. Which…is what they did. But, the film and projection units are getting pretty old and worn out. Seeing artifacts on the film (dust, hairs, etc.) that, when projected, are about 3 – 4 feet long on the screen, is not uncommon. I suspect they’ll be looking into the IMAX curved screen 3D tech with digital projectors… Read more »
englanddg
Guest
It’s also a function of what is available at the two parks. There is just much less to do at EPCOT, certainly less at an E-Ticket Thrill level. In fact, one could argue that while Sourin’ is certainly an E-Ticket at EPCOT, it’s possibly even a D-Ticket (or even a C-Ticket) at DCA due to the variety of other high thrill options that are available. DCA may be maligned by Disneyland fans, but it leaves WDW and EPCOT fans jealous. Post Carsland (which has the West Coast version of the Test Track ride system), it boasts 21 rides (give or… Read more »
MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014
wow jerk you got it good.I really likes the ellen’s energy adventure ride that was there(it had her playing jepordy with albert einstein how could you not like that ride.)loved the kyle kallgreen cameo and perfect timing too sense he’s left channel awesome for new endevors.I’m so sorry you didn’t get to ride test track and you had to wait but hey you could go back there right now in 2015 and ride it.besides that though,I didn’t ride soarin or the three caberos ride cause we spent a short ride because my mom didn’t find epcot that impressive(besides test track… Read more »
simsgirlgem
Guest

OMG OSWALD EARS I WANT THEM I WANT THEM

SpazzMaster
Guest

NO! MINE! YOU CAN’T HAVE THEM! I FOUND THEM! THEY CAME TO ME! *gollum gollum*

simsgirlgem
Guest

*pulls out keyblade* BACK THEY’RE MINE

SpazzMaster
Guest

WE HAVE A HULK! And he ALSO is wearing Oswald Ears!

simsgirlgem
Guest

I Have a Genetic experiment *Stitch stands next to her*

SpazzMaster
Guest

Oh yeah? I have the OTHER 625!!!! Plus Leroy!

bcroker
Guest

One of my favorites of yours Tony! Love the Ellen ride mocking itself bit and your Matthew Broderick/Cam Clarke impression! One of your best man! You continue to be hilariously informative and entertaining! Though keep on the lookout. I heard tell about these mice that can crawl inside the human brain….

minespatch
Guest

Hi Oancitizen. Bye Oancitizen.

lonewolf23k
Guest

Y’know, now that Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars, it would be a great opportunity to use the room in Epcot to create Star Wars and Marvel Superhero rides.

Steve the Pocket
Guest

Epcot’s not really the place for that anyway. Epcot is about real stuff.

Hell, instead of hiring Bill Nye to co-star in one of their attractions, maybe they should have gotten him and his cohorts to design one or three, since he knows so much about making science attractive. Him, or the people behind “The Magic School Bus”.

…Ah, what the hey, might as well just throw subtlety to the wind and literally just make a Magic School Bus ride. How could you possibly do a better job of making an educational theme park ride than that?

englanddg
Guest

Agreed. Frozen has no place in EPCOT. But, it’s a losing battle, and not one for this forum (there are plenty of places online where this has been hashed out to death).

englanddg
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As a side note, I personally think they should give over Innoventions E and W to CES and/or TED to operate. There’s also a lot of unused space in the Innoventions buildings, specifically West, between the Ghiradelli, the Meet and Greet and the Cool Spot. It used to be a large theater (which I believe is still there) where guests would have an interactive presentation and get to see the computing core of EPCOT…and part of it was repurposed for the EPCOT “history” display (which is now closed and gone, except for the timeline sign which the Jerk uses a… Read more »
CaptainRoland
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I wish I could go to EPCOT soonner than later in Spring with my girlfriend (or a group or an orgy group of friends) if I had one and visit and do stuff there with any attraction to visit and expeirence.

CaptainRoland
Guest

But thanks Jerk your 3 part review was truly entertaining and informative.

Loneheart
Guest

“and now Pizza” I can shenanigans! Only Jerk Jerkman got pizza while the rest of us got a dead imaginary dragon

SpazzMaster
Guest

Whom I am alone in mourning…

*looks off into the distance as the penny whistle solo from My Heart Will Go On plays*

The Duderino Man
Guest

I didn’t know that Jerk had such lovely feet!

Patch
Guest

wow, G.G. Allin and The Murder Junkies references.

killakissa
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“Nothing” perfectly describes Wonders of Life, along with the Odyssey Restaurant. Great places for cast members to take a nap-er- break. A friend of mine who was starting off as an Imagineer got to work on Test Track and Mission space. Apparently, as an “initiation rite” they would put the new guys on the Orange version of Mission space. And that was the only time that EX-MARINE would ever go on that ride again. S(Tony’s Head)arin’ is also the ride with the most fights because you should never allow that many boozed up and exhausted tourists into such a narrow… Read more »
Spiritkitten
Guest

That’s why I don’t look at the wait lines anymore when I go to Disney World, I plan my day at the parks around the fast passes, I skip the lines though really the only place I love to hang out at Epcot is Japan…yeah I love me my anime. And their clothes/kimonos are just SOOO pretty!

englanddg
Guest

Fastpasses, as they were, no longer exist. So, now, pretty much EVERYONE plans their day around Fastpasses. Thanks MyMagic+ and MyDisneyExperience!

Browncoat
Guest

At least this review struck the right balance between educational and entertaining. EPCOT apparently could learn something from this Jerk! 😀

ThreeStoogesFan
Guest

The Maelstrom ride is being replaced with a Frozen ride, and I personally think that is a good decision. I went on Maelstrom, and in my opinion was a big let down.
With the huge success of Frozen, and it taking place in Norway, it makes sense to me to have a Frozen attraction in Epcot’s Norway pavilion.
The big question on my mind is, “What will the Frozen ride be like? Can’t wait for the plans to be revealed.”

englanddg
Guest

Frozen does not take place in Norway. It takes place in a fictional land called Arendelle, which is VERY loosely influenced / based on Norwegian (and other nordic) cultures. The story itself (while chopped and rehashed so badly even Walt would blush) is very loosely based on a Danish fairy tale.

englanddg
Guest

Frozen is coming…

kagezero23
Guest

i heard that Frozen is suppose to get an area that spans from Norway and into the small open space between Mexico and Norway. What they should have done is just leave Norway alone and stuck their Frozen area in Wonders of Life since Body Wars is now just spare parts for Star Tours. Or just shove their Frozen are in Hollywood Studios where the Backlot Tour was since they closed that too.

englanddg
Guest
There are larger plans for Hollywood Studios. And, that backlot area has a lot to do with them. Expect Star Wars, and likely an expansion of Pixar Place. And, yes, that rumor you heard is pretty accurate about Frozen and Norway. It’s more than a reskin/rework of Maelstrom. “Norway” is turning into “Arendelle” in everything but name and a few other things (the Stave Church will stay, as will Kringlas Bakery, etc…)… But, in the end, it sort of breaks the world showcase theme, imho. I don’t mind the inclusion of characters in World Showcase, when done well. And, I… Read more »
stylecheetah
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Oh god, Mission Space….I remember going on it when I was about eight or so, and I didn’t think too much of it heading in. This sense of dread hit me as I saw the face of this one guy stepping out, but I didn’t want to wimp out on what appeared to be a kiddy ride. Boy was I wrong; that initial takeoff rattled me more than Rock n’ Rollercoaster, and I had a raging headache for the rest of the day. I really wish they would add more to Epcot. Personally, my family and I love the world… Read more »
MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014

what will your next episode be about.so many questions

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