Future World
in the Recent Past, Part 2
Yestercot at Yesterland.com
 
Last month, I ran part 1 of a 2-part article comparing photos of Future World from a few years ago to similar photos taken recently. Here’s the conclusion.
Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland, December 26, 2008    
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Direction sign near the base of Spaceship Earth, 2002
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Direction sign near the base of Spaceship Earth, 2008

Most of the multi-panel sign is unchanged, but the top and bottom panels changed. The Living Seas became The Seas with Nemo & Friends. You can no longer “Leave a Legacy.” That means you can no longer have your postage stamp-sized face(s) etched on a metal tile and mounted on one of the massive polished granite slabs at the entrance to Epcot for a fee of $33 for one face or $38 for two faces. Instead, the bottom panel now answers the guests’ most common question.


Future World of the Recent Past
Sign at the entrance to The Land, 2004
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Sign at the entrance to The Land, 2008

The Land has a new sign. But the big change is that the pavilion is now hidden behind a forest instead of rising behind a few palm trees.


Future World of the Recent Past
The Land pavilion, 2002
 
Future World of the Recent Past
The Land pavilion, 2008

Backing up a bit from the other pair of The Land photos reveals that the pavilion is the same, but the landscaping in front of it is completely different. By the way, did you notice that there were more palm trees in 2002 than in 2004?


Future World of the Recent Past
Interior of The Land pavilion, 2003
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Interior of The Land pavilion, 2008

Soarin’ wasn’t the only change made to The Land between 2003 and 2008. Disney addressed the chronic lack of seating at the Sunshine Seasons food court by removing the fountain. The changes to the decor speak for themselves.


Future World of the Recent Past
Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land pavilion, 2004
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land pavilion, 2008

It appears that someone decided that the Garden Grill Restaurant needed a more contemporary, less “country” sign and check-in counter.


Future World of the Recent Past
Exterior of The Living Seas pavilion, 2002
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Exterior of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, 2008

As part of the transformation of The Living Seas into The Seas with Nemo & Friends, the exterior gained colorful sealife graphics as decorations. A new sign based on the logo of the 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo replaced the old sign that used the classic font from the early years of EPCOT Center. The best change is the addition of the delightful seagulls that squawk, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”


Future World of the Recent Past
Interior of The Living Seas pavilion, 2002
 
Future World of the Recent Past
Interior of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, 2008

In the upper picture of the The Living Seas interior, guests would still exit by way of the “Seabase Exit” and “return to surface via Hydrolators.” The lower picture shows that there’s now a simply an “exit to Future World” through a gift shop.

Most of the pairs of photos in this 2-part series are examples of changes that many guests are unlikely to notice. For example, who really remembers that The Land had a different sign and isolated palms instead of a dense forest as landscaping?


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