- EPCOT, Walt Disney Company
- Bob IgerCEO Walt Disney Company
Update/refurb the Wonders of Life Pavilion
- EPCOT, Walt Disney Company
- CEO Walt Disney Company
I am writing with regards to a certain attraction shrouded within decades of Epcot's history, sadly missed but with its subject matter now important than ever before.
The attraction I am picketing for attention is the Wonders of Life pavilion, once opened in October 1989 to educate others about health and biomedical innovations, but sadly closed in New Year's Day, 2007 for convention space.
So far, throughout the course of its history, the Wonders of Life pavilion has held many titles: the first to have an innovative thrill ride for its time (Body Wars), the first to tackle controversial topics in a respectful manner (The Making of Me), and the first to successfully educate and entertain guests on the body (Cranium Command), medical innovations, and the adoption of health habits in an inviting and interactive manner (Fitness Fairgrounds). It was also the first pavilion in Future World to harbor numerous attractions types (excluding Communicore) based on the same theme.
Since closure of the pavilion, we now face an epidemic of lifestyle related diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) easily solvable by adoption of health habits. However, trying to convey the message has not been easy, especially with Habit Heroes being retooled from negative feedback dating February 2012. To date, Habit Heroes in its current form has actually proved an exhibit worthy of bringing interest to Wonders of Life, had it still been around.
Regardless of opinion, guests also have a right to get to know their bodies in an interactive, but in the most memorable manner possible (in fact, Wonders of Life is deemed most memorable according to an independent survey). The original pavilion building, now lifeless and nearly abandoned (few valiant people have confirmed the existence of the pavilions previous artifacts and their current conditions) is now occupied for special events, when there are other spots (Millenium Village, Odyssey, or other) that could be refurbished and used instead.
Regardless of the need for sponsor involvement to refurbish and update the pavilion for a new generation, there could be many approaches to this. While restoration is an obvious choice (as done for Captain EO), time have changed (again, taking into consideration of the values, concerns and troubles faced by today's society), and it has to reflect upon those respectfully.
If Epcot has to portray itself as an innovative part of Disney World, then it should not neglect the one part of innovation that remains relevant to our society: life and health. And closing and "forgetting" the Wonders of Life pavilion is proving a grave disservice to not just those who remember the pavilion and its attractions during their vacations at Walt Disney World in their youth, but for the next generation to come.
Life and health cannot be swept under the rug any longer.
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