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Ellens Energy Adventure HD – Ultimate Tribute

by admin on Feb.24, 2010, under Epcot, Future World, Walt Disney World

Ellens Energy Adventure HD – Ultimate Tribute from Martins Videos on Vimeo.

Go back to 1996 to see the changes made to Epcots Energy pavilion – both inside and out. See the big problem in the summer of 1996, why the original show returned from the dead, and see all the issues of showing the old show with the new infrastructure including a non-Radok preshow.

Back to present day, have a look around the exterior of the 2009 pavilion, then see the full preshow shot multi angle and flicker free with a clean live / ALD audio mix. Walk into Theatre One, and begin the trip with a full theatre one show shot multi angle and flicker free with a clean stereo live / ALD narration audio mix. Journey through the diorama for complete multi angle / clean live audio coverage, arrive in Theatre Two for the K-NRG radio loop, then see the full Theatre Two film again shot multi angle and flicker free and again with an ALD/clean live audio mix, followed by the Theatre One finale transition and films, again shot Multi angle, flicker free with clean live / ALD audio. Take a look around Theatre One as the lights come on, then exit the pavilion for another look around during both day and night. 56 minutes long.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Nathan

    WOW. I had completely forgotten how the ride was before the big refurb!
    Thanks, Martin!!!

  • Donn Murphy

    It is wonderful to see here the two superb theme park effects in the original version of the pavilion: The revolving Radok Cubescreen, and the brilliant mirrored theatre with its virtual infinity of animated motion, viewed from moving vehicles. Perhaps some day Disney documents will be made public, revealing the identity of the aesthetically-challened decider who ordered the destruction of Radok’s brilliant cubes, and the removal of the mirrors, then green-lighting a lame and stale comedy for a unique, brilliantly conceived pavilion experience. The challenge in “renewing” the show was to update its message, not destroy the ingenious theatrical effects and reduce the experience to an inept “Quiz Show.” Martin has done a great service in documenting a major Disney blunder — probably second only to the people-mover fiasco in California.

  • Donn B. Murphy

    Herewith is a visual record of the two superb theme park effects in the original version of the Energy pavilion: The revolving Radok Cube Screen, and the brilliant mirrored theatre with its virtual infinity of surround animated motion, viewed from disorienting moving vehicles. Perhaps some day Disney documents on the pavilion will be made public, revealing the identity of the insensitive aesthetically-challenged “deciders” who ordered the destruction of Radok’s brilliant cubes, and the removal of the mirrors – and then “green-lighted” a lame and stale comedy for a unique, brilliantly conceived pavilion experience. The challenge in “renewing” the show was to update its message, not destroy the ingenious theatrical effects, reducing the experience to an inept “quiz show.” Martin has done a great service in beautifully documenting a major Disney blunder — probably second only to the people-mover fiasco in California.

  • Amy

    It is wonderful to see here the two superb theme park effects in the original version of the pavilion: The revolving Radok Cubescreen, and the brilliant mirrored theatre with its virtual infinity of animated motion, viewed from moving vehicles. Perhaps some day Disney documents will be made public, revealing the identity of the aesthetically-challened decider who ordered the destruction of Radok’s brilliant cubes, and the removal of the mirrors, then green-lighting a lame and stale comedy for a unique, brilliantly conceived pavilion experience. The challenge in “renewing” the show was to update its message, not destroy the ingenious theatrical effects and reduce the experience to an inept “Quiz Show.” Martin has done a great service in documenting a major Disney blunder — probably second only to the people-mover fiasco in California.

  • Eric Paddon

    I consider it a badge of pride that I have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen “Ellen’s Energy Adventure.” For this video, I only watched the first part dealing with the 1996 overhaul and the awkward temporary reprieve the original program received because it still bothers me to this day that the majesty and artistry of the original program was dumbed down for the sake of an approach rooted in lame comedy tied to a trendy celeb of the moment (regardless of what one thinks of her as a personality it is simply wrong to tie ANY Disney attraction meant to last for decades to someone trendy of the day).

    The original Universe of Energy was a program that wasn’t talking down to the audience, it simply treated a serious subject with respect and used the tools of Disney artistry to inspire the audience to think more about these issues. What a pity that the naysayers got to carry the day for so long with their “it was a boring show” philosophy (an idea that seems to have especially taken root in the minds of a lot of Disneyland based people who never saw EPCOT or WDW for that matter in its early years; the “tribute” video put out by the now defunct Extinct Attractions Club all but insults the show at every possible opportunity).

    I hope someday when these idiots at Disney finally take out this lame and stale concept that is still playing today, they have the guts to put in a new program that recaptures the seriousness of the original and using simple Disney artistry to elevate it beyond “stale lecture” just as the original program did. And also, bring back both songs that were such a vital part of the pavilion too.

  • Greg

    Martin,
    A big HELLO from New York! I have to say you are nothing short of AMAZING!! I have been watching your videos on youtube for years and they never get old. The details and the countless facts you add to your videos is just terrific. Recently, I was stopped by a family exiting the EPCOT monorail, they noticed my homemade HORIZONS t-shirt and they asked me if i knew of your website. At the time i didn’t.. i knew of your work on youtube and horizons1.com, but now i am eternally grateful for running into them and being able to now watch such exquisite work about all my favorite extinct attractions! Thank You for all your hard work! Keep it up and never let people forget about the greatest attractions that once graced Future World in Epcot. It is much appreciated!

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