Announced at the D23 expo, Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Walt Disney World’s Epcot will be taking guests on their final adventure on August 13. Originally known as The Universe of Energy, this pavilion contained a slow moving dark ride. It premiered on opening day, October 1, 1982, and was sponsored by Exxon through 1996. The current version of the Epcot attraction features a show entitled Ellen’s Energy Adventure, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye. The Universe of Energy pavilion was an innovation in energy technology as the entire roof was covered in 80,000 solar cells that partially powered the ride vehicles. Visitors were transported through the attraction in large battery-powered “traveling theatre cars” that followed guide-wires embedded in the floor, allowing a very smooth ride. So smooth and in great air conditioning, some park goers enjoyed a long nap in this attraction after a hot Orlando day. The ride is greatly known as a ride through a prehistoric era complete with audio-animatronic dinosaurs.
The current version lightened the attraction up by including Ellen, Bill Nye, and even Alex Trebeck with a brief Jeopardy clip. When it reopened as Ellen’s Energy Adventure, the dinosaurs had been repainted in brighter colors, more animatronics were brought in, and featured a more up-tempo musical score. Disney often includes hints of past rides in the new attractions that take over that space. Will Ellen and Bill Nye make a cameo? Will the dinosaurs be kept? This is a huge space for Disney Imagineers to work with as they have announced the newest attraction based on The Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Not many details were made except that this will be a completely different type of attraction than the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout! from Disney’s California Adventure. The only teaser given to make the blend into Guardians entering Epcot is this photo Disney released of a young Peter Quill aka Star Lord visiting Epcot as a child. Will our coaster addicts miss Ellen’s Energy Adventure?