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August 13

August 13, 2017 – The Attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure Closes

“Let me get this straight: you brought me back billions of years so you could show me…nothing?”

On August 13, 2017, the Epcot attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure officially closed. Opening on September 15, 1996, the attraction was located in the Universe of Energy and featured a mix of a film and audio-animatronics, hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction also featured Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Trebek, and Johnny Gilbert, teaching guests about how energy is produced, the current sources of energy, and the search for new, renewable sources of energy. Guests sit in a special seating area and watch a series of films, as well as an audio-animatronic diorama featuring a primeval world; the seating sections split apart at this point to move through the diorama before reassembling for the final two films. The attraction was closed to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster attraction.

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July 31

July 31, 2012 – The Restaurant Bistro de Paris Closes in Epcot’s France Pavilion

“Gourmet restaurant located at the 2nd floor.”

On July 31, 2012, after almost 30 years of operations, the restaurant Bistro de Paris closed. Open on June 3, 1984 in the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase, it was originally created due to the success and demand for reservations for Les Chefs de France, and was located in the upstairs area of the restaurant. It specialized in gourmet French cuisine, featuring such dishes as filet mignon and crème brulee. After it closed, it was renovated and reopened in December of 2012 as Monsieur Paul.

July 2

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July 2, 2010 – The Film Captain EO Returns to Epcot

“We are here to change the world.”

On July 2, 2010, in remembrance of pop star Michael Jackson, the 3D musical film Captain EO returned to Epcot for a limited engagement, running until December 6, 2015. This was the film’s first return to Epcot after closing on July 6, 1994. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Rusty Lemorande, and executively produced by George Lucas. It starred Michael Jackson as Captain EO, Anjelica Huston as the Supreme Leader, and Dick Shawn as Commander Bog.

June 21

June 21, 2016 – The Frozen Ever After Attraction Opens in Epcot

“Voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel as you take a musical tour of the wintery world of Frozen.”

On June 21, 2016, the attraction Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion of the World Showcase. Replacing the Maelstrom attraction, the ride has guests boarding a boat and sailing through the story of Frozen and Frozen Fever, complete with appearances from Elsa, Anna, and Marshmellow. The ride also features music from the hit animated feature film.

March 26

March 26, 2003 – The Circle-Vision 360° Film Wonders of China Ends its Run

“I’ve come to show you modern China.”

On March 26, 2003, the Circle-Vision 360° film Wonders of China officially ended its run in Epcot’s China Pavilion. Having run since October 1, 1982, the film gave guests panoramic views of China, ranging from its landmarks to its culture. The film would also be used in alternation with the film American Journeys in the Circle-Vision Theater in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland from 1984 to 1996. In Epcot, the film was replaced with Reflections of China, which was an updated version of the original film with additions of new areas Hong Kong and Macau, as well as updated looks at several popular cities.

January 30

January 30, 2000 – Disney’s “Tapestry of Nations” is the Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show

“Put your hand on the future, share a dream together around the world.”

On January 30, 2000, Super Bowl XXXIV was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. The halftime show at this game was produced by Disney and was titled “Tapestry of Nations,” based on the then-running Epcot parade and inspired by Disney’s millennial celebrations. Several prominent performers were on hand, including Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, and Toni Braxton; there was also an 80-person choir, a full symphony orchestra, and a narration by Edward James Olmos.

October 19

October 19, 1989 – The Attraction Cranium Command Opens in Epcot’s Future World

“Your job, if you can cut it, is to run the most sophisticated information system ever devised.”

On October 19, 1989, the attraction Cranium Command opened as part of the Wonders of Life pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. Like many attractions within Epcot, this was an educational attraction that taught guests about how the brain worked. Guests sit in an auditorium that acts as a “control center” for the brain of a 12-year-old boy named Bobby, and observe as rookie Buzzy is given the controls by General Knowledge. The film was directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, who would go on to direct Beauty and the Beast, and starred George Wendt, Dana Carvey, Charles Grodin, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Kevin Nealon. The attraction closed on January 1, 2007.