Innoventions (Epcot)

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Innoventions
Innoventions logo.svg
Epcot
Area Future World
Coordinates 28°22′27.44″N 81°32′59.51″W / 28.3742889°N 81.5498639°W / 28.3742889; -81.5498639Coordinates: 28°22′27.44″N 81°32′59.51″W / 28.3742889°N 81.5498639°W / 28.3742889; -81.5498639
Status Operating
Opening date September 29, 1994
Replaced CommuniCore
General statistics
Attraction type Walk-Through with Interactive Attractions
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Host Tom Morrow 2.0 (former)
Audrey Wasilewski (current)[1]
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Innoventions is a museum at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida. It focuses on technological advancements and their practical applications in everyday life. Innoventions is a portmanteau of the words "innovation" and "invention".

Innoventions first opened in 1994 which prominently displayed Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega 32X, Sega CD, and Sega Pico games in an arcade style. There were some "virtual reality" displays (which was basically more advanced video games at the time). Innoventions in Epcot replaced the original tenant of its two semi-circular buildings, CommuniCore. Epcot's version is divided into two buildings known as Innoventions East and Innoventions West. In 1999, Innoventions had a major renovation for the park's Millennium Celebration, and added the subtitle "The Road to Tomorrow". In 2007-2008 Innoventions underwent another major renovation, dropped the subtitle "Road to Tomorrow," and changed its general aesthetic again while also launching the companion website http://innoventions.disney.com

An entrance to the Innoventions pavilion, as it appeared in February 2005. Since this photo was taken, the sign tower in front of the building has been removed, as well as the Mickey wand on Spaceship Earth in the upper right.

Current exhibits[edit]

Innoventions East[edit]

Innoventions West[edit]

Former exhibits and sponsors[edit]

Innoventions East[edit]

Previous logo of Innoventions used from 1994-2007.
  • Apple Computer (September 21, 1994 - January 31, 1998)
  • Bill Nye - The Science Guy (April 15, 1998 - June 1, 1999)
  • House of Innoventions (Closed October 2009)
  • Communications Dream Forum, sponsored by Motorola (October 1995 - May 1, 2003)
  • Discover the Stories Behind the Magic (September 24, 2001 - Late 2002)
  • Disney Interactive (Spring 1996 - September 3, 1997)
  • Disney's Internet Zone, sponsored by Disney.com (Closed July 2007)
  • Don't Waste It!, presented by Waste Management, Inc. (closed June 12, 2011)
  • EPCOT Discovery Center (Fall 1996 - October 3, 1998)
  • Family PC (Fall 1995 - June 1, 1999)
  • Fantastic Plastics Works, sponsored by Society of the Plastics Industry (August 2004 - March 2008)
  • Forests For Our Future, sponsored by TAPPI
  • General Electric (July 1, 1994 - June 1, 1999)
  • General Motors (July 1, 1994 - June 1, 1999)
  • Hammacher Schlemmer (July 1, 1994 - September 1997)
  • Honeywell (July 1, 1994 - Fall 1996)
  • Look Into the Future (October 1, 1999 - February 19, 2001)
  • Magic House Show (July 1, 1994 - Winter 1994)
  • Masco's Magic House Tour (July 1, 1994 - Spring 1995)
  • Mission: SPACE Launch Center, sponsored by Compaq/HP (May 2001 - 2003?)
  • Mr. MIDI (June 1995 - September 1995)
  • Oracle Corporation's Information Highway (October 1995 - September 3, 1997)
  • Web Site Construction Zone, sponsored by GO.com (October 1, 1999 - February 19, 2001)
  • Opportunity City, sponsored by Disney Online and the Kauffman Foundation (2004 - November 1, 2006)

Innoventions West[edit]

Tom Morrow 2.0[edit]

Tom Morrow 2.0, singing and talking about the various areas of Innoventions.

Epcot's Innoventions' mascot for 2000-2007 was a small Audio-Animatronic character named Tom Morrow 2.0, the former host of Disney Channel's "Imagineer That!" shorts. He was removed in the 2007-2008 renovation. Tom Morrow 2.0 recently made an appearance at the Odyssey Building which also features Figment from the original Journey into Imagination ride, and one of the characters from Kitchen Kabaret.

Area music[edit]

The area music played at Epcot is about 20 minutes long and begins with a musical piece by David Arkenstone entitled "Papillon (On The Wings Of The Butterfly)" from his album In the Wake of the Wind. The rest of the music was composed by Russell Brower for Walt Disney Imagineering and is not commercially available. Brower would then compose the music for the World of Warcraft games.

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