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|Opening date||September 29, 1994|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Host||Tom Morrow 2.0 (former)|
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 innoventions.disney.com.
Former exhibits and sponsors
- 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)
- Habit Heroes (February 2012 - January 2016)
- 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)
- StormStruck, presented by FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) (August 26, 2008 - September 14, 2016)
- The Sum Of All Thrills, presented by Raytheon (October 14, 2009 - September 14, 2016)
- Take a Nanooze Break, sponsored by Cornell University and the National Science Foundation (2010-2015)
- Test the Limits Lab, presented by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (2003-January 6, 2015)
- VISION HOUSE, presented by Green Builder Media (2010-2015)
- Rockin' Robots' sponsored by KUKA Industrial Robots
- The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, sponsored by T. Rowe Price
- Alec Tronic
- Beautiful Science, sponsored by Monsanto Company
- Bill Nye - The Science Guy
- The Broadband Connection, sponsored by AT&T
- Discover magazine
- Enel/Infobyte VR Presentation
- Inspired by Vision
- Knowledge Vortex, sponsored by Xerox
- LEGO Dacta
- Medicine's New Vision, sponsored by The Radiological Community
- Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, Sega 32X, Sega Pico, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, sponsored by Sega
- Segway Central
- Slap Stick Studios, sponsored by Velcro
- Silicon Graphics
- Time Warner
- Video Games of Tomorrow, sponsored by Disney Interactive
- Walt Disney Imagineering Labs
- The Ultimate Home Theater Experience, sponsored by Lutron
- Tom Morrow 2.0's Playground
- Epcot 25th Anniversary Gallery
- THINK, presented by IBM (February 20, 2013 – January 1, 2015)
Tom Morrow 2.0
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.
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, along with Arkenstone, would then compose the music for the World of Warcraft games.
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- "Epcot: Sum of All Thrills, StormStruck closed". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Richardson, Savannah. "4 Notable Refurbishments Coming at Walt Disney World's Theme Parks". themeparktourist.com. Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Epcot's Innoventions West to close at Disney World for overhaul".
- "IBM THINK Exhibit Opens at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot". IBM.com. IBM. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
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