The SpectacuLAB Interactive Show Set to Debut at Epcot in November

Every day, guests have a blast exploring their imagination, creativity and curiosity at Innoventions at Epcot.

Today Disney announced that Innoventions will welcome The SpectacuLAB, an engaging new interactive show this November. In it, guests will be invited to join a group of real scientists, and their tech-savvy intern, for a series of thrilling experiments that put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test. Through this funny and fascinating show, guests of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the demonstrations and discover how each scientific principle has inspired amazing technologies we enjoy today.

To bring The SpectacuLAB to life, Walt Disney World will collaborate with sponsor Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of advanced electronic components, and Science from Scientists, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve STEM literacy at schools.

Baymax Now Greeting Guests at Newly Expanded Epcot Character Spot

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Epcot’s Character Spot happily welcomes Baymax to the lineup in a newly expanded space in Future World.

Guests can now meet the squeezable character at the Epcot Character Spot in Innoventions West. In even more good news is that guests will also still be able to interact with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy too! They will be located on the opposite side of the breezeway.

Colortopia Exhibit Opens at Epcot’s Innoventions

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Colortopia presented by Gladden opened today at Epcot’s Innoventions East.

The 3700 sq. ft. exhibit is made up of three interactive zones, along with a companion mobile app and website.

The first experience takes place in the “Power of Color Theater.” This specially designed area uses vibrant hues along with harmonious sounds and narration to explore the psychology of color. For example, red can make me feel several emotions at once like anger or love.

The second zone called the “The Color Lab” features two interactive stations. The first, Color Mix ‘n Match, allowed my 5-year-old son and me to mix red, green and blue to create new colors. The second station, Spinning Spectrums, uses revolving multi-colored disks to test color perception. As the disks spun faster, my son and I tried to guess the actual color of the disks. While it was a gray area on whether or not we were correct, we had fun guessing together.

The third zone, “Color Our World,”  features color shadows and a magic paintbrush. With the magic paintbrush, I was able to choose the color palette I wanted to create a spectacular scene on digital screen. Depending on the color, the scene and storyline changed.

The fun didn’t stop there. While walking around World Showcase I was also able to play with the expansive color palettes with the Colortopia mobile app. Guests collect colors from each pavilion and added them to their personal color palette to take home. The app also features exciting games to test your memory and understanding of color. Visit experiencecolortopia.com, to learn more about the exhibit and the app. It’s a blue ribbon experiences!

GLIDDEN Paint by PPG to Open ‘Colortopia’ Exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot

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The GLIDDEN® paint brand is rolling out a new colorful world in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, part of the Walt Disney World Resort. The paint brand known for a rich tradition of innovation and color inspiration has collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineers to create a highly interactive color experience called “Colortopia”. Opening to park visitors in fall 2015, construction is currently underway to bring the Colortopia experience to life for children and adults of all ages.

“Pairing the magic of the park experience with the magical role color plays in our lives is an exciting opportunity for the Glidden brand,” said Mark Lancia, senior brand manager – Glidden, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “We’re excited to share the Colortopia experience with the park’s visitors from around the world.”

Guests to the Colortopia exhibit will encounter unique interactions through fun and surprising hands-on activities. Park visitors will be able to extend the Colortopia exhibit experience throughout Epcot and to their own homes with a mobile application and website set to launch later this year.

The Glidden brand is a line of PPG Architectural Coatings, a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company.

 

New D-Zone Relaxation Area Coming to Epcot

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There will be a new relaxation area in the Innoventions West corridor near to Character Spot.

Known as a D-Zone, expect to see seating, electronic device charging stations, and a couple of food and drink carts starting early next week.

The corridor has always been popular with guests to cool-off, but lack of seating usually forces people to sit on the floor.

The D-Zone relation area concept began at Magic Kingdom with the introduction of the Fantasyland Tangled restroom area, and the big top area in Storybook Circus. The idea is for for people to have a space to cool down, charge the all-important devices, and to take a break from some of the hustle and bustle of the park.

Epcot’s Innoventions West Probably Closing by Summer

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Speculation is mounting that Epcot’s Innoventions West will be permanently closed by the summer.

Over the past few months there have been a number of exhibits closing, including  the Test the Limits Lab, and soon the IBM THINK exhibit. The remaining exhibits include The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, Where’s The Fire, the Videogame Playground and perhaps the most popular of what remains, the Disney VISA characters meet and greet.

There is no word on what could be replacing Innoventions West should it close, but the timeline suggests that as of this May. only the meet and greet will be potentially surviving.

Innoventions East, which has seen the bulk of recent new additions is not affected by the plans.

As always, this information should be treated as speculation until confirmed. Disney has not made any announcement about the future of the attraction.

Disneyland’s Innoventions Set to Close March 31

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From the Orange County Register:

Disneyland’s Innoventions attraction is closing March 31, a Disneyland spokesman said Friday, and rumors are already flying that “Star Wars” attractions could end up there.

“As part of our continuing efforts to offer our guests new magic, we regularly make modifications and enhancements throughout the Disneyland Resort,” said John McClintock, a Disneyland spokesman. “We have nothing further to announce at this time.”

The Tomorrowland building that houses Innoventions, which has been at Disneyland since 1967, currently holds several Marvel attractions, including the Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man exhibits with their full-size uniforms, a meet-and-greet and a video-game area.

It is also home to Honda’s Asimo humanoid robot, and once featured the rotating Dream Home display on the first floor.

Some are speculating on social media that Disney will do a tie-in attraction with the “Tomorrowland” movie coming out in May. Others are saying Disney may expand the Marvel theme and create a Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.

Others say it could be the start of creating a long-awaited “Star Wars” Land. Star Tours, a simulator-ride based on the movie franchise, is nearby.

IBM’s THINK and Test the Limits exhibits closing in early January

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THINK by IBM at Inventions West will be closing on January 1, 2015 and Test the Limits Lab at Inventions East will close on January 6, 2015.

Both exhibits have reached the end of their sponsorship period, with no word yet on any replacements. THINK by IBM opened in January 2013.