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We’ve got another Future World food related development to update you on but this one is not related to that coffee company from Seattle.  Instead, construction walls have come down in Future World to reveal a more permanent-feeling food stand that replaces the food carts of the past.  The stand is still devoid of any food items or menus for that matter but we expect it to be filled with your typical Disney fare of popcorn and sodas.  Still we will update you once the stand becomes operational.

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The stand itself is most notable for its semi-permanent feel.

The stand itself is most notable for its semi-permanent feel that we noted above.  It includes a metallic nod to Spaceship Earth that also nicely fits in with the relatively recent thematic additions to the Fountain of Nations’ fencing.  We do have our reservations about how cluttered this area of Future World looks and feels but that is mainly attributable to the Pin/Info Station in the center of the plaza and the overdone pennants that hang over the area.  Removing or modifying those would help greatly but we don’t expect any movement in that regard so we are stuck with the current aesthetic.  Which leads me to another topic that will have to be left for another time but I will briefly mention it here.  I’m beginning to wonder if there is any comprehensive, thematic plan for Epcot that isn’t stuck with preconceptions from the past.

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EPCOT opened as a forward-looking, visionary imagining of the promise of tomorrow but the piecemeal approach at theming in Epcot’s Future World leaves incongruent experiences that don’t fit in well together, nor project futurism in our modern-day.  You have the gimmicky color scheme and signs on Innoventions, the Epcot Character Spot that feels like a forced necessity rather than a well thought out enhancement that fits in thematically.  Even where we have nods to the EPCOT of old, with references to Spaceship Earth and the other Pavilion icons Disney runs a risk of overuse, especially when you start seeing it on your average food cart.  Do I need to even mention the cemetery marble that they placed in front of Spaceship Earth?  But again the worst is the overall lack of vision that doesn’t see Epcot’s Future World as more than just steel, blue and bland concrete.  I’m all for modern and sleek but does Future World feel that way to anyone?  Sure Mission Space’s exterior certainly fits that bill and Spaceship Earth shall always but does anything else truly?  The promise of tomorrow is lost at Epcot because, the theming doesn’t convey it.  The future people envision is bright, “green,” digital and beautiful.  Epcot’s Future World needs some major rethinking and investment, because it isn’t only the attractions that are stale in this world of the future.

I’m all for modern and sleek but does Future World feel that way to anyone?