Epcot’s Future World has been suffering from a level of decay and stagnation that we’ve painstakingly detailed in the past few months. When the new Future World color scheme appeared and looked closer to a carton of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream than it did to the ideals of EPCOT, I was repulsed but not surprised. It was just another bad decision amongst the many that have led Epcot’s Future World to the abysmal state it is in. And while it pains me to point out the truths about something I love so much because EPCOT wasn’t to be just another theme park when Walter Elias Disney and others had envisioned it, I’m still able to praise small victories even amongst the barrage of missed opportunities. Disney fans, EPCOT fans have a small victory to cheer for today. A return of a classic, a white-hot paint scheme that highlights Spaceship Earth by simply getting out-of-the-way. It’s modernity at its finest, simplicity and it worked when EPCOT Center opened its doors on October 1, 1982 and continues to work just fine in the modern-day Epcot of today.
EPCOT fans have a small victory to cheer for today.
Simplicity was a core feature of Future World’s aesthetic.
We don’t expect Disney to admit its paint scheme mistake and end the dissonant colors its poured over the treasured halls of the late Communicore buildings as refreshing a move as it would be. But if those dreams aren’t to come true, at least my wish is that the Disney community begins to understand why even a paint scheme at Epcot, once EPCOT matters. Why simplicity was a core feature of Future World’s aesthetic and why it should once again be today. The serenity that comes with white reminds me of an EPCOT Center Future World that was once grand because of its scale and beauty and not due to in-your-face and gaudy representations of a future gone by built with gears, electric umbrellas, coffee shops, coke machines, and pin stations. The contrast is clear, it’s the difference between Epcot and EPCOT, it’s black and white.