Monday, August 14, 2017

With Universe of Energy closed, Disney may revive a dormant ride to help with crowds

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 11:09 AM

click to enlarge Sum of All Thrills at Epcot in Innoventions East. - PHOTO VIA DISNEY
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  • Sum of All Thrills at Epcot in Innoventions East.
With Ellen’s Energy Adventure, better known as Universe of Energy (its original name), closed and with major updates on the way that may cause numerous other attractions to close at Orlando’s second busiest theme park, there are concerns about what people will be able to do in the park.

Most of Innoventions has closed, with only the very small Colortopia attraction in Innoventions East still open. This interactive attraction has three sections where guests learn about colors. Ty Burrell lends his voice to the first part of the attraction, where color-changing LEDs showcase the power of color. The last section is an interactive digital canvas that guests "paint." With nothing else left in Innoventions, the small attraction sits nearly empty most days. Glidden, the attraction sponsor, is reportedly not happy with their attraction sitting in an overlooked hallway.

Now Orlando Park Pass is reporting that Sum of All Thrills, the KUKA arm-based attraction which sat near Colortopia, may soon reopen, though they mention numerous times that this is still only a rumor with no official confirmation. Orlando Park Pass is reporting that they have been informed the former Innoventions East attraction has been testing and show elements are being worked on after the area closes at nighttime.

Sum of All Thrills opened in 2009 and was the first ride in the Orlando area to use KUKA arm technology; it was later used on the award-winning Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Islands of Adventure. On Sum of All Thrills, guests learned about math, science and engineering while designing their own coaster simulator experience. Guests could then ride their designs in a two-seat simulator.

The popular thrill ride closed in September, along with StormStruck, leaving only Colortopia in Innoventions East. Innoventions West closed earlier in 2016 and is now mostly used as a character meet-and-greet and back-of-house areas.

With Ellen’s Energy Adventure closing nearby the only attractions left in Future World East are Colortopia, Test Track and Mission: Space. Test Track closes every time there’s lightning or heavy rain in the area, leaving only Colortopia and Mission: Space open most afternoons. Mission: Space reopened earlier this month with a new more family-friendly Green version where guests fly over earth, while the more thrilling Orange version got updated graphics but still features a trip to Mars.

At 48 inches, Sum of All Thrills did feature a higher than normal height limit for Walt Disney World. The only other rides at Walt Disney World to feature such a high height limit are Rock & Roller Coaster and Primeval Whirl (it should be noted that the Tomorrowland Speedway does have a 54-inch height limit for drivers, but passengers only have to be 32 inches).

There’s no indication that StormStruck or any of Innoventions West will reopen if Sum of All Thrills does in fact reopen.

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