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Innoventions is a play on the two words Innovation and Invention. These to things were to be a big part of Walt's original Experimental Prototype Community of Tommorrow--E.P.C.O.T.--a place where companies could develop new inovative technologies that would improve, among other things a residential community (also part of Walt's idea for E.P.C.O.T. Read more here.) Innoventions houses rotating shows, exihibts, games and experiences that are science and technology related and are sponsored by large corporations. But, as one would suspect Innoventions has a predecessor--CommuniCore, another play on words; Community and Core.
EPCOT Center's CommuniCore was the park's Science and Technology pavilion. It was housed in two semi-circular buildings behind Spaceship Earth at the heart of Future World. The two buildings were known as CommuniCore East and West and housed rotating exhibits. CommuniCore closed in 1994, when these show buildings then became Innoventions.
The pavilion served as EPCOT Center's version of Main Street, U.S.A., as it brought together nearly all of the sponsors in the surrounding pavilions under one roof to serve as a supplemental experience to the overall visit to Future World.
Having debuted at the dawn of the modern computer era, the emphasis throughout CommuniCore was primarily on educating the public about computers. The feature exhibit was a tour through EPCOT Computer Central, the computer hub of EPCOT Center that ran nearly everything in the park. The original version was named the "Astuter Computer Revue" and featured a song of the same name by the Sherman Brothers. It had the distinction of being the shortest-lived attraction at the park. The tour was updated and re-opened as Backstage Magic.
Other exhibits inside CommuniCore East included Compute-A-Coaster, the Great American Census Quiz, Get Set Jet and the Flag Games, all featuring brand new touch-screen technology. There was also the TravelPort, and the Electronic Forum, where one could take the E.P.C.O.T. Poll, an interactive census on popular issues. One could also take a look at the Population Clock, a device that displayed the rough population of the United States and changed accordingly with every passing second. CommuniCore East was also the residence of SMRT-1, a friendly robot who used the latest in voice recognition technology to interact with Guests. At CommuniCore West there was FutureCom, an exhibit sponsored by AT&T that forecast the advent of things like Internet, Expo Robotics, and an educational resource center called, at various times, EPCOT Outreach, Ask Epcot, and the Epcot Discovery Center.
Planned exhibits incorporated into the design of the buildings included a second floor, intended to house a PeopleMover system which would allow riders to preview the exhibits within CommuniCore. The buildings were also designed so that they could easily be expanded outwards, facilitating easy additions to expand the exhibit capacity of the attraction as a whole.
In an effort to keep E.P.C.O.T.'s Future World updated and vital, CommuniCore was closed in January 1994 to be redesigned into Innoventions, a more eclectic and wild take on a Science and Technology pavilion.
Once a part of CommuniCore, the two Southern show buildings have been re-purposed. The Expo robotics area became The Walt Disney Imagineering Labs (closed in October 1997). In June 1998, part of the former "lab" space became Ice Station Cool, which was later redecorated and renamed Club Cool, a small Coca-Cola sponsored exhibit where one can try Coke products from around the world. The remainder of this building became the Epcot character Spot a few years later. In 1999, Centorium expanded to fill its East side building and became the shop MouseGear.