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Universe of Energy
Universe of Energy is located just East (as the crow flies, not as man is allowed to walk) of Spaceship Earth. The attraction has been updated/changed (to be more entertaining) once--from Universe of Energy (very dry and educational) to Ellen's Energy Adventure (more entertaining and still educational, it has Bill Nye in it after all). The pavilion was sponsored by Exxon from its opening, October 1,1982, until 2004. Since then it has not had a sponsor.
The original Universe of Energy pavilion itself was an innovation in energy technology. The entire roof is covered in 80,000 photovoltaic solar cells that partially power the ride vehicles. Guests are transported through the pavilion in large battery-powered "traveling theatre cars" that follow guide-wires embedded in the floor as opposed to riding along conventional ride tracks.
The original attraction featured numerous films that presented information on the subject of energy in a serious fashion, as well as a ride through a primeval diorama complete with Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs.
The current show, which replaced the original Energy presentation beginning in 1996, stars Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye 'The Science Guy,' Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, and Jamie Lee Curtis. It deals with energy, how energy is produced, the history of energy production, and the search for new energy resources. In particular it focuses on the origins of fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and natural gas. It also mentions solar and hydroelectric power.
The current attraction uses the same traveling theater system that was used by the original Universe of Energy show. The primeval diorama uses the same sets and Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs as the original show, though during the rehab to the Ellen's Energy Adventure show, all of the dinosaurs were repainted in much brighter colors, and several Audio-Animatronic figures were added along with an upbeat musical score to help tie it into the new adventure's film segments.
Pics: (Clockwise from Top Left) Primeval Diorama, Signage showing Exxon Mobil as sponsor ca. 2001, Signage showing Exxon as host ca. 1982, Energy Postcard, Theater Cars.
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