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Wonders of Life
EPCOT's Wonders of Life pavilion was devoted to health and body related attractions. Wonders was added to Future World in October, 1989, 7 years after EPCOT opened: the last pavilion to open without replacing a previous pavilion. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife) sponsored the pavilion from 1989 to 2000. Even after MetLife discontinued its sponsorship Wonders of Life remained opened, that is until it closed temporarily in 2004, and would then open only seasonally--generally peak season. The pavilion closed permanently on January 1, 2007.
While Wonders of Life has closed, the gold dome between Mission: SPACE and the Universe of Energy, that housed Wonders, has been re-purposed. The building is now referred to as Festival Center and is used as a showcase building during the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Festival guests can take classes, shop, and take part in presentations geared to each of the festivals. When the building first re-opened as a showcase building nearly all the Wonders of Life attraction signage remained; color schemes, queues, props, etc. But over time the inside of the dome has slowly changed; new paint schemes, removal of signs and props, etc, to where only guests who knew what had once been inside the Wonders of Life--I mean really knew--can tell what small tidbits remain and where attractions used to be located.
Pic: Below--Wonders of Life building as it sits currently, with no signage or double helix; a Festival Center sign is placed out front during festival seasons.
The three largest attractions from Wonders of Life were:
Body Wars: a motion simulator ride similar to the Star Tours simulators. The plot: a group of visiting a science lab are shrunk down and placed into a human's blood stream along with a Dr. (who regularly does this) to help fight off an infection. The group uses too much of their vehicle's power while inside and can not be beamed back out of the body without getting more power, so they go to the brain and get a jump from the electrical pulses jumping around in the brain, which allows them to return to the lab.
Cranium Command: a show with Animatronics (and 2 viewing screens to simulate 2 eyes) where the audience is inside a little boys brain as his 'brain controller man' learns to handle a human boy.
The Making of Me: which was of course about reproduction and birth in good vague terms that only adults would understand the meaning of. (It was pretty funny, to us adults.)
While most of the signage as disappeared from the pavilion, the state of the attractions inside is unknown. But it is a good bet that the Wonders of Life will never make a return--however there is always the possibility that maybe the building will once again be re-purposed into another themed pavilion. Who knows.
Pics: Left column--'Body Wars' attraction sign when the pavilion was open and the sign in 2008 during Food and Wine Festival; Making of Me attraction. Right column--Cranium Command entrance and Cranium Command show.
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