Flashing back to 4 former attractions – Orlando Sentinel
, 2022-09-22 12:31:55,
As Epcot’s 40th anniversary approaches, I’m daydreaming about former attractions from the theme park. Some I experienced back in the day; some are fading memories such as “Shockwave,” an onstage musical group; Muppet Mobile Laboratories with Beaker biking about; and a Lord of the Dance show.
Shoot, that temporary cranberry bog wasn’t only about a decade ago, but did it really happen?
Here are four attractions bouncing around my Epcot memory banks, bolstered by the wonders of YouTube.
What: “Tapestry of Nations,” a parade of sorts, through the streets of Epcot, from 1999 to 2001. (Then it became known as “Tapestry of Dreams” through 2003.)
What it was: The cavalcade, part of the Y2K celebrations, featured enormous rolling steampunk-ish drums, king-size Michael Curry puppets and a glorious Gavin Greenaway soundtrack.
What stands out: The curvy World Showcase pathway wasn’t designed for parades, and there were stretches where standing was ill-advised for toes.
What happened next: Now, with food booths set up most of the year, the park is even less suitable for such street entertainment.
What: “Kitchen Kabaret” (1982-1994) and “Food Rocks” (1994-2004).
What it was: If it weren’t for online video, these might be explained away as fever dreams….
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