The first attraction
you see as you enter the main gate of Epcot
. It looks like a huge silver golf ball
. on a tripod
and with a line entering the base. In 2000, there was the letters, 2000
glittering in red and lit at night, along with a big Mickey Mouse
hand holding a wand to it Not it just says Epcot
in big letters. When people think Epcot, they picture the Ball.
As you enter, you see a bunch of 4-5 seat blue cars that you board, very similiar to those you find in Tomorrowland. You sit in it and the doors close. All the cars are connected on a track, and you hear speakers behind you narrate the history of Communication.
The ride goes up into the sphere, and you start off seeing cavemen and cave painting. From there you move to animatronic Egyptians and Heiroglyphics, moving up to Greek and Roman theater and communication.
From there you see a glimpse of the Dark Ages as communication crumbled, and the Middle East scholars preserving all the information. Then you jump past the Enlightenment and Rennaissance to the Printing press, Telephone and finally Television.
As you see some Disney movies playing on the walls, you see the future (from the 80's): videoconferencing. Following that is a nice view of the top of the dome, stars, and Earth being called a Spaceship.
At the end, you disembark, and see AT&T's new Global Neighaborhood concept, with your narrator, @. Here are videophones, and cool multiplayer sorta online games with other resorts.
Overall, the ride isn't the best of Epcot, but the line moves very fast, it's air conditioned, and a great way to sit and kill time as you wait for dinner reservations. Plus, it's educational, and in no way scares little kids.