Test Height Balloons Sighted Over Epcot

According to WDWMAGIC.Com there were some signals this morning that the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction rumored to be replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure might have greater scope than a simple building makeover.

Before park opening today, Imagineering reportedly conducted a height balloon test in Future World East near the Energy attraction.  Height balloon tests are generally conducted when Imagineers want to see how a building’s sight-lines will impact the area.

Height test balloons have been used for previous expansion projects including Fantasia Gardens.

Quoting from an earlier article from WDWNewToday about the project.

“While we can’t say much about that project yet, it seems the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction that will replace the Universe of Energy has already been approved and is moving forward.”

“Rumors indicate that Bob Chapek, the new chairman at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was key in the decision. Chapek spent 3.5  years in charge of Disney Consumer Products, but this is his first role in the Parks and Resorts division of the company.”

The current Universe of Energy attraction features Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy as Ellen’s brain becomes a time machine that transports you through primeval forests where dinosaurs dwell.

Ellen falls asleep and dreams she’s a contestant Jeopardy. Unfortunately, the category is energy, a topic she knows nothing about.

The Universe of Energy has been in Epcot from the beginning opening in 1982 but was updated in 1996.

The current attraction will likely close by the end of the year.  No word on when the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will open.

Disney has not yet confirmed or made any announcements about this project.

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About Rick Killingsworth

Rick visited the Magic Kingdom in 1971 for the first Christmas parade in their history. At nine years old, he was bitten by the Disney Bug. He can still remember the sights, the smells, and the sounds. It truly was magical. It would be twenty years before he could afford to take his young family back to “The World.” It was the vacation of a lifetime, and they have been fortunate to go hundreds of times since. His daughters, now grown, still tear up when they see the castle (as does he).