Source: Undercover Tourist
Ellen’s Energy Adventure begins with a pre-show film projected onto a panoramic screen. Here’s what happens: Ellen slips into sleep in front of the television while watching Jeopardy! Her dream of being a contestant on the game show turns alarming when she realizes she’s pitted against her college rival “Smart Judy” and the quiz categories are all about energy – a subject Ellen knows nothing about. Lucky for her, Bill Nye the Science Guy is her neighbor and together they travel through time for some tutoring on the topic.
You’ll move from the pre-show holding area into a 580-seat theater. What feels like an ordinary theater is actually a group of six 97-passenger traveling cars that’ll carry you through the remainder of the attraction. It’s here that you’ll join Ellen and Bill Nye on their journey through the creation of the universe.
You’ll see and hear the explosive Big Bang; travel around, between and under giant dinosaurs; narrowly escape streams of molten lava, discover how fossil fuels were formed, float far above Earth with satellites and atoms; and finally, explore a future filled with fusion power. After traveling through time, you’ll follow Ellen back to play Final Jeopardy against “Smart Judy” and use her recently acquired energy knowledge!
The average wait time is 20-40 minutes depending on how far into the attraction the group ahead of you is. The theater holds 580 guests so don’t be discouraged if there’s a long line. Once the group ahead of you moves onto the ride portion of the attraction, much of the line disappears. The entire experience of Ellen’s Energy Adventure (waiting to enter, pre-show, actual attraction) can easily take one hour. This attraction can help you cool off and unwind from the hot outdoors and busy park. Some of the subject matter is geared to older kids and grown-ups, but it’s still very entertaining for the little ones.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure is very cool, but we’re most impressed when the seats of the theater break apart and become the ride vehicle. There's no need to crowd the front of the pre-show room, all the show vehicles provide the same view. The Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs are HUGE and the special effects, like warm, moist air from the swamp and the smell of sulfur from the erupting volcano, are very cool. Just so you know – the dinosaurs have the potential to scare young children while others seem to enjoy it.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure is a multimedia attraction in a unique traveling theater in the Universe of Energy Pavilion in Future World East at Epcot. The preshow film lasts about 8 minutes. The duration of the actual attraction is about 30 minutes. Guests must transfer from their motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair to experience the attraction. Assistive listening devices are available for this attraction at Guest Relations, as well as Audio Description and Handheld Captioning devices.
Source: Undercover Tourist
There's no need to crowd the front of the pre-show room, all the show vehicles provide the same view. Disney's Magical Moments pins are designed to interact with this attraction.
Michael Richards from “Seinfeld” plays a caveman in Ellen’s Energy Adventure, while "Smart Judy" is played by Jamie Lee Curtis. This attraction first opened in 1982 without Ellen DeGeneres and then debuted as “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” in 1996.
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