Have you ever embarked on a daring ocean journey on SeaVenture in World Showcase? Snagged a Transportation Pavilion postcard? Or glimpsed the future in Century 3?
Probably not, considering that these original names for Epcot attractions were all changed prior to their respective openings. Whether a name was amended in order to more accurately describe an attraction’s storyline or simply changed to something catchier, these decisions eventually shaped the reality that became the Epcot that we know and love.
Here are five Epcot attractions that were originally named something else before they opened.
- World of Motion – According to the Disney Archives, this attraction, which celebrated transportation milestones and the possibility of where vehicles could take us in the future was one of the final opening-day attractions to be named. It was first referred to as the “Transportation Pavilion,” then tentatively named “Transcenter” and “Transcenter 2000” before finally becoming “World of Motion.”
- Horizons – Can you imagine that this beloved attraction of the past originally wasn’t planned to show a vision of the future at all, but a retrospective on how Thomas Edison harnessed electricity? When the direction of the attraction changed to focus on inventions that could impact our lives in the future, it was renamed “Century 3” and later “Futureprobe.” “Horizons” was the final pick.
- Journey Into Imagination – The attraction that introduced us to Dreamfinder and Figment was originally planned to be a part of the “Images & Imagination” Pavilion.
- The Living Seas – All the fun we had venturing to Seabase Alpha in the ’80s almost took place at “The Seas” attraction.
- Maelstrom – As late as March 1988 (two months before opening), Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion was named “SeaVenture” – even on attraction signage. The name “Maelstrom,” a Nordic name for a very powerful whirlpool, was the final choice.
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