Is the Epcot Wand Coming Down?

26 Jun

Once again, rumor has it that the infamous wand atop Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot may be nearing its end. Kevin Yee of MiceAge.com reports:

The demolition of the wand atop Spaceship Earth has apparently cleared its last hurdle: the fiscal 2008 budget decision, and it’s a certainty now. The wondrous effects this will have on the futurism of Epcot, not the cartoonization of it, cannot be repeated often enough. Someone pointed out to me in emails, following my article about Tomorrowland losing its hope and optimism in favor of cartoons and irony, that Epcot really took up the mantle of futurism and hope when it opened in 1982. That’s quite true.

The wand is not, however, without its fans. Dave from MouseExtra defends the wand, arguing that in fact it supports Epcot’s current vibe and themes:

The general consensus is the Wand flies in the face of Epcot’s original plan of futurism, and in some ways it does. But that plan has been largely abandoned, as more attractions get updated to something less reminiscent of a World’s Fair, and now the removal of the wand seems somewhat counter to the changing winds at Epcot. If we did not have Nemo, Crush, the Three Caballeros, and who knows who else in the future, then removing the Wand would make perfect sense. But Epcot is not the corporate-driven sounding board for a hopeful future it once was, and is now a more family friendly Disney park. Seven years ago, the Wand didn’t fit the theme of the park outside of its tie-in to the millennium. But now, in a not-so-subtle way, it does.

I gotta admit, setting aside any consideration of what’s right for Disney corporate, I’ll be happy if the wand comes down. It’s purely for aesthetic reasons. The unadorned Spaceship Earth is just wonderfully retro in its space-age futurism. A return to the tomorrow we dreamed about yesterday. I can almost taste the freeze-dried ice cream now.

One Response to “Is the Epcot Wand Coming Down?”

  1. EPCOT FAN July 29, 2007 at 1:14 pm #

    Personally I think the wand was absolutely horrible and am glad it is coming down! It was gaudy and an incredible eyesore! Some people say that it doesn’t detract from Spaceship Earth. HUH?? The only thing that would have been worse would have been for them to put a huge pair of Mickey ears on the top. It is about as bad as if a huge beret was placed on the Eiffel Tower. DUMB. I remember seeing the wand and hand for the first time and almost screaming. I couldn’t believe my eyes! i actually thought it was a joke at first. Apparently it was. Glad the joke is over now! And it will be down just in time for our next trip. I do believe I will be filling up an whole 2GB memory card with new pics of Spaceship Earth! LOL

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