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Ellen's Energy Adventure

Though technically Ellen's Energy Adventure is part of the Universe of Energy pavilion, it is the only thing in the pavilion so they can be referenced interchangably. This attraction combines a moving ride vehicle with large screen films and audio-animatronic figures to explore issues related to energy, it's production, and environmental preservation. Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye host the show and Degeneres even appears as an animatronic figure. At about 40 minutes, Ellen's Energy Adventure is not only one of the most technologically complex attractions at Epcot but the longest attraction at any Disney park.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: On the left side of the park, to the left of Mission: SPACE.
  • Date Opened: 9/15/1996
  • # of Ride Units: Six ride vehicles
  • Ride Capacity: 96 people per vehicle
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: D Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Open and close with the park.
  • Wait Times: Rarely more than 20 minutes. A new show starts every 17 minutes and holds almost 600 people.
  • Length of Ride: 40 minutes
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: Not much theming for this queue, mostly you just walk into the building and wait in the outer theater for the next show to begin. There are some large topiaries in front of the building.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: None
  • Ride Access: The entire attraction is wheelchair accessible. ECVs are not allowed into the building and it is necessary to transfer to a wheelchair at the building's entrance.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: Up to six wheelchairs can be accommodated per show.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: Assistive listening devices and reflective captioning devices are available for this show from Guest Services.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Should be none.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: None
  • Child Swap: Yes
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: The Universe of Energy pavilion has been in place since the park opened in 1982. The original pre-show was called Energy, You Make the World Go 'Round and used a unique projection effect to make a screen that changed dimensions and shapes and showed images of all the ways energy is produced.

    After that show, guests boarded the ride units and watched another film that showed how fossil fuels form. The cars then moved into a an area with animatronic dinosaurs (mostly unchanged when the ride was converted to Ellen's Energy Adventure) before entering the final theater and watching a film about energy exploration.
  • The Attraction's History: Ellen's Energy Adventure remains essentially unchanged since it opened in 1996.
  • Other Trivia:
    • Sponsors: Exxon (later ExxonMobil) sponsored the pavilion from the day it opened in 1982 until early 2004.
    • Self propelled: The roof of the pavilion has about 2 acres of solar panels that provide almost all the electrical needs for the pavilion.
    • Stars on screen: In addition to Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jeopardy's Alex Trebek also appear.


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