General Information

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

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

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

Height Restriction: None

Child Swap: Yes

Other Issues:

History and Trivia

  • 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 remained 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.
  • Attraction closed permanently August 13, 2017. The former Universe of Energy pavilion was completely gutted and a new building built behind it for "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind" which includes a new "storytelling roller-coaster" and is scheduled to open by Walt Disney World Resort's 50th Anniversary in 2021.