Body Wars

Ride in the United States
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Body Wars
The ride's entrance in 2007
Epcot
Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA
Park section Future World East – Wonders of Life
Status Defunct
Operated October 19, 1989 to January 1, 2007
Soundtrack "Body Wars", by Leonard Rosenman
Rider height
  • Minimum: 40 inch
  • Min. unaccompanied: 48 inch
  • Maximum: 78 inch
Statistics
Manufacturer Rediffusion Simulators
Product Simulator Ride
Designer / calculations Walt Disney Imagineering
Capacity 4 simulators seating 40 people each
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Body Wars was a Simulator attraction located at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, United States. Located within the Wonders of Life pavilion, the ride had guests be taken on a mission by Miniaturized Exploration Technologies corporation (MET), to board space pods in order to study the effects of white blood cells reacting to a splinter inside a volunteer. The ride was Epcot's first true thrill ride, and its last thrill ride until the opening of Test Track.

History

After the success of Star Tours in the various parks, Disney was looking for a way to have the simulator ride type be at more of their parks. So, they turned to the health pavilion, which was still under development, to incorporate the system. It was to be about shrinking down to cell size to see how they worked, and a climactic scene where guests barely make it out of the host body. The ride would be incorporated into the finalized Wonders of Life Pavilion.

Interesting to note is that the volunteer was never shown directly, as the Imagineers wanted to give the impression it could be anyone. Though it seemed to be a guy, the volunteer's face was turned at the beginning and ending of the ride. Despite this, another volunteer was shown in the pre-show; however, he wasn't shown inside of, even though they were demonstrating how MET worked. It is commonly speculated that the same guy who played the volunteer in the preshow also played the volunteer in the main show, as they look alike.

Wonders of Life, Body Wars and the rest of the attractions in the pavilion opened with MetLife as the sponsor on October 19, 1989. The ride, while popular, proved it wasn't the ride for everyone, as the ride was deemed too intense with its violent rumbling, sharp drops, quick and sudden turns, combined with the less than pleasing imagery of the film, so the ride was toned down shortly after opening.

After this, the ride would never receive any kind of change or makeover, including its somewhat outdated safety video. MetLife would stop sponsoring the pavilion and ride in 2001.[1] In October of 2006, it was announced that Body Wars, along with the rest of Wonders of Life would be shuttered permanently by January 1. The day came, and the ride and pavilion were shut down for good, standing but not operating to this day. While the ride's stations and queue areas were left abandoned, the simulators were moved next door to Disney's Hollywood Studios for use on their Star Tours attraction.

Wonders of Life was to be replaced with a Play pavilion in the early 2020s; however, this plan was scrapped after awhile. Several fans have thought if Disney had the Marvel licence east of the Mississippi instead of Universal, they could've made an Ant-Man and The Wasp version of the ride with the host body being Sam Wilson. Sadly, this isn't the case.

References

  1. "MetLife pulls cash from Epcot's Wonder of Life".

External Links

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