Description And Comments
The attraction begins with a preshow film starring Ellen DeGeneres. While watching TV, Ellen dozes off and dreams that she’s competing on the game show Jeopardy! against her know-it-all former college roommate Judy (Jamie Lee Curtis). All of the Jeopardy categories deal with energy in its various forms, and unfortunately for Ellen, Judy has a PhD in the subject.
Luckily, Ellen’s next-door neighbor happens to be Bill Nye the Science Guy, who convinces Ellen--along with everyone else in the audience--to take a time-traveling crash course in the history of energy, along with everyone else in the audience.
Your journey begins in what appears to be an ordinary theater while you watch a film about energy sources. Then the seats divide into six 97-passenger traveling cars that glide you from the Big Bang (the beginning of Ellen’s energy lessons), to the swamps and audio-animatronic dinosaurs of a prehistoric forest. Special effects include the feel of warm, moist air from the swamp and the smell of sulfur from an erupting volcano.
The dialog between Ellen and Bill is humorous and upbeat, but the rest of the script was written almost 20 years ago, when Exxon sponsored the attraction. Don’t expect to hear a call to action on climate change, the need for conservation, or much more than a passing reference to alternative energy sources.
For kids, Universe of Energy is a toss-up. The dinosaurs frighten some preschoolers, and kids of all ages lose the thread during the educational segments.
A Zionsville, Indiana reader agrees with us that Ellen's Energy Adventure is more than a little dated:
I knew that the point of this ride was to go back in time, but I didn't realize the destination was 1993. [editor's note: It's actually 1996, but we won't split hairs.] Ellen is genuinely funny, but this attraction is so old that the video quality is only slightly better than the the Zapruder film's.
Because the theater has a ride component, the line doesn’t move while the show is in progress. When the theater empties, however, a large chunk of the line will disappear as people are admitted for the next show. Because of this, lines are generally tolerable.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Ellen's Energy Adventure when you visit on a day with a given Epcot Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Ellen's Energy Adventure Wait Times.
- This attraction offers rider swap.
- Handheld Captioning Available
- Assistive Listening Devices Available
- Audio Description Devices Available
- Must Transfer To Standard Wheelchair
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
WHILE WE HAVE YOU HERE, MS. DEGENERES
Now that Ellen DeGeneres is on board for the Finding Nemo sequel, Disney has begun talks about updating Ellen’s Energy Adventure. It’s obvious that people’s attitudes toward energy have changed since the film opened in 1996. And not one to lose a tie-in opportunity, Disney may swap some of this ride’s old reptiles for ones from the 2015 Pixar film The Good Dinosaur.
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- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living with the Land
- Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
- Mission: SPACE Green
- Mission: SPACE Orange
- Spaceship Earth
- Sum of All Thrills (in Innoventions East)
- Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
- The Circle of Life
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Touring Plans with Ellen's Energy Adventure
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors
- Epcot Two-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors - Day 1
- Epcot Unofficial Guide Two-Day Sunrise/Starlight Touring Plan - Starlight
- Epcot Two-Day Late Arrival Touring Plan for Adults - Day 1
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Ultimate Touring Plan: Epcot
- Epcot Unofficial Guide Two-Day Sunrise/Starlight Touring Plan - Sunrise
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot Early Riser Two-Day Touring Plan - Day 2
- Parent's Epcot Plan:1 Afternoon and 1 Full Day (Afternoon)
- See all Touring Plans...
|Park is closed|
|Opening Date||September 15, 1996|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
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