There are subtle but important differences in the area of development of the two halves of Future World. These differences play themselves out in the shapes of the hardscape, the stylistic treatment of planters, the plant palette, and the way the plants are maintained. The East Side, home of the Universe of Energy, Wonders of Life, Mission: SPACE, and Test Track, deals generally with the more technical aspects of modern science. The outdoor spaces are therefore more angular and structured, with hard corners and sculpted plantings. The West Side, where we find The Living Seas, The Land, and Journey Into Imagination with Figment, covers topics more natural and free-form. This leads to a treatment that is softer and more tactile, with curvilinear edges and lots of water. Even the smooth river rock in the various waterways affect this image because they represent real materials and have the softer shapes the designers required.
p. 62, The Imagineers, The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World.
I have always had an affinity for taking pictures of the water and the river rocks in Future World West. Looking through my Walt Disney World vacation photos, I have a lot of pictures of the Imagination and Land Pavilions from across the waterway. I have very few pictures of Future World East.
Do notice in the picture of Test Track that the walkway leading to the attraction is very straight. The pathways on the West side follow the waterway and meander towards the pavilions.
Why do I take so many pictures of the water and the river rocks? Glad you asked.
Mainly, due to the peaceful nature of the scene. The color of the rocks has a tranquil and serene effect on me. And it really just flows very well.
4 thoughts on “Daily Figment 26: East vs. West”
I too enjoy taking pictures of water, but I seem to get greater pleasure out of taking pictures of water in motion. For example, fountains, rivers, and water falls. All things that are not hard to find at Disney theme parks
I’m with you on the affinity for photos of the West side – I just love the way the water captures the reflections of the surrounding area.
For me, reading the comments by the Imagineers about the differences between the East and West sides was an “ah-ha” moment.
Suddenly, it made sense why there was such a sharp contrast and why I wanted to spend more time in the West side.
Not ot get into a whole “East coast vs. West coast” battle (LOL), but I agree that FW West definitely has a very relaxing, calming effect, as opposed to a more charged envirnment on the opposite side of the park. It’s completely transparent, and I think 99.9% of Guests will never notice it. Great post!