FLIGHT SIMULATOR THRILL RIDE ALONG WITH SHOWS AND ACTIVITIES ALL
CELEBRATING HUMAN LIFE
Wonders of Life attraction features Body Wars,
Cranium Command, and Fitness Fairgrounds, The Making of Me, Frontiers of
Medicine, Sensory Funhouse, and more!
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of Life, presented by MetLife, featuring "Body Wars" flight-simulator
thrill ride and a variety of shows and activities celebrating human life.
The DNA Tower at the entrance to Epcot Wonders of Life pavilion is 5.5
billion times actual size -- just the right size for a human 6 million
miles tall.A 100,000 square-foot attraction at Epcot taking a serious
and amusing look at health, fitness and modern lifestyles.
Body Wars -- A thrill ride through the human body, accomplished by means
of flight-simulator technology.
Cranium Command -- A humorous theater show in which the audience helps
to pilot the brain of an adolescent boy. This light-hearted
look at how our bodies work includes many popular actors from stage and
screen, including George Wendt, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Charles Grodin,
Jon Lovitz and Bobcat Goldthwait.
The Making of Me -- Where the miraculous process of pregnancy
and birth is seen through the eyes of an adult traveling through time
from his own conception to birth.
Frontiers of Medicine -- Presenting exhibits on leading-edge developments
in medicine and the health sciences.
Sensory Funhouse -- Featuring interactive exhibits that baffle the senses.
Coaches Corner -- Where guests get tips from top professionals in golf,
tennis and baseball. Instant replay allows Walt Disney World guests to
compare their videotaped stroke with that of a professional athlete.
Goofy about Health -- A multi-screen video presentation in which Goofy
comes to terms with good health habits.
Met Lifestyle Revue -- Answer the computers questions about your
work, diet, exercise and sleep patterns and find out just how you rate.
The Anacomical Players -- An improvisational theater troupe performs skits
dealing with the lighter side of life and health.
Wondercyles -- Video-enhanced exercise bikes that allow guests to enjoy
a light workout using tomorrows exercise technology.
A spectacular thrill ride through the human body propels
Walt Disney World guests beyond the pounding chambers of the heart as
they race against time in "Body Wars," an action-packed adventure
at Wonders of Life at Epcot.
"Body Wars" combines the physical sensation of a roller coaster
with special-effects film techniques on this fantastic journey aboard
a "miniaturized" medical body probe.
Set beneath the gleaming Wonders of Life gold dome in Future World,
the breath-taking ride is one of many life-and-health related attractions
presented by MetLife in the colorful, 100,000-square-foot pavilion.
Excitement builds steadily as guests traverse a tunnel-like corridor
enroute to the "Body Wars" launch site, where scientists are
"miniaturized" to the size of a single cell and beamed inside
the human body. The probes captain -- ex-fighter pilot Jack Braddock
-- prepares to set out on a seemingly routine medical mission. The crew
of civilian observers accompanying him is comprised of Walt Disney World
guests. Their objective is to rendezvous with Dr. Cynthia Lair, an immunologist
who also has been miniaturized and beamed inside a patient to study
the bodys response to a splinter lodged beneath the skin. Soon,
however, the voyage evolves into a high-speed race against time when
Lair is swept from the splinter site into the rush of the blood-stream.
Beyond the pounding chambers of the subjects heart and on through
the lungs gale-force winds, the ship rides the bodys current
in an effort to rescue Dr. Lair. Even after shes safely on board,
excitement builds as the ship loses power and heads toward the brain
in search of emergency power and escape.
Created by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) -- the design and engineering
division of the Walt Disney Co. -- and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM),
the adventure leaves guests with the sensation that they have traveled
through a real human body. ILM, the motion picture effects group established
by George Lucas, created the Academy Award-winning visual effects of
"Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
The film is directed by Leonard Nimoy, known worldwide for his portrayal
of Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" television series and films
and as director of "Star Trek IV" and the Touchstone comedy
hit, "Three Men and a Baby."
"Even though Body Wars is the shortest film Ive
ever directed, it presented a new set of challenges," says Nimoy.
"We had to take into account that the film will be shown inside
a moving theater -- the simulator. So, in order to intensify the sense
of motion, we built a set that actually moves, and rocked it during
filming to match the pitching and rolling of the simulator."
Through the uncanny use of models, computer graphics and stunning photographic
techniques, images of the heart, lungs and brain envelop guests as their
body probe careens, dives, and rocks its way through the bloodstream.
The result is a "fantastic vision of the body -- a very dramatic
and beautiful place thats anatomically accurate," says Braverman,
WDI veteran and show producer for the Wonders of Life pavilion. "Its
a unique new perspective on the wonders of life. Our goal is to show
people what a wondrous realm the human body is."
Forty passengers can ride in each of the four 26-ton moving theaters
-- actually simulators resembling those used in pilot training -- which
provide the sensation of fast movement. All the excitement of a thrill
ride is created by combining this movement with the 70mm motion picture
footage projected inside the simulator.
"Youre watching a movie, but youre in a capsule thats
being moved about with incredible forces and speed," says Braverman,
who previously worked on concept and design development for Epcots
Journey Into Imagination and The Living Seas. "Youre getting
G-forces that tell your inner ear that youre pitching, rolling
and rapidly accelerating. When these motions are synchronized to the
visuals, the illusion is extremely convincing."
Filming a dramatic chase on location inside the body proved to be a
real challenge, says Scott Hennesy, show writer for "Body Wars."
"But what better team could you imagine than Disneys own
Imagineers, together with the premier wizards of movie special effects,
Industrial Light and Magic," Hennesy adds.
Based on designs and story ideas from the Imagineers and Industrial
Light and Magic, technicians at ILM built extremely detailed sets that
re-create the world within the human body.
Then they went to work, using the same computerized motion-control cameras
and equipment used to film the spectacular space footage for the "Star
Tours" attraction at Disneyland in California, Disneyland Paris,
Tokyo Disneyland, and the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
The innovative film was produced by Tom Brodek. Tom Smith, executive
producer of the hit, "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," and former
five-year head of ILM, was technical adviser on the film.
To ensure the authenticity of "Body Wars," a prominent team
of advisers specializing in the teaching and practice of medicine was
Director of visual effects for the project was ILMs Dave Carson,
who was fascinated with visualizing the body from the point of view
of miniaturized explorers.
"It was difficult to create the illusion of a tiny body probe bouncing
along in the bloodstream," Carson says. "In some scenes, we
used complex computer graphics to depict thousands of blood cells. These
shots only last a few seconds, but it took several very large computers
running day and night for weeks to generate all the images."
Beyond "Body Wars," more adventures await guests in Wonders
of Life, the eighth major pavilion in Future World. Other attractions
include "Cranium Command," "The Making of Me," "Coachs
Corner," "The Anacomical Players," "Goofy About
Health," the Fitness Fairgrounds and a food bar featuring guilt-free
"Wonders of Life is designed to celebrate fitness, wellness and
the joy of being alive," Braverman says. "Its goal is to have
the guests come away with a greater appreciation of what a marvelous
machine the human body is and how they can help keep their own in good
running order." Presented by MetLife this pavilion explores many
aspects of life, health and medicine. Featured is the Body Wars,
a simulated and turbulent ride through the human body (very similar
in nature to Disney Studios Star Tours ride). If you get motion
sickness, this ride is to be avoided.
Turbulent thrill ride through the human body.
Hilarious look at the workings of a 12 year olds brain with celebrity
guests. Great for the kids and humorous for adults as well.
"The Making Of Me":
Sensitive film on the beginning of life.
Met Lifestyle Review:
Pro's judge your baseball, golf and tennis swings.
Frontiers of Medicine:
"Goofy About Health":
Test your senses.
Since Epcot's opening on October 1, 1982 a health and fitness pavilion
was on the drawing boards, but since no sponsor was interested, it went
unbuilt. But, on October 19, 1989 The Wonders of Life pavilion opened
its doors with Met Life as its sponsor. It was the most recent pavilion
to be added to Future World and guests can enjoy a multitude of activities.
Body Wars: This attraction uses the same technology that made "Star
Tours" at The Disney MGM Studios possible. Here guests board flight
simulators and are acting as "scientists" which will be miniaturized
and placed inside a human body by way of a blood vessel in search of
a splinter that has entered the body. During the ride you loose one
of your fellow scientists and at the same time are loosing power and
you must choose between rescuing the scientist or getting out safely.
This attraction has great animation and special effects, and at the
same time rocks you back and forth.
HEIGHT RESTRICTION: Guests must be at least 40" tall to ride 'Body
Wars.' Children ages seven (7) and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cranium Command: This attraction may be one of the forgotten attractions
at Epcot, but it is also one of the best! Here guests are lead into
a pre-show area where guests are given an introduction on what you are
about to see. Next, you are lead into a 200-seat theater which appears
to be a control room for a boy's brain. Buzzy, appears as an Audio-Animatronic
character who has just finished his "basic training" and has
the difficult job of piloting a boy's brain. With the help of General
Knowledge, the right and left sides of the brain, the stomach, heart,
and the adrenal glands (all voiced by well known celebrities such as
George Wendt, Kevin Nealon, and Dana Carvey) Buzzy gets through one
very chaotic day. Guests will be able to go through all the daily activities
and witness all the havoc that is created by your average twelve year
old. This attraction is a must see!
The Rest of the Pavilion: Besides the two major attractions: Cranium
Command and Body Wars, there are several other activities and shows
for you to experience. When you walk into the pavilion you will notice
on your left hand side several exersize bikes, known as "wonder
cycles." Here guests can exersize their legs by traveling through
Disneyland via the television screen in front of you.
Other areas of the pavilion include the Coaches Corner where you choose
your favorite sport--either baseball, tennis, or golf and get your swing
analyzed by a professional via a television screen. The kids love this
"The Making of Me" is a comical show staring Martin Short
in a short film on sex education, Disney style. "Goofy about Health"
is a short film staring Goofy going from a lazy, sloppy living guy to
a someone who is very health conscious.
Pure & Simple: Located on the east side of The Wonders of Life pavilion
this snack food stand offers a variety of health foods.
Specialty: sandwiches, frozen yogurt, fruit juices
Serves: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks
Priority Seating: N/A
Service: Counter Service
The main attraction in the Wonders of Life Pavilion, Body Wars,
is a rough simulator-type ride through the human body. The basic plot
is that you are shrunk to miniscule proportions to watch a scientist
remove a splinter. However, this plan changes quickly as the scientist
is mistaken to be an antigen and attacked by white blood cells. Your
mission: rescue the scientist! This ride is not too frightening (unless
the sight of blood makes you queasy), but is one of the roughest in
Walt Disney World. There are the standard pregnancy, back, and heart
regulations/advisories imposed on this ride. Personally, I would add
eating to these, as I would not recommend eating and riding this for
a while after. The technology used in Body Wars is state of the art,
but it just falls short of a great Disney ride.
Wait: Usually 45 minutes to an hour, but much shorter at night.
Restrictions: No children under 3 admitted. Children under 7 only with
adult. Those with heart problems, back problems, or who are pregnant
should avoid this ride.
Shippahoy.com rates Body Wars: of 5
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