Farewell 1st Job: Innoventions

Innoventions is Closing?! Like forever?

Innoventions

Either your reaction is similar to mine or you’re saying, “What is an Innoventions?”

Innoventions is that huge spinning futuristic building in the back of Tomorrowland. As of March 31st, we’ll be saying, “It was that huge spinning building in the back of Tomorrowland.”

It was announced unexpectantly that Inno would be closing, and while there hasn’t been a clear statement as to why, the rumors have started circulating.

“It’s all gonna be Star Wars. I knew it.”- everyone on the internet.

I don’t know why it’s closing. Would I be super bummed if they decided to add more storm troopers to that neck of the woods?

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Probably not. I am a huge fan of the Star Wars takeover, but at the same time, I’m a fan of that nostalgic Disney.

Innoventions meant different things for different people. For some, it meant air conditioning in the summer months. For others, it meant a chance to sit down while your kids played Disney DDR. For me, it meant my first job.

I was an Interactive host on the 2nd level. Holla upstairs cast members! I was so proud to have this job, and working there was something special. Unlike many parts of the park where you’re trying to get folks on a ride efficiently, Innoventions was a place for cast members who had a knack for long-term magical interactions. Guests could stay as long as they like and you were there to make them feel at home. I did everything from technology demos, to playing video games with kids. It’s also the place where I met some truly amazing people.

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A lot of the friends I worked with joined together to perform in a show called “Flashback!” where all the proceeds went to a local charity.

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Many of us went on to work in different departments. Some of us quit. No matter what, it was a place that connected a lot of people in an unexpected way, and I hope that that is the legacy of Innoventions. If you haven’t gone before, visit before it closes and give it a hug for me. Here are my favorite memories:

1) While demonstrating the technology of THE SEGWAY, I was riding it and bumped someone and I fell off.

2) Watching the fireworks from the 2nd floor.

3) Saying ‘hi’ to Tom Morrow when the ring was empty.

4) Beating kids at Disney DDR.

My ALL-TIME FAVORITE:

When I was training on the 1st floor I was ridiculously nervous. You stood outside at the moving platform as the different zones passed you by. The trick was, only 1 or 2 zones opened and you knew which zone in advance. You would talk on a microphone until your zone came up, then you would load a huge group of people on the platform. A video would play, and at the end of the video, the doors would magically open. I was so nervous and it didn’t help that Danny Bonaduce was in the group of guests. I loaded everyone on the platform. The video started. The building was moving. AND THE DOORS never opened. The guests rode the full 360 degrees with me getting a glimpse of the backstage area.

I don’t know what’s in store for Tomorrowland. I’ll miss my stomping ground, but I’m so glad I was a part of that legacy. Here’s to what’s next.

I’ll see you in the future,

Xoxo

The Subway Mouse

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