I always enjoyed Innoventions in the old days. It seemed that it became the forgotten part of Epcot for many years as you refered to.
I do know that there is a new ‘design Your Own’ thrill ride called Sum of all Thrills in Innoventions East which I plan to check out. Reading about it is sounds like the design process is like the one at Disney Quest, but you do not sit in a capsule. Here is what is listed on the WDW site for Innoventions:
Exhibits located at Innoventions East:
•Sum of all Thrills™ – Test your imagination by designing a thrill ride using an interactive touch screen that lets you determine height and speed while adding features such as dips and corkscrew turns. Once “built,” climb aboard your very own design in the 4-D robotic simulator that uses sight, sound and movement to give you a realistic experience. Guests must meet a minimum height requirement of 48 inches to ride and 54 inches to invert on the ride.
•StormStruck – Experience what it feels like to be in the perfect storm and discover important ways to protect your home and family in case of severe weather.
•Test the Limits Lab – Treat yourself to a safety test where you are invited to shatter, drop and impact some of the products you use at home every day. Enjoy a short film hosted by Timon and Pumbaa and learn how to be “safety smart.”
•Environmentality Corner – Learn important information on how you can protect and preserve our environment — learn about papermaking and even make a sample to take home .
Exhibits located at Innoventions West:
•The Great Piggy Bank AdventureSM – Take an exciting learning challenge that incorporates physical and virtual elements to teach everyone in the family the importance of sound financial planning.
•Smarter Planet – Get a glimpse at how new advances in computer design can significantly reduce our energy use and how technology is utilized to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Create your own avatar then experience a video game starring — YOU.
•Videogame Playground – Experience the latest in videogame technology as you compete against your favorite sports teams, challenge a villain to a duel or embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure with some of your favorite Disney Characters.
•Where’s the Fire? – Get your picture taken at the 30-foot pumper truck, become a Fire Chief by answering the most questions at the Burning Questions kiosks, and explore the Play it Safe Maze in this fun exhibit promoting fire safety.
You can visit the Innoventions website!
Innoventions at Epcot | Walt Disney World Resort