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The World of Motion first opened in Epcot on the 1st October 1982, and closed on 2nd January 1996.
The World of Motion sponsored by General Motors was one of the original attractions at Epcot, and consisted of a slow-ride around a number of static and audio-animatronic exhibits that depicted the history and mythology of the various forms of transportation through the ages.
Unfortunately The World of Motion has now been closed to make way for the GM Test Track, although the original World of Motion building has thankfully been left reasonably intact, and incorporated into the new Test Track attraction rather than being torn-down and replaced.
As you walked up to the building, the first thing that you noticed was the outdoor portion of the ride extending up and around a center column above the entryway.
Once inside the ride, the guest was presented with a series of scenes most of which included audio-animatronic characters, including and Egyptian scene in which an Egyptian pharoh turns away those that have designed faulty wheels, and welcomes the inventor with a round circular wheel, scenes with DaVinci in, featuring the Mona Lisa in the background, sea-scapes complete with sea-serpents, scenes depicting crashes, western style train robberies, and scenes depicting the importance of the car in today's world.
At the end of the ride the guest was given one final view of the future as the ride car became a futuristic car with you in it looking through a mirror. This effect being achieved using the same method as in the Haunted Mansion where a ghost joins the guest in the Doom Buggy.
Finally following the ride unloading area the ride exited into a large auditorium which was a big GM advert with demonstrations of current and future automotive technology.