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Global Neighborhood opened on November 23, 1994, taking the place of Earth Station. The Spaceship Earth post-show exhibit allows guests to "experience first hand how powerful, complex, yet easy-to-use technology can be." The original Global Neighborhood was renovated during the late summer and early fall of 1999 re-opening as AT&T's New Global Neighborhood on November 24, 1999. The simulation ride in the center of the room was replaced with a giant tree made out of cables that change color. The trees roots weave down under a glass floor that features the outlines of the world's continents. Several holes in the tree are provided for guests to peer into and have their pictures taken. These pictures are then shown on video screen hanging from the branches of the tree. In addition, there are several plastic booths which allow guests to navigate through Epcot's new attractions. @ (the 'at' sign) is your hostess on this journey.
Below, you will find a brief description of the five key exhibits the original Global Neighborhood had to offer. The first four still exist in the New Global Neighborhood. The fifth was replaced by the new tree. These descriptions are from "AT&T's Global Neighborhood," a complimentary booklet that was provided for parents and teachers at the Information Desk in 1994.
The Cheshire Cat takes you into the future of television at "Interactive Wonderland." Using your voice to activate commands, you can watch movies, play interactive games and shop - all on your TV screen.
Word for word translations don't always lead to a clear understanding of what's being said, as you learn when interpreting idiomatic expressions in different languages.
With "Communication Breakthrough" you break down the walls of communication with a virtual paddle and, via video link, see the person you're speaking and playing with.
Story-Teller Phone lets the caller choose a fantasy background - such as a herd of wild elephants running through the jungle - so it sounds like he or she is calling from another place.
During your simulated cruise on AT&T's fiber optic information superhighway, you experience the constant flow of information - from encyclopedias to thousands of phone conversations to movies-on-demand - that crisscross AT&T's networks at any given moment.
We step onto the platform and see the AT&T logo and "Ride the AT&T Network" flash by. This announcement is heard.
Once a hand has been placed over the handprint on the center handrail, we hear this caution.
A door opens allowing a view of the AT&T network (through computer graphics).
As we ascend, we pass honking geese, hit the satellite and bounce down to Japan.
We see Japanese people talking back and forth through video phones.
Cassie arrives back at the museum.
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