Entrance Plaza
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Tuesday
Oct182016

CommuniConcert

From futuristic fountains to fiber optic thoroughfares  — the FutureWorld Soundtrack Series continues with a tribute to one of the most underrated and yet subconsciously appreciated pavilions in EPCOT Center. A “Global Main Street of ideas and inventions” that was literally the nerve center of the park — a “close encounter with the future” as conveyed at CommuniCore…   

  

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Tuesday
Oct112016

VISTA SERIES — Electroluminescence 

From its streamlined façade of 21st Century columns to the rounded forms of its entrances, the CommuniCore Vista pays tribute to the multi-level circular structures at the heart of Future World. For this edition, the arcs of CommuniCore are echoed in its light beams with a color scheme inspired by the Pavilion’s multicolored marquees. 

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Designer’s Note: This edition features the debut of the CommuniCore Pavilion Line-Art including a Fountain of Nations with water jets depicting a familiar outline. 

Tuesday
Sep202016

Aquaspheres

From the avant-garde overtures of Entrance Plaza, to the electronically-driven chords of Innoventions and all points inbetween, the Future World Atmospheres Series takes its cue from the many soundscapes the permeate the park with newly re-mastered/restored recordings repackaged for professional playback.
Our fifth edition brings us to one of the most fondly remembered pavilions of EPCOT Center...   

  

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Sunday
Aug072016

Soarin's Skyway

One of several sequential spaces inspired by a series of superb airport terminals, the suitably named “Skyway” with its striking Cobalt Blue Neon lines is the point of departure for the popular Soarin’ Around the World experience inside The Land pavilion. Captured here (by popular demand) are a select few of the many sophisticated textures found throughout the queue of this recently enhanced attraction, now finally worthy of its place among Epcot’s globally-themed environments. 

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Tuesday
Jul052016

The Spirit of EPCOT Center

As difficult as it is to comprehend, try your best to imagine the current Walt Disney Company spending 37 Billion Dollars on a single project. Yes,... THRITY-SEVEN BILLION Dollars! What could possibly be worth such a staggering amount of investment? How on Earth could one begin to justify such financially risky endeavor!? And what bank would even entertain such a proposal longer than a single millisecond?

By now, you should be getting (at least) a small idea about as to the gravitas EPCOT Center held for Walt Disney Productions in 1982. For the “theme park” cost was roughly 50% of the net worth of the Company in 1982. By comparison, the (very conservatively estimated) $6.5M Shanghai Disneyland, is less than 9% of the company today.

So why did, Card Walker approve of such an ambitious project?  Although not explicitly stated, the following video does give some sense as to the enormiously altruistic aspirations everyone involved with EPCOT Center was striving for. 

 

“The Spirit of EPCOT Center”
February 1983
Featuring (in order of appearance) 

Donn Tatum, Tony Baxter, Ken Anderson, Marty Sklar,
John Hench, Randy Bright, Dr. Alan Yarnell, Ray Bradbury,
Dr. Carl Hodges, Bob McCarthy, Ward Kimball, Card Walker & Walt Disney     

 

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Clicking on the Vimeo icon will take you to a special description with clickable “chapters” for the individual interviews in the presentation.