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.
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”
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
Clicking on the Vimeo icon will take you to a special description with clickable “chapters” for the individual interviews in the presentation.
My Dear Futurists,
Over the past several years, I’ve rather unwisely poured everything into this project. Designing “the worlds most unique EPCOT Centered endeavor” takes a lot of time, energy and finances to bring to reality, all of which are interrelated to one another. Time & energy spent away from my “day job”, investing in a degree, and sacrificing other job offers to work on E82 — a project that has always had higher goals than just a repository of history, music and artwork. One that has a real possibility of become a driving force for Epcot’s future. And in order to continue such work I NEED YOU!
I’m at the very end of my fiscal rope, and this project cannot evolve without monetary assistance.
There is a Very Real and Very Dark future on the horizon for Epcot.
A future that I have a highly practical plan to Stop!
And it very well might be our last hope.
Please help me to continue this fight for a Brighter Tomorrow!
Every little bit helps, but there are certain benefits to providing more assistance.
Thank You for Your Support,
I simply cannot do this without YOU!
Although not nearly as deserving as he, In the past few days I’ve felt very much like George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Your response has been nothing short of astounding, and I am ever so grateful to each and every one of you for supporting my efforts to not just pay tribute to EPCOT’s impressive past, but also work to become a driving force for its future!
I’ve often quoted the park’s official anthem “We Just Begun to Dream” and while that is still very much true “Dreaming” is not enough. As Walt once said, “The way to get started is to QUIT Talking and Begin DOING” And there is SO much left to be done with this ever expanding project. Therefore, I’m reorganizing, revitalizing, and recommitting myself to seeing this mission through.
There are many plans, ideas, and objectives still left to be accomplished and with your help we can bring forth a brighter tomorrow!
From the official backstory,
“It is the year 2036, and advances in space technology have finally made the exploration of our solar system possible. The world is undergoing a renaissance of the spirit of the 1960’s, when space represented our destiny. Several space stations are in orbit around earth, and robotic teams have been exploring neighboring planets for many years. Now astronaut teams are being sought for missions to nearby planets and asteroids. So many astronauts are needed, in fact, that the space organizations of the world have come together to form the INTERNATIONAL SPACE TRAINING CENTER.”
Inspired by the final graphic of all training videos, the latest edition to the Logo Series, features the poignantly symbolic ISTC Logo with Black, White & Gold treatment surrounded by trajectories representing the eight (sorry Pluto) planets of our solar system.
Taking its cue from the prismatic qualities of its many triangular facets, the Geodesic Series begins to explore the many lighting schemes of Spaceship Earth. Every month this year we’ll be adding a new edition to this series with a 50/50 mix of historic replications and uniquely imagined color schemes.
Our Series begins with varation on the color scheme that has existed for over 15 years.