Disney Celebrates Three Decades of Epcot
This September, Walt Disney World and the Disney Company will celebrate 3o years of entertainment for Epcot. The park originally had a different vision led by Walt Disney. With the passing of Walt Disney the parks development became a very different place. Today we celebrate the Epcot that we know and love. Many key designers will be presenting here including Jason Surrell, Marty Sklar, and Tony Baxter. These Imagineer’s had a huge influence in building the park we experience today.
I am sure we will see a tribute to the legends that we lost like John Hench and many more. John Hench was also a huge contributor. Most of what you see in future world was a direct influence from John Hench. If you are in the parks, take a look around and find the purple accents. That was John Hench’s favorite color to work with. Originally, Epcot was such a large idea that it would be two separate parks. They Imagineer’s actually rolled the two park ideas of the World Showcase and Future World together to form one park. Today it continues to morph with the future and past to create a place where families can have fun together.
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The one-day event will be full of fascinating panels and presentations, including “We Can Do It!” looking at the immense challenges that loomed before Disney’s creative team in constructing the resort’s second theme park; “Looking Back at Tomorrow,” unveiling recently discovered materials from the Walt Disney Archives highlighting many of the park’s original attractions including Horizons, Kitchen Kabaret and World of Motion; and “The EPCOT Center that Never Was” which will use rare concept artwork to give guests a glimpse at some of the pavilions and attractions that never made it off the drawing board.
Along with historians from the Walt Disney Archives, Imagineers and Disney Legends such as Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, Jason Surrell, Jason Grandt, Alex Wright, Ron Logan, and Bob Garner are also slated to participate in this landmark event, which will take place inside Epcot’s World ShowPlace.
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