In honor of Epcots 25th Anniversary October 1, 2007 this Episode features
audio of executive VP of Imagineering, Imagineering Ambassador to the World,
and Disney Legend Marty Sklars presentation to the folks assembled at the
Circle of Life theatre in the land pavilion at Epcot.
Above Libsyn image: Happy Anniversary Epcot this mid 1970s rendering of Epcot
shows it located on the shores of the Seven Seas lagoon on what is now
(and was already at that time)the TTC parking lot.
Below itunes image: The more interesting part of the concept art
below to me is not the early version of Spaceship Earth in the
foreground but in the background of the image, the original Hirshorn Museum inspired
(and center of the park) design of the American adventure Pavilion.
I googled the terms David Brinkley Disney inhopes of turning up the
video of Mr Brinkley that Mr. Skylar used at the begining of the video if you
have the "Walt Disney World Explorer" CD-rom it is on there . If you find this
video online or other pictures that seem to illustrate things shown in
this slide show (A lot of them really were familar stock photos) please
let me know
and I'll add links to them in the photos section of these show notes.
A better concept art image of Epcot
that show the original version of the American Pavilion located in the
center of the park is at Disneypix.coms page on this subject:
at 12:07 Marty pulled up this slide I belive the front three folks in the
canoe are Richard Irvine, Bill Evans, and Admiral Joe Fowler
(the Admiral has the paddle).
14:40 seconds in Marty pulled up a slide of this picture.
15:00 Roy, Walt and Card
15:28 Epcot Groundbreaking
18:50 Walts sketch
19:45 He pulled up a slide similar to this one though this is not the exact frame
27:38 General Motors equals Timbucktu?
28:08 no flags
32:55 war room
37:15 forgot to rent the crane ...the crowd spells out WE DID IT!
according the the imagineering book subtitled: A behind the dreams
look at making the magic real.
42:00 Above: Though I don't think this is the actual slide Marty used at this point
in the presentation it does show the Hischorn Museum of Art inspired
design for the American pavilion.
Below: Also not from the actual presentation, the image below, but in this image
you get a better feel for the centralized location of the attraction in
the park, before you even passed under the monorail line you would have walked
around or under the edge of the building into the central courtyard in fact
that round "donut" building design makes me wonder if they were perhaps
envisioning a Carosel of progress type ride system.