‘Corpses’ of the characters from Food Rocks at EPCOT.
Avert your eyes!
Collection of media from the photographers, bloggers, and people that love EPCOT.
This just made me sad, but a creative post!
“Promised to exercise more? If only you could still hop on one of these Wondercycles. These video-enhanced exercise bikes allowed guests to enjoy a light workout when visiting the Wonders of Life Pavilion. (Apparently, walking around Epcot isn’t workout enough on vacation.)”
This is the first time I’ve read about this. Amazing find!
Son et Lumière: A Rare Look at EPCOT Center’s First Night Spectacular
These rare 1982 press shots gives us a rare insight to one of EPCOT Center’s shortest lived and obscurest shows: Carnival de Lumière.
The precursor to the now famous line of IllumiNations shows, Carnival was rather basic, in the fact that it only preformed on the entrance part of World Showcase Promenade. Instead of the quadrant of barges that form a loop in the center of World Showcase Lagoon, as in IllumiNations, Carnival had a fan of three barges that stretched from Mexico to Canada, much in the same way Disneyland’s World of Color is preformed today. The barges were solely for the purposes of projecting imagery onto large screens of misted water, a precursor to Laserphonic Fantasy employing actual lasers to paint bright shapes and images on larger curtains of water. Above, note the fountains positioned higher up, and being shot “down” into the lagoon, so as to be screens for the projections.
Pyrotechnics, meanwhile, were launched from smaller barges in between the fountain barges, and provided for a seamless line of spectacle across the northern shores of World Showcase Lagoon. The pyro effects weren’t as large as today’s presentations, but an assortment of comets, bursts, and streamers were used to accent the musical score.
Although there are no known recordings of the score, we can surmise that it was much like Laserphonic Fantasy’s: the original IllumiNations score, but under the guise of a heavy synthesizer.
However, despite all these negative qualifiers, this was the first! The first EPCOT Center night show that used the classical music of the nations of World Showcase, and the technical wizardry of Future World. A perfect synthesis for the grand and inspiring showcase that EPCOT Center is.
Here are five Epcot attractions that were originally named something else before they opened.
- World of Motion – According to the Disney Archives, this attraction, which celebrated transportation milestones and the possibility of where vehicles could take us in the future was one of the final opening-day attractions to be named. It was first referred to as the “Transportation Pavilion,” then tentatively named “Transcenter” and “Transcenter 2000” before finally becoming “World of Motion.”
- Horizons – Can you imagine that this beloved attraction of the past originally wasn’t planned to show a vision of the future at all, but a retrospective on how Thomas Edison harnessed electricity? When the direction of the attraction changed to focus on inventions that could impact our lives in the future, it was renamed “Century 3” and later “Futureprobe.” “Horizons” was the final pick.
- Journey Into Imagination – The attraction that introduced us to Dreamfinder and Figment was originally planned to be a part of the “Images & Imagination” Pavilion.
- The Living Seas – All the fun we had venturing to Seabase Alpha in the ’80s almost took place at “The Seas” attraction.
- Maelstrom – As late as March 1988 (two months before opening), Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion was named “SeaVenture” – even on attraction signage. The name “Maelstrom,” a Nordic name for a very powerful whirlpool, was the final choice.
Observation: The Disney Parks blog is trying really, really, really hard to harness the retrocot love while ignoring the fact that “they” were the ones to tear it all down.
STEP INTO THE FUTURE- Early 1980’s EPCOT Center commercial detailing Horizons, EPCOT’s first major expansion in 1983.
“Let’s all take one big breath in and let it out slowly, because it’s time for a look back at…Horizons.”