I love the internet. Sure, there are always interesting stories and facts coming to light, but every now and again you see something you never, ever thought you’d see. Or see again, that is.
From YouTube comes this amazing video; it’s a trip from the TTC to EPCOT in the driver’s cabin of a Mark IV monorail. In 1984. How much do I wish I’d had a video camera in 1984? A lot, that’s how much.
This video is incredible. It captures so much of what made this era great; the newness of everything, the Jack Wagner narration on the monorail, even the awesomely ridiculous orange carpeting of the monorail cockpit seats. This is the EPCOT of legend – the powerhouse lineup of Universe of Energy, Horizons, and World of Motion in Future World east, and Journey into Imagination still holding down the fort on the west side. Oh, to be able to return to that world. Sadly, the video cuts off before we get to see the construction site of The Living Seas.
This recaptures so much of what seized my imagination as a kid; those hazy Floridian mornings, the quick and convenient monorail or boat ride to a theme park, and the promise of amazing new things to come. The peppy yet authoritative voice of Jack Wagner deserves a second mention for somehow managing to set the perfect mood for those exciting morning trips to the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT Center. Disney didn’t try to be exciting – it just was. Enjoy the video – it’s a rare treat!