We recently showed a picture of the Epcot model from 1978, which included the “Transportation” pavilion that would later become World of Motion. I’ve come across this rendering of that same pavilion, which I believe to be by Imagineering artist Collin Campbell, and I thought it would help to shed a little light on that earlier design for the attraction.
The Transportation pavilion was the first of the Future World attractions to find a sponsor, and it was the backing of General Motors that helped give Disney C.E.O. Card Walker the confidence to move forward with the Epcot project in October of 1978. Early concepts for the show building mirror the eventual attraction’s cylindrical shape, but you can see in this early rendering that the original concept was for there to be semi-circular “bumps” extending from the perimeter of the building. The atrium at the building’s core was, for a time, meant to be enclosed by a glass wall, and you can see that the ride’s omnimover vehicles were to pass in and out of this atrium several times. In the final attraction, of course, vehicles would make a single loop through an outdoor atrium before entering the show building.
Hopefully, we can find out more about this interesting early take on Transportation in the future…
Oh, and also – I’m a big fan of this guy: