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EPCOT: Origins – A Model Future, 1978

For those of us in the lowly demographic called “fandom”, true insight is only gained through extreme displays of excess and obsessiveness. This especially holds true when researching older Imagineering projects, and most particularly projects that were somehow altered or never came to be. So little artwork or information escapes from Fortress Disney, that each [...]

Neverworlds – The Israel Agreement

Concept art for shopping street in the Israel pavilion at EPCOT Center by Herb Ryman

Another press release from the sad file of fruitless announcements, this excited blurb comes from November of 1981:

ISRAEL JOINS COMMUNITY OF NATIONS AT EPCOT CENTER

Representatives of the State of Israel and Walt Disney World signed an agreement for [...]

The Ryman Centennial: The 21st Century Begins

Herb Ryman at work on EPCOT Center’s Mexico pavilion

Herb Ryman’s work on EPCOT City for Walt Disney ended well before Walt Disney World’s debut in 1971. Ryman departed WED Enterprises that year, and set off on another round of world travels. He returned to the halls of Imagineering in 1976, though, in order to [...]

Ten Wishes for the New Year: #2

It took some time, but this is a biggie. Survey says…

#2 – Rethink EPCOT. Completely. Smell that? That’s the smell of potential!

It’s been a while since I last did one of these. The delay was, in part, because not only is this particular topic very near and dear to my heart, but it’s [...]

Ten Wishes for the New Year: #10

For the start of the new year, I had hoped to do one of those “top ten” lists of things I’d like to see happen in the Disney parks – and especially Walt Disney World – in 2009. Not that I would deem any of my wishes likely to be fulfilled, and in many cases [...]