Disney Documentary Hour: A Day at EPCOT Center

By Keith Mahne

Today we return to our popular segment called Disney Documentary Hour featuring our favorite videos from Disney history. I think you’re going to love today’s documentary called A Day at Epcot Center. It walks you through a day at the park and was released in the late 1980s because it shows Horizons and Wonders of Life which were later additions. Continue after the page break and have a wonderful look at the heyday of EPCOT Center…

A Day At EPCOT Center starts us off at Spaceship Earth, going through Communicore where we see the “futuristic” costumes of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and others, then out to The Living Seas and Seabase Alpha.

It ventures on to The Land pavilion back when Symbiosis was playing. We’ll take a ride on the main attraction Listen to The Land with it’s on-boat narration. We get a look at the long gone Kitchen Kabaret which stood where Soarin’ is now.

Next up is Journey Into Imagination with the original and most cherished version of the ride, and then to ImageWorks with the Rainbow Corridor.

The World of Motion is next with it’s adjoining Transcenter.

You’ll notice that during this time, Horizons is open and the footage is great and even shows some of the “choose your own future” endings.

Next up is the Wonders of Life pavilion back when it actually had full attendance. We get to see the The Making of Me which is rare for publicized glimpses into Wonders of Life.

The Universe of Energy is next, pre-Ellen and Bill Nye but still with dinosaurs.

They show Surprise in the Skies, an air/water show on the World Showcase Lagoon.

Then, you work your way starting with Canada, onto the UK, then France, Morocco which was one of the newer pavilions added after the park opened, Japan, Italy, Germany, skipping over to China, then Norway which was also added post-opening and has Maelstrom with brand new audio-animatronics, and on to Mexico with the El Rio De Tiempo boat ride. There is also a lot of the footage of the live entertainment spread throughout the World Showcase and the omnibus that used to drive people around the area. The American Adventure is the last pavilion to be shown, featuring the early version of The Voices of Liberty, back when they were called the Liberty Singers and wore differing costumes ranging from the pilgrims to post-colonial.

As a fitting ending to the program, we’ll see IllumiNations with it’s heavily synthesized score and lasers.

So sit back, grab your favorite fanny pack and get ready to be sent back to the 80s as Disney Avenue presents A Day at EPCOT Center….Enjoy:

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