doctorow — 2013-07-07T23:24:29-04:00 — #1
This 1978 preview video for Epcot Center features Card Walker, unquestionably the worst chief executive the Disney company ever had at the helm. It's a trove of awesome flat-pack futurism and great haircuts. Epcot Center 1978 Preview Video Featuring Card Walker READ THE REST
stefanjones — 2013-07-07T23:37:48-04:00 — #2
My first thought on seeing the title was "1978? Wasn't it open by then?" I had to check wikipedia. Epcot opened in 1982, so this really was a preview.
It seems hard to believe that the place was "only" ten years old when I visited in '92. It seemed so hokey and dated. (Heck . . . If I'd gone in '84, after reading Neuromancer, I would have found it hokey and dated)
wotanswoodcraft — 2013-07-07T23:57:19-04:00 — #3
The only thing I could think at the end was, "Dear Bog, is it OVER?"
grumblebum — 2013-07-08T00:07:33-04:00 — #4
I forget the exact year that my family went to Epcot, but I'm guessing it was in the last couple of years of the 80s. I too thought it was super-dated at that time. In fact, my innocent impression/assumption was that it had been built in the 60s or something, with a few updates slapped on over the intervening decades... But not enough to keep it current, let alone futuristic.
woodchuck45 — 2013-07-08T00:14:34-04:00 — #5
What made Card Walker the worst Disney leader? And how on earth did he possibly beat out Eisner for that distinction?
antinous — 2013-07-08T01:13:40-04:00 — #6
I kept expecting the narrator to say,
Last week, as you recall, Dr. Smith and the Robot...
timquinn — 2013-07-08T01:51:38-04:00 — #7
They tell a story of the young Steve jobs taking a trip to Florida to visit Epcot. The Young Steve reportedly ditched his family on Epcot day to go down to the beach and fool around with the pay phones.
chriscoreline — 2013-07-08T03:23:34-04:00 — #9
oh man! this is excellent. remember the pre-post-apocolyptic vision of the future? Those were the days.
bob_shaw — 2013-07-08T04:32:13-04:00 — #10
Was the artwork by Robert McCall? It was difficult to be sure with such a poor quality video.
jim_campbell — 2013-07-08T09:51:14-04:00 — #11
I Like how, at the monet the song says "Dreams of the future" a couple people go by riding dolphins underwater (with numbers on them.. are they racing?). That's a weird future.
tavie — 2013-07-08T09:59:41-04:00 — #12
Epcot is my favorite place in the whole world.
joncarter — 2013-07-08T10:22:16-04:00 — #13
Eisner isn't really my cup of tea, but he did bring back movie success to Disney.
progresscityusa — 2013-07-08T22:53:06-04:00 — #14
Oh to return to the times when Disney actually had ambition.
This is actually an edited and spliced version of two separate videos. One is 1978, but the other is much later - you can see the transition around 2:30 when the new narrator kicks in. That version of Epcot was much more similar to the opening-day shows.
@Bob_Shaw Yes, some of the artwork was by McCall! He worked on the Horizons pavilion, which you see toward the end of the video.
God I loved Epcot...
doctorow — 2013-07-12T23:24:38-04:00 — #15
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