#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 7th, 2013 23:24
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
#2 By: Stefan Jones, July 7th, 2013 23:37
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)
#3 By: WotansWoodcraft, July 7th, 2013 23:57
The only thing I could think at the end was, "Dear Bog, is it OVER?"
#4 By: Patrick Hutchison, July 8th, 2013 00:07
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.
#5 By: Ethan Allen's Scion, July 8th, 2013 00:14
What made Card Walker the worst Disney leader? And how on earth did he possibly beat out Eisner for that distinction?
#6 By: Antinous, July 8th, 2013 01:13
I kept expecting the narrator to say, "Last week, as you recall, Dr. Smith and the Robot..."
#7 By: Tim Quinn, July 8th, 2013 01:51
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.
#9 By: chriscoreline, July 8th, 2013 03:23
oh man! this is excellent. remember the pre-post-apocolyptic vision of the future? Those were the days.
#10 By: Bob_Shaw, July 8th, 2013 04:32
Was the artwork by Robert McCall? It was difficult to be sure with such a poor quality video.
#11 By: Jim_Campbell, July 8th, 2013 09:51
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.
#12 By: Tavie, July 8th, 2013 09:59
Epcot is my favorite place in the whole world.
#13 By: Jonathan Carter, July 8th, 2013 10:22
Eisner isn't really my cup of tea, but he did bring back movie success to Disney.
#14 By: ProgressCityUSA, July 8th, 2013 22:53
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...
#15 By: Cory Doctorow, July 12th, 2013 23:24
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