Preview video for Epcot Center, 1978


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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

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

The only thing I could think at the end was, "Dear Bog, is it OVER?"


#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.


#5

What made Card Walker the worst Disney leader? And how on earth did he possibly beat out Eisner for that distinction?


#6

I kept expecting the narrator to say, "Last week, as you recall, Dr. Smith and the Robot..."


#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.


#9

oh man! this is excellent. remember the pre-post-apocolyptic vision of the future? Those were the days.


#10

Was the artwork by Robert McCall? It was difficult to be sure with such a poor quality video.


#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.


#12

Epcot is my favorite place in the whole world.


#13

Eisner isn't really my cup of tea, but he did bring back movie success to Disney.


#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...


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