EPCOT Center 25th Anniversary Gallery and Museum, Part Three

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Published on June 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm with 4 Comments

Let’s take another stroll through the history of EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World by visiting the west side of Future World (the Land, the Living Seas and Journey into Imagination).

The gallery was open briefly, starting in 2007, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Epcot. The main impetus of the gallery was to offer the fans of Epcot Center a look back at the pavilions of the theme park. With the 30th Anniversary fast approaching, I wanted to take a more detailed look at the mini-museum; partially to share the details and to inspire more historical information from the company.

The Living Seas: Try to imagine a Future of Incredible Adventure and Discovery

At the Living Seas you can expand your understanding of the vital role that the oceans play in weather creation, geology, and as a life support system for our planet. The Seas begins wit ha compelling film experience that examines the beauty, complexity, and fragility of ocean systems.

Next, we board the hydrolaters for a decent to Seabase Alpha, a Prototype Undersea Research Lab featuring interactive exhibits on the future of mankind’s exploration of the seas. Here in the world’s sixth ocean, we can view sea life and diver activities in a massive Caribbean coral reef, or enjoy a meal at the Coral Reef Restaurant.

Figment’s Fun Facts: There are 70 types of fish in the Coral Reef aquarium

The Land: Set Sail for Tomorrow’s Harvest

The largest of the Future World structures, The Land encompasses nearly six acres. As we enter this incredible structure, a variety of means of exploring man’s relationship to  the land are available to us.

In Listen to the Land boat cruise we travel through a tropical rain forest, a desert, and a prairie. We then explore futuristic technologies aimed at solving the world’s food needs. “Symbiosis” is a motion picture about the delicate balance between technology and the environment, and Kitchen Kabaret is a humorous Audio-Animatronics show about the benefit of good nutrition.

Journey Into Imagination: One Little Spark of Inspiration

Within the radiant crystal structures of Journey Into Imagination is a wonderland of creativity. Aboard their “Dream Machine,” Dreamfinder and his little purple dragon, Figment, take us from the “Dreamport” on a fanciful journey into the realms of art, literature, film and of course “what about science…”

Upstairs from the ride exit, we can enjoy a creative playground of the future at Image Works. Next-door, The Magic Eye Theater is showing the 3-D film Magic Journeys.

Figment’s Fun Fact: Figment was the first character to appear at Epcot.

Special thanks to Brian Martsolf (of Mousin’ It Up and Walt Disney World: a History in Postcards) for the use of his photos.

Given the opportunity, would you like to see Disney bring back the Epcot Center Gallery or do something different to celebrate the 30th anniversary?

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Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2912 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT’s World Showcase for this one of a kind event!

Your ticket includes:

  • Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)!
  • Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder!
  • Decadent dessert reception!
  • Short scavenger hunt hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate (prizes will be awarded)!
  • Prizes, giveaways and more!
  • The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history!
  • Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break!
  • Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening (with an incredible surprise)!

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George has been obsessed with Disney theme parks since the first time he saw a photo of the Haunted Mansion in the early 70s. He started writing about Disney in 2007 and has amassed one of the world's largest Disney-related libraries.

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  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    Retro Epcot was fresh, inventive, exciting and filled with wonder. Anyone else miss the original vision for Epcot before the Imagineers just started slapping attractions into Future World without rhyme or reason?

  • Timekeeper

    I am enjoying your articles from the 25th Anniversary Gallery, is there more pictures?


    • George Taylor

      Timekeeper, I have (probably) two more posts about the Gallery that I can share. surprisingly, there are not a lot of photos available!