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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    ^^ I want to see one!
    They are exactly the same as my signature picture with the "Guidemap" title and some other writing. I'm sure tha someone will post a picture of it here on MC. Otherwise, it's on a magical WDW site.



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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    By 5pm they were out of the freebie EPCOT 25th buttons they were giving away at the gate. So latecomers didn't get the button or the retro map/guide. Oh well.

    A great late afternoon with Soarin' and the new Mexico attraction. Lots of fun. Then dinner...fantastic!

    During dinner it was apparent that the skies had opened up yet again as folks were streaming and steaming by just drenched to the bone.

    After dinner we when out to see the special Illuminations with the 4 minute 25th tag using the WWIII barges. It looked good weather wise at that point. But five minutes to 9pm...it starts pouring...just pouring. About 10,000 Guests made for the gates. Which turned out to be good because as the show started at 9:05pm...the rain completely stopped and it was beautiful and much less crowded.

    The usual great Illuminations, but the tag was really great. Duck and cover time at the Grand Finale! Awesome. They didn't do any old EPCOT music as part of the show or any audio or video of Walt from his EPCOT film...that had been the rumor going around. But it was still a great tag.

    At the end of the show Spaceship Earth was lasered with some nice animation of the old EPCOT Center graphic logo...some 25th stuff...and then the EPCOT "Center" font itself. That was nice to see.

    Leaving the Park I had to stop by the Monorail station and just look at that beautiful Spaceship Earth (without the wand!) and listen to the 1982 EPCOT Center Entrance Fanfare track being played. It just brought back so many exciting memories.

    Whew! What a day. All in all I think they did a great job considering they were late to their own party. Thumbs up to all, but especially to those independent people and organizations that put a fire under Disney to publicly recognize this important milestone.

    One more thing. Didn't see a soul all day from any media outlets. No Press being escorted. Nada. Just a few Disney cameramen wandering around capturing things for the company. So this really did have the feel of one of the old-time celebrations that used to be done mainly for the Guests rather than the media. Because of that...the day had a real nice feel to it, IMHO.

    Good Night Gracie.

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Sounds like everything, except weather, was good!! I wish I could've gotten down there for the day. I'll have to look on e-bay for one of those Figments!
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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    By 5pm they were out of the freebie EPCOT 25th buttons they were giving away at the gate. So latecomers didn't get the button or the retro map/guide. Oh well.

    A great late afternoon with Soarin' and the new Mexico attraction. Lots of fun. Then dinner...fantastic!

    During dinner it was apparent that the skies had opened up yet again as folks were streaming and steaming by just drenched to the bone.

    After dinner we when out to see the special Illuminations with the 4 minute 25th tag using the WWIII barges. It looked good weather wise at that point. But five minutes to 9pm...it starts pouring...just pouring. About 10,000 Guests made for the gates. Which turned out to be good because as the show started at 9:05pm...the rain completely stopped and it was beautiful and much less crowded.

    The usual great Illuminations, but the tag was really great. Duck and cover time at the Grand Finale! Awesome. They didn't do any old EPCOT music as part of the show or any audio or video of Walt from his EPCOT film...that had been the rumor going around. But it was still a great tag.

    At the end of the show Spaceship Earth was lasered with some nice animation of the old EPCOT Center graphic logo...some 25th stuff...and then the EPCOT "Center" font itself. That was nice to see.

    Leaving the Park I had to stop by the Monorail station and just look at that beautiful Spaceship Earth (without the wand!) and listen to the 1982 EPCOT Center Entrance Fanfare track being played. It just brought back so many exciting memories.

    Whew! What a day. All in all I think they did a great job considering they were late to their own party. Thumbs up to all, but especially to those independent people and organizations that put a fire under Disney to publicly recognize this important milestone.

    One more thing. Didn't see a soul all day from any media outlets. No Press being escorted. Nada. Just a few Disney cameramen wandering around capturing things for the company. So this really did have the feel of one of the old-time celebrations that used to be done mainly for the Guests rather than the media. Because of that...the day had a real nice feel to it, IMHO.

    Good Night Gracie.


    Thank you for the wonderful updates. It was nice to see they could do an old fashioned celebration.

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    I just got back home from EPCOT Center. It was a great day to be at the park, even with the inclement weather from time to time.

    The first hint of this being a special day came as opening day music was being played in lieu of the normal music loop played now a days... That was a great welcome present into the park. The Rededication at 10:01am was short but sweet. Micechat.com was well represented on stage... hehehe (lips are sealed) Marty Sklar talked and pyro went of over CommuniCore buildings, while the crowd got confetti streamers showers from above.

    Due to having to compromise my time with my G-Fan, whose birthday was also today, I sadly had to miss the Sklar talks in the Circle of Life pavillion, but I greatly enjoyed the exhibition they put behind the Coke/Beverly Club place... Much to my G-Fan's embarrasment, I got teary eyed while reading and re-living the exhibits, and opening day artifacts, old costumes, opening day music...etc etc. A CM came up to me and said "don't be embarrased to cry... it's been happening all day!".

    After a great meal at Tutti Italia, we settled in a good spot for IllumiNations.. Same nightly show, but followed by a very grand finale similar to those explosive pyro blasts we all love to see on the 4th of July and New year's eve. Fabulous. Of course, 10 minutes to 9pm, the skies opened and it rained hard for about 15 mins... The show was delayed until 9:15pm or so...

    I have few pics from the day.. and hope to post them soon.

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    I just got back home from EPCOT Center. It was a great day to be at the park, even with the inclement weather from time to time.

    The first hint of this being a special day came as opening day music was being played in lieu of the normal music loop played now a days... That was a great welcome present into the park. The Rededication at 10:01am was short but sweet. Micechat.com was well represented on stage... hehehe (lips are sealed) Marty Sklar talked and pyro went of over CommuniCore buildings, while the crowd got confetti streamers showers from above.

    Due to having to compromise my time with my G-Fan, whose birthday was also today, I sadly had to miss the Sklar talks in the Circle of Life pavillion, but I greatly enjoyed the exhibition they put behind the Coke/Beverly Club place... Much to my G-Fan's embarrasment, I got teary eyed while reading and re-living the exhibits, and opening day artifacts, old costumes, opening day music...etc etc. A CM came up to me and said "don't be embarrased to cry... it's been happening all day!".

    After a great meal at Tutti Italia, we settled in a good spot for IllumiNations.. Same nightly show, but followed by a very grand finale similar to those explosive pyro blasts we all love to see on the 4th of July and New year's eve. Fabulous. Of course, 10 minutes to 9pm, the skies opened and it rained hard for about 15 mins... The show was delayed until 9:15pm or so...

    I have few pics from the day.. and hope to post them soon.
    Awww, I am tearing up reading this story. What a wonderful experience for you hun.

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    I just got back home from EPCOT Center. It was a great day to be at the park, even with the inclement weather from time to time.

    The first hint of this being a special day came as opening day music was being played in lieu of the normal music loop played now a days... That was a great welcome present into the park. The Rededication at 10:01am was short but sweet. Micechat.com was well represented on stage... hehehe (lips are sealed) Marty Sklar talked and pyro went of over CommuniCore buildings, while the crowd got confetti streamers showers from above.

    Due to having to compromise my time with my G-Fan, whose birthday was also today, I sadly had to miss the Sklar talks in the Circle of Life pavillion, but I greatly enjoyed the exhibition they put behind the Coke/Beverly Club place... Much to my G-Fan's embarrasment, I got teary eyed while reading and re-living the exhibits, and opening day artifacts, old costumes, opening day music...etc etc. A CM came up to me and said "don't be embarrased to cry... it's been happening all day!".

    After a great meal at Tutti Italia, we settled in a good spot for IllumiNations.. Same nightly show, but followed by a very grand finale similar to those explosive pyro blasts we all love to see on the 4th of July and New year's eve. Fabulous. Of course, 10 minutes to 9pm, the skies opened and it rained hard for about 15 mins... The show was delayed until 9:15pm or so...

    I have few pics from the day.. and hope to post them soon.
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who got emotional when looking at all the exhibits in there. Seeing the Horizons case with the Robot inside was bittersweet.

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Great ending to your thread. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    A CM came up to me and said "don't be embarrased to cry... it's been happening all day!".
    Now you have me getting all teared up!

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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    Rededication Ceremony

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=A85W1MrDx_M
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=9YxHEp5h9F8

    Hopefully someone will post the special illuminations from last night, expected to be quite a bang
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    Re: Live From EPCOT's 25th!

    illuminations was awsome and in a word. LOUD. all those fireworks set off at once. I have to admit even with the rain showers it was a great day. and yes I got tearie eyes from time to time. Marty had great pictures and gave a very interesting talk that answered alot of questions I had about the park and how it was designed. My two favorite pieces were about the iranian pavilion and painting the living seas. he also had pictures of a pavilion for costa rica, denmark, isreal, and africa. The african one looked an awful lot like animal kingdom lodge and animal kingdom itself. and he showed what the original design for the american pavilion was.

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