Walt Disney World
A History in Postcards
Chapter 7 We've Just Begun... to Dream, Page 6: More Dreams
Although Epcot started out more complete than probably any other theme park (at least until that time)
that does not mean nothing was added to it actually there were several things on the drawing boards and
under construction when it opened.
The first two of them to open actually appeared in the pre-opening artwork of the park.
One attraction in particular that seemed for many people to epitomize
what Future World was all about did not open with the rest of the park,
but instead, one year later in October of 1983 . Horizons was about the future, both the way the future had
been seen in the past, and an attempt to look at the ways could live in the future.
It used Audio Animatronics, various types of films and other effects,
seen from an omnimover vehicle, in
painting an entertaining and positive picture of life in the future.
In 1984 the only country representing a country from the continent of Africa was opened.
More than most buildings representing far away places in World Showcase the Morocco pavilion
has a real claim to authenticity as Moroccan craftsmen came over to do mach of the work on tile mosaics
and carved plaster,
though I am not sure if that extends to the basics of the structure
which after all have to deal with the realities of Fire Codes and the like.
THE LIVING SEAS
A bit different than most of the other future world pavilions,
for although it does have an introductory film, and did have a short
omnimover type transport vehicle, the main draw of the pavilion are the aquarium areas
which allow visitors to view the creatures, displays, and activities available
in whatever order the guests desire. Opened January 15,1986
LASERPHONIC FANTASY / ILLUMINATIONS By the time of it's second summer season in 1984
Epcot Center had added a nighttime entertainment show called Laserphonic Fantasy which Disney A to Z calls
a "less sophisticated version of Illuminations, without the spotlighting of the individual countries.
By 1988 this show changed into Illuminations and there have been a few different
incarnations of that show over the years, the current version being Illuminations : Reflections of Earth.
This card came out after the end of Laserphonic Fantasy as the Illuminations title is in the caption on
the back putting this cards release around 1988.
When that show came out in time for the millennium celebration of 2000 a new postcard was issued
with what appears to be a heavily edited version of the same image
that appears in the upper left quadrant of this card! The fireworks in the sky are identical in how many
rocket streams are going up and they are in identical positions the lower part of the image is slightly
different the later release,
being a single frame is cropped a bit wider mostly at the sides to make the proportion right to fill out the
whole card if fact almost all of the increased field of view is on the right hand edge where the lights of the
Japanese pagoda can clearly be seen. Strangely the largest edit on the newer version of the card is the removal of the
Italy pavilion from the image, Why? perhaps to make the lights reflected on the water off the Italy pavilion appear as
if they are actually a reflection of the fireworks in the sky if this image is a photo manipulation as I suspect.
Either way I don't ever remember seeing
fireworks up in the sky behind the pavilions like that. I suspect the two upper frames on this card were
taken while they were perhaps trying out different ways of adding fireworks to Epcot.
As to the fireworks in front of the France
pavilion, I suspect that to be a manipulation as well, as to have fireworks
so close to the building, and to consider doing it
every night would seem to put a great amount of
wear on the painted (and other) surfaces, and possibly
a great deal of expense in additional fire safety measures,
permanent fireproofing materials for the roof for instance. Though
perhaps this was a precursor too or part of the inspiration for the Sorcery in the Sky
fireworks over at the studios.
With the opening of The Norway pavilion in 1988 Epcot gained not only a beautiful reproduction of a Norse stave
church, carvings of large trolls, and a buffet in a building that looks like a medieval fortress,
but it also gained it's first thrill ride Maelstrom a ride in a Viking Ship through the fiords of Norway.
WONDERS OF LIFE
In 1989 the last Epcot pavilion of the 20th century opened.
The Wonders of Life with Two major attractions, a film presentation,
a stage area where shows are held daily, and several smaller health related educational,
but fun, exhibits
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