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I recently held a Twitter contest and drew a free sketch for the winner!  The winner chose classic EPCOT Center!  Here you’ll see characters and logos from Journey into Imagination, Communicore, The Land, Horizons, Spaceship Earth, The Living Seas and World of Motion!


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These concepts are from a time when EPCOT was transitioning from the full-blown city Walt Disney had planned to build to the more traditional theme park it eventually became.  In the mid-70’s there were still plans to have commercial entities doing real research at EPCOT.

The 1975 Annual Report describes the Future World Theme Center:

"The EPCOT Future World Theme Center, a high-capacity visitor facility which will employ advanced communications techniques, including motion pictures, models, multi-media exhibits and ride-through experiences, to inform millions of people each year about what is being done in the creative centers of science and industry around the world.  Most importantly, it will demonstrate how these new technologies and ideas can be applied in a practical way to improving the environment for living in existing communities throughout America and the world."

We also get the origin of Communicore, the “Communications Corridor”.

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That’s why I’m a rooter
For me computer.
Everybody needs a friend.

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This is The Computer Song, and was a part of Communicore EAST (1982-1994) in the Astuter Computer Revue that ran from opening day to January 1984. This song is by the Sherman Brothers and starred Ken Jennings. It was eventually replaced by Backstage Magic, which lasted until 1994 when the area was changed to Innoventions.