||We have been working closely with Jason at Deep Water Studios, he is our key 3D guru for our Retro Replicas project (for more on that, visit www.retro-replicas.net). When Progress City posted a photo of an original 1982 EPCOT Center Map, Jason followed the conversation and realized there is a demand for a high resolution and zoom-able version of the map. Jason quickly reached into his bag of tricks and in a few hours had re-created exactly what people are clamoring for; a hi-resolution 1982 EPCOT Center map!
Jason has graciously allowed us to distribute his maps here. Feel free to download and print for your own personal use.
If you get a chance please tweet out a thank you to @jasondws He's a great guy that loves all things Retro Disney World like we all do! He's spent a lot of time reproducing the original maps!
From the Bill Cotter collection comes these gems from 1979... A time when Brown and Orange seemed in tune with the "modern design" of the era. I remember playing on the Whatchamacallit in '81.. it rocked!
These photos are used on http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/themeparks/disney.htmwith permission from Bill Cotter. If you'd like to purchase copies of these photos please visit:
JT, our historical investigative reporter has been on this for years... Like the amazing Bob-A-Long boats, the Polynesian Resort Wave machine has somewhat shrouded in mystery... We are close to solving some of the lingering questions around this short lived water feature..
For now, here is a teaser photo... but get ready for a Close Up!!
When I started looking through the Bill Cotter photos, I was just amazed at how many gems and awesome photos are included. The content and history is amazing and I almost don't even know where to start! Well I think I have found a solid topic that I'd like more info on, and will be doing some more research like usual. The infamous WDW Water Ski Show. Some people may not know this even existed, but according to legend there was a choreographed ski show that took place on the lakes: Bay Lake & Seven Seas Lagoon. This was to entertain people at the different resorts and I'm sure it did. I do believe this is where we get those famous images of Goofy and other characters skiing behind a boat and hanging on for dear life. I have posted four Bill Cotter photos of what looks like setting up for the ski show, Pluto zipping by at night, Donald cheering on some other night skiers, and some super safe no life jacket skiing. I also found a quick clip on YouTube that looks perfect for our favorite era of Disney Entertainment.
My questions are simple, and maybe our readers can help with the search. What years did this run? Was it performed on both lakes? Why did it shut down? Finally, what in the world is with the night skiing? Did they perform a ski show in the middle of the night for some reason? That one really has me confused, but I hope you enjoy the photos. Post a comment or link below if you find some interesting facts, pictures, or even film of the infamous WDW Water Ski Show.
Tonight, I again took a good look at the Norway grand opening celebration hosted by Willard Scott from 1988. The guy clearly had about 8 jars of Smuckers before they shot this; he's on a sugar high that rubs off into the other actors like a bad cologne. What surprised me comes at the 5:51 mark where the adventure of Maelstrom begins. Do we hear "You are not the first to pass this way..." followed by the Norwegian cyclops god Odin? Nope, it is Just like Heaven" by the Cure! It did reach 40 on the Billboard charts that year, so why not rock the grand opening in a music video style. If you listen carefully you can hear two people call the trolls "goblins". Um no, this is Norway. The rest of this feast for the eyes is disaster of editing as a good portion of the ride is shown in the wrong order. And don't forget the buckets of water thrown on the guests to make this "thrill ride" [no joke, that is what they called it] more appealing to the viewers.
How would have this attraction turned out if this was indeed the soundtrack to Maelstrom? Somehow, I can imagine the rays of light emanating from Rob Smith's head [see photo above], he kind of resembles Odin in that shot.
See and hear for yourself how the Cure infiltrated Maelstrom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hR_XT_IgdZQ#t=331
Willard is now 79, any bets on how old he will be when they replace the aging film? Maybe they should just swap it with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS_ux2H473I