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We grabbed this film off of eBay - most of the time we have no idea what we are getting. There are a few gems in this one!
This film is from 1971 and by the looks of it, we feel this is very close to opening day. We open with a very rare shot of the original trams and a very odd looking vehicle. The trams take us right from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom - now thats service! Standard Jungle cruise footage - notice how clean the water is and how little vegitation

Amazing pan of the Aventureland Bazzare taking us right to the Tiki Birds. Rivers of America and then over to Fantasyland! We board the skyway in Tomorrowland and watch the roofless teacups go by as we glance down on Fantasyland. We settle back into Fantasyland and meet some of the Aristocats.

 

 

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage from a 1987 3/4" videotape issued by Disney to media outlets for their use.

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

China

Ni how and welcome to China.

Chine footage opens showing the building that houses the landmark Circlevision 360 film "Wonders of China" that played in the park from 1982 through March 2003. After showing guests entering and exiting the building and some of the statues on the building facade we are shown some clips from the film. Disney was the first to ever film inside the walls of the Forbidden City after the Communist takeover of China in 1950.

The creation of a hand painted fan is among the artwork being created on site. Sidewalk entertainment featuring a dragon yields to diners inside Nine Dragons restaurant being stalked by a dancer outside the window. Chip n Dale in their Chinese outfits sign autographs and pose for kids before a wide shot of the pavilion shot from World Showcase Lagoon closes out our visit.

Mexico

Hola! Por favor, alejado de las im genes B-roll.

The pavilion's pyramid (which is NOT suitable for climbing) opens our visit to our neighbors to the south. Some of the wares sold in the pavilion are showcased before we board El Rio del Tiempo for a leisurely cruise through Mexico. All that travel works up an appetite that the San Angel Inn is happy to satiate as diners enjoy delicious looking food.

An old man shops for a hat from the roadside stand while Mexican adorned Pluto makes time with his women. A wide shot of the pavilion from World Showcase Lagoon finishes our visit to Mexico and concludes our series of B-Roll 1987 World Showcase visits to EPCOT Center.

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This film is one of the rare 16mm reels we restored with the help of generous supporters. Entitled "Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update" this film is a rare glimpse at the benefits and reach of the MKC in its heyday. The MKC was designed in 1957 to promote Disneyland ad offer discounts to its members. Originally given out to employees of industry leading companies, it was expanded to include Walt Disney World in 1971 and eventually the MKC became less of an exclusive club as you could essentially pay your way in (or be a shareholder by just buying 1 share of Disney stock!) The club included discounts on tickets, vacation packages,the Disney Stores and many other travel related companies. At one point there were over 6 million members! There were numerous packages and paperwork sent each year to its members until it met its demise in 2000.

 
At 1:10 you get a great glimpse of what the entrance to the Magic Kingdom looked like when the ticket booths were there and there was no security checkpoint.  The brand new Big Thunder Mountain Railroad makes an appearance just after this shot. Disneyland's 25th Anniversary gets some love as well. Some terrific Disneyland footage is set to a jammin' 1980 soundtrack featuring "It Can Only Happen At Disneyland". So much 1970's era goodness in these Disneyland shots of both on-ride footage and various families making their way through the Happiest Place on Earth.
 
The film then shifts to Florida's Vacation Kingdom. Minnie gingerly makes her way down the steps of the castle with Mickey as "The Magic of Walt Disney World" plays over a montage of shots that make me wish I could build a time machine. We see it all as it was in 1980: An uncrowded Main St. USA, happy faces, water skiing on Seven Seas Lagoon, Tomorrowland Stage, Swan Boats (swoon), Skyway, olde tymey popcorn carts, Pirates of the Carribbean sans Johnny Depp, the superior Winnie The Pooh with the hunny pot and bee on his head. A final enticement has waving children in an incredible shot riding in the front monorail car.
 
Treehouse footage I've never seen before precedes some terrific views of Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World Shopping Village. A ride through Fort Wilderness gives us a look at the passing Fort Wilderness Railroad!  Of course we are taunted with some River Country fun.  Even Cypress Gardens is promoted. They promote "World Showcase" escorted tours internationally available to MKC members.  16mm film rentals for members are promoted as well!
 
This is a delightful look at how Disney promoted it's first vacation club before it involved timeshares.

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:03

EPCOT Center B-Roll Video - Future World 1 of 3

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Future World

  • Part 1 - (This Article), General EPCOT Center, Spaceship Earth and Innoventions
  • Part 2 - Coming Soon
  • Part 3 - Coming Soon

World Showcase

 

A few months back we took you on a tour of World Showcase using B-Roll footage shot by Disney for use by news agencies and for promotional purposes. Today we return to that videotape moving in to Future World.

We begin with aerial shots of circa 1987-era EPCOT Center. We glide over the whole park, then over Spaceship Earth and the Energy Pavilion and then a panorama of World Showcase follows focusing on the American Adventure, our host nation, initially. The experience of arriving at EPCOT is captured from the parking plaza to the parking lots to the trams (in groovy glorious EPCOT 80s earth tones) and the turnstiles.  We even get the monorail experience offering a seldom captured view of the Lucite fountain from above.

Our favorite Future World rainbow spacesuit-clad characters are featured next with Donald and Chip N Dale appearing. We then move briefly to World Showcase Lagoon for a view of the nighttime show Laserphonic Fantasy.

Now on to Spaceship Earth!  You really do get a sense of the majesty the park entrance had before they replaced the flower beds and fountain with the ugly stone memorials there now. We even get a bonus view from the top of Spaceship Earth looking down on the park. In Spaceship Earth we see the caveman scene before some of the drawings were animated on the back wall (and it was more brightly lit).  The Renaissance and Greek Scholar scenes are also featured before we head outside for more day and nighttime Fountain of Nations displays.

We are then move to Innoventions. Notice how crowded and lively it seemed back then. Very different from the ghost town feel it has in some areas now. While the technology on display seems rudimentary to us now it was cutting edge stuff back then – stuff you often couldn’t see anywhere else.

The video ends with a glimpse of the (still functioning) lighted floor tiles and some exterior shots by the Electric Umbrella.

 

We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage from a 1987 3/4" videotape issued by Disney to media outlets for their use.

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Japan

Continuing our journey around EPCOT Center as depicted in B-roll footage shot in the mid 80’s, we stop at Japan.

Serene garden footage opens this pavilion as a series of shots show each building in the complex. A pan back from Spaceship Earth through the Friendship Arch sets the view from Japan in World Showcase. A stop in the Mitsukoshi Department Store reveals a very different environment than today’s often frenetic energy found inside the store. Japan’s oldest department store has been a presence in EPCOT since the pavilion opened. This footage shows the early experience was more high end and quieter, focused on works of art and collectibles.

An origami artist entertains guests on the promenade before our hungry visitors step inside the hibachi restaurant, Tokyo Dining. A panorama via boat in World Showcase Lagoon gives a final look at this pavilion whose experiences chronicled here show how little has actually changed since opening day.  A few minor additions (including the sushi restaurant) but a very good glimpse at an unspoiled corner of EPCOT Center.

The American Adventure

Visiting our host country at the center of World Showcase, the footage opens with some unnervingly fast zooms on the pavilion from across the lagoon. You can see what it looked like before the America Garden’s theater of today was built on the shores of the lagoon in front of the pavilion. The Voices of Liberty make an appearance performing America The Beautiful before we take an escalator ride up to the theater to see The American Adventure show which, despite a few minor changes in dialogue and the exit film has run pretty much untarnished since it’s 1982 opening. 

Colonial Mickey greets guests in front of the pavilion  We even make a stop for a bite to eat in the Liberty Inn (note the little kid’s Figment hat in the background!). Our visit closes out with pavilion panorama showing the names of both sponsors: American Express and Coca-Cola  This was the first example of two separate companies sponsoring one attraction. (Pepsi owned Frito Lay when they both sponsored the Country Bear Jamboree a decade earlier).

This is the only b-roll that does not end with a panorama shot from the water because so much of the American Adventure is obscured from the waterline.

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There is so much to say about this film that we made it the main topic of Podcast Episode 13 and @MKPony wrote an entire article annotating all the special views and historical aspects of the film. What you are about to watch is the cleanest most pristine copy available anywhere. You will see things you never noticed before, you will laugh, you will feel nostaglic and you will yearn to go back to 1972.

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