Thursday, November 8, 2007

Daily Figment 102 - Wish List, Part Deux

For the second item on the Disney Geeks' Christmas Wish List, we are going to focus on another book that is a must have for every collection: Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow.

This is a book that is absolutely amazing in its scope and detail. Released in 1982, during the opening of Epcot Center, it is a 240-page tome that is filled to the brim with enough concept artwork, full-page spreads of models and full chapters explaining each pavilion and land to keep you busy for a long time.

Hands-down, it is one of the most visited books in my collection--for fun and research; history and day-dreaming. I am fortunate to have ridden all of the original Future World attractions during my 1994 visit: Horizons, the Sea Cabs, the World of Motion and the original Journey Into Imagination. But I still turn the pages slowly, waiting for the next image to appear. Wishing I could go back and experience the missed attraction one more time.

The book is very well-written. You get a true sense of the excitement that the Imagineers had while planning and designing the park. There are also some sneak peaks of attractions that were planned but never made it: Meet the World (Japan Pavilion), the entire Africa Pavilion and the Rhine River Ride in the German Pavilion. We've used it quite a bit for background material at Imaginerding.

Did I mention concept art?

If I could sum up this work with one sentence, it would be that this book represents the heart of EPCOT Center--the hope, dreams and intention.

Don't forget to check out our other Wish List item. Both of these books would make incredible additions to your library.

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