Published: August 4, 2013 at 9:20 PMNice article....great job!
Published: August 4, 2013 at 9:35 PMI had never seen this Walt video until today. Now I know where they got the idea in Iron Man 2.
Published: August 5, 2013 at 4:43 AMAbsolutely,
Iron Man II had huge nods to Walt Disney. Most likely because of the main plot taking place at the World's fair, but the similarities are striking.
I have always liked EPCOT because this really is the only other theme park that we have that Walt actually had some input.
Also thank you Robert Niles for publishing this in near entirety. EPCOT is dripping in history which made it tough to cut stuff out. Pictures and movies are worth 1000 words for sure!
And for TH, I do not see the old man in the EPCOT crowd (read TH's book to understand this).
Published: August 5, 2013 at 7:10 AMAnother great article on TPI. One quibble about the Germany pavilion. Disney built the entire show building for the planned boat ride you mentioned. It still stands today, waiting for a sponsor to step forward to fund a new ride. Until then, it's being used for storage.
Published: August 5, 2013 at 7:53 AMGreat effort AM ... and thanks for the plug about '7097-050719' -- book one in the theme park trilogy.
I was at the opening event where Mr. Walker spoke. It's always great to re-live that scene.
In 1982 as a Disney cast member and a student with the Magic Kingdom College program, I was fortunate to attend EPCOT Center's cast preview night a few days before the park opened.