Phil B.

Published: August 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Nice article....great job!

Published: August 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I had never seen this Walt video until today. Now I know where they got the idea in Iron Man 2.
Anthony Murphy

Published: August 5, 2013 at 4:43 AM


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).

Bryce McGibeny

Published: August 5, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Photo credit of Spaceship Earth to mwah. Hehe.
Joseph Catlett

Published: August 5, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Good article...just one quibble.
Spaceship Earth is NOT a geodesic DOME but a geodesic SPHERE. As an ex Castmember it always irked me when people called it that.

Published: August 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Another 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.

- Brian

TH Creative

Published: August 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Great 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.

James Rao

Published: August 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

"In addition, Disney opened the Imagination pavilion in 1983, which has been home to three iterations of the Journey Into Imagination ride, though none as beloved as the original." ==> Understatement of the year! =)

Great stuff, Anthony, thank you for sharing.