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Aug012010

Walt's Wife Talks About EPCOT Center

A group of W.E.D. Imagineers interviewed Lillian, their daughter Diane, and granddaughter Jenny at the United Kingdom pavilion at EPCOT Center in 1982.

I found this rare interview in my collection last night. It was on an old VHS tape. I have never found any part of this online though it could be out there. I don't know the name of the guy talking or the other guys present but he does mention two Steves and a Tom (Tom Fitzgerald?)

 All three ladies are as sweet as can be. Lillian doesn't so much care for overseas parks or for the idea of parks being built after EPCOT Center. She does love WDW's Empress Lilly. Jenny doesn't mind the idea of Tokyo Disneyland:

"It had to be done. If you walk around here and walk around Disneyland, most the people are Japanese!”

I love the story Diane told of Lillian and the girls around the dinner table not being as interested in Walt's conversations as he wanted them to be. I know the feelin', Walt!

 

 

It's cool that the company took the gals on a helicopter ride two years prior to this interview to see construction of the park. It would have looked like this but far less developed.

 

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This is a great interview. Glad to see three generations of the Disney family opinions and beliefs about the company. Thanks for finding it.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZack

Jenny!??? .........I'm.......struck breathless.

Wow. I have never seen such a beautiful...........................................................................woman. I'm really without words. I'm captivated.

She has Walt's eyebrow expressions, which is nice, she's an absolute dream.

I hereby, on this blog, vow to marry her. I, Hoot Gibson.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoot Gibson

Hoot, I'm sure she's a huge fan of you and your work. You can tell how excited she was for Horizons to open in this video. And no one knows who Jenny Miller Goff is but everyone who's anyone loves world famous Hoot Gibson!

Goff? Did she hook up with Harper's kid??

August 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterMitch

This was great, thank you so much for posting it.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony J. Preston

Wonderful words,this is really nice. Great post!

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendie

good luck with that hoot.
haha thanks for the great interview

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

What a great video. I'd never seen much of Lillian, but knew she had to be something special. Thank you!

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Trent

funny you post this video.

i was at the wdw research library recently and one of the CMs there talked about how they had this video and how rare it was.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdisneyanaworld

Well there we are! We're engaged . I flew out there, introduced myself, told here that I'm a professional adventurer, gave her my necklace of shrunken heads (the junior Imagineers I "collected" during the Eisner era) sang a little "Lady in my Life" by Micheal Jackson, and treated her to Taco Bell. Done deal.

Sorry Goff, there's other fish in the sea and you're a good looking guy so.....

-Hoot Gibson

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoot Gibson

PS

To you lonely cats out there.....THAT'S the way to play pool.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoot Gibson

Great interview! Thank you for posting this. Was this aired on some program, or is this just footage from the "vault" so to speak?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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