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Jun022011

Expo 67

It was like a big World Showcase but with architecture similar to Future World. Was Expo 67 a major influence on the design of EPCOT Center? Indubitably. Was it as fantastic as the '64-'65 New York World's Fair? Hmm... Close. Did Walt Disney (the company) have a presence at the Expo? Yep, a little.

Today:

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition (or Expo 67) in Montreal, Canada was the "most successful World's Fair of the 20th Century". The total visit count: 50,306,648. This, contrasted with Canada's resident population of only 20 million, landed the 6 month fair with a per-capita attendance record. On the third day of the fair a single-day World's Fair attendance record was set with 569,000 visitors. 

The 1970 Osaka Expo welcomed 70 million+ visitors and recently Shanghai reported 70.45 million visitors to their fair. Additionally Shanghai 2010 recorded that in its last day of honoring "standard tickets" 748,300 people attended. 

Keep in mind Epcot hosts, say, 70,000 guests on a super busy peak day.


Pavilions

The Expo boasted 90 pavilions. Here we look at a few.


Canada Pavilion

Killer view atop an inverted pyramid. It appears pyramids were a structure of choice at this fair.

Canada Pulp and Paper Pavilion (model)

Great Britian Pavilion

Friendship Boat?

France Pavilion

Looks like a cross between a monorail and a peoplemover, eh?

Today (Casino de Montreal):

Morocco Pavilion

I am loving this Morocco diorama. The figures were animated but don't they look like regular old store mannequins in fancy clothing?  

Japan Pavilion

United States Pavilion

The Biosphere still stands today!:

Fire

You'll notice the clear acrylic panels no longer cover the surface of the dome. In 1976 a welding torch set the structure on fire leaving only the metal framework behind. The Biosphere remained closed until it was purchased by Environment Canada in 1990 and later opened as a museum.

 

Italy Pavilion

Federal Republic of Germany Pavilion (model)

China Pavilion

Thailand Pavilion (model)

Soviet Union Pavilion

La Ronde

Today (La Ronde Six Flags Amusement Park):

Alcan Pavilion

Today:

Kaleidoscope Pavilion

Quebec Pavilion

Today:

Habitat 67

Today:

Telephone Association of Canada Pavilion (with Circle-Vision 360°, produced by The Walt Disney Company)

"Canada 67" Circle-Vision Film: Description from the Expo 67 guide book: 

"You're on centre stage for the RCMP Musical Ride... on centre ice for hockey... on the track at the Stampede! CIRCLE-VISION 360o surrounds you with all the fun and excitement of Canada's most thrilling events and its scenic beauty. And then, take your chldren to the Enchanted Forest...see exciting new communication services for the future... all in the Telephone Pavilion!" 

The film is said to be a major inspiration to the original "O Canada" film at EPCOT Center.

The film has reportedly not been seen since the closing of Expo 67. This could be false. Any bit of the film you find out there, let us know.

 

Side note: Ever notice how FANTASTIC themed entertainment design was in 1967?? If you read this blog, you know how we feel.

 

Related posts:

THEN AND NOW: Epcot Future World [Part 1]
THEN AND NOW: Epcot World Showcase [Part 1]
THEN AND NOW: Epcot World Showcase [Part 2]
Disneyland Meets EPCOT Center
1967 "New Tomorrowland" Broadcast

 

Thank you alamedainfo.com and Bing Maps.

 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

The designs of these pavilions are wonderful! I want to take a trip there to see these now!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Heimbuch

Wow, it's amazing how much of this was clearly an inspiration for EPCOT!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@futureprobe1982

"Free the Expo Sixty Seven!"

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Wow! I remember going (I was 6!) but other than the dome, I don't remember any of the buildings! That being said however, I can STILL say I was there!! ;-)

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterartguy

Excellent! I'm a big fan of Spaceship Earth knock-offs.

Here's my favorite at Seoul Land in Korea built in '88.

http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/korea/seoul-land/photos

It's Mini Spaceship Earth!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHoot Gibson

Japan reminded me of a parking garage

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersamurai

Like your current day aerial photos, where did you find them?
Russian Pavilion still exists in Russia.
There was a similar exterior design as Canada Pulp and Paper Pavilion at Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan. What was really interesting was that the movie was by the same group and the same concept as the Czechoslovakia Movie Exhibit at Expo '67. The audience voted as to how the movie would end.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan Lawrence

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