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.
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.
The Expo boasted 90 pavilions. Here we look at a few.
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
Looks like a cross between a monorail and a peoplemover, eh?
Today (Casino de Montreal):
I am loving this Morocco diorama. The figures were animated but don't they look like regular old store mannequins in fancy clothing?
United States Pavilion
The Biosphere still stands today!:
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.
Federal Republic of Germany Pavilion (model)
Thailand Pavilion (model)
Soviet Union Pavilion
Today (La Ronde Six Flags Amusement Park):
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.
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