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WDW Construction: Magic Kingdom

Yesterday my grandfather told me his good friend worked for Disney during the Florida construction. Of course I immediately asked if his friend took photos or filmed anything while there. No solid answer yet. We’ll see if we locate anything. For now, we'll enjoy these rare professional black and white construction photos.


Related posts:

WDW Before Opening Day 1971
EPCOT Construction from the Air
EPCOT Center Construction Photos: Future World
Magic Kingdom at Night
Magic Kingdom Map Found in a Main Street Wall
Walt Disney and the Santa Maria Railroad



EPCOT Center Construction Photos: Future World

As D23's Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th at the Walt Disney World Resort kicks off today, and since we are (sadly) not in attendance, we bring you these rare EPCOT Center construction photos.

Destination D celebrates WDW's 40th anniversary this year. These pics were taken only some 30 years ago but they feature what we consider the second-most important milestone in WDW history.


Related posts:

EPCOT Construction from the Air
THEN AND NOW: Epcot Future World [Part 1]
EPCOT Center Poster Art
Daredevil Circus Spectaculars at Epcot Are Just Not What They Used To Be
Disneyland Meets EPCOT Center
Walt's Wife Talks About EPCOT Center



EPCOT Construction from the Air

As I continue to dig through boxes of old Disney stuff to scan for our Gallery, I love finding things I’ve forgotten about.  These sweet photos were taken from a small plane or helicopter during the construction of EPCOT Center, given to me by a friend years ago.  (No, I was not in that plane but man I wish I had been!)  I’d like to know when they were taken and I’m trying to figure that out.  If any of you can decipher, let me know.

The first photo in the above side-by-side comparison was taken in an earlier flight.  Notice that a lot of Future World is well underway but Communicore East has barely been started?  And Communicore West is mostly dirt.  Notice the lagoon is quite underdeveloped compared to the following photos.

It’s interesting that the front entrance has plenty of grass and trees, as do the United Kingdom Pavilion and the lagoon islands yet there is very little pavement anywhere.  I like seeing the space for The Living Seas cleared away even though that pavilion wouldn’t open until years later.  Something is going on in the space that would later house Horizons. The front of the World of Motion building looks uncluttered (and would stay that way until 1998 when that hideous awning and the stupid test dummy stuff would ruin the view).  Of course the America Gardens Theater covered stage was non-existent.  No International Gateway.  Check out the U.K. and that path next to it.  I’d like to know more about that.

Dreamfinder and Figment are looking forward to moving in.  Both are oblivious that the company would murder Dreamfinder and attempt to murder Figment the following decade.  Singing fish are not even considered at this point, however singing food products are about to make their debut at The Land.  Communicore is about to show the world how cool the future would be.  Innoventions has not yet bullied Commuicore right out of the building in order to show the world how lame the present can be.

If you look really close to some of these photos you can see John Hench and Marty Sklar trying to convince themselves that the real EPCOT would never have worked.  Michael Eisner at this point has no clue what an “EPCOT” is or that he’d soon be granted power over such a thing.  He has no idea just how “boring” this park would be (his words, not mine).

It must have been great to walk around Disney’s first non-Magic Kingdom theme park while it was coming to life.  I love stories of everyone trying to acquire the little buttons, one for each pavilion with it's respective logo, in order to be granted access to that pavilion (photo to come).  Talking with people who spent considerable time constructions site, I get a sense of wonder and amazement and an optimism that must have been amazing to witness first-hand.



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