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Being a lifelong Disney fan, I salivated at the notion of being able to
the promotional film, "EPCOT '67". The film is very well done and Walt
presents himself as very enthusiastic for the project.
But, seeing this film also saddens me. The film was shot about two months
before Walt's death. One can tell that he is weak through his voice. Bot,
the amazing thing was that Walt maintained his image and enthusiasm. Marty
Sklar, a Disney Imagineer, helped with the filming of "EPCOT '67" and
related the same feelings in "Walt: The Man Behind the
In his usual charming way, Walt takes us through his greatest (and his
project, EPCOT. The acronym stands for "Experimental Prototype Community
Tomorrow", which is exactly what it would have been. EPCOT would have been
living, breathing city of 20,000 residents. Quite an undertaking, but that
was why Walt bought all that land in Florida which now makes up Walt
Walt's EPCOT was never built and the project was abandoned after Walt's
passing in 1966. Roy O. Disney, Walt's brother, as a tribute Walt,
the project and opened Walt Disney World in 1971. The Magic Kingdom (their
Disneyland) was there, but EPCOT wasn't. Then, in 1982, Epcot Center
as a second theme park on the Disney property, although it was not the
Walt envisioned. It was a pseudo-World's Fair, and still is in Florida
The film takes me back to the time when Walt was alive, where anything
imagination could dream up seemed possible. "EPCOT '67" is an inspiration
and a testament to Walt Disney's life, as well as his career. As Walt said
at the end of the film, "We know what our goals are. We know what we hope
accomplish. And believe me, it's the most exciting and challenging
assignment we've ever tackled at Walt Disney Productions."
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