Narrators of Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is EPCOT’s iconic attraction and it is one that has changed very little especially when compared to some other Walt Disney World attractions.  The attraction has been in EPCOT since opening day on October 1, 1982.  During that time, the roughly 15 minute ride through history has only undergone two face-lifts.  The first was in 1994 and the second came in 2007.  The first face-lift saw some scene changes.  The second face-lift saw more scene changes and the removal of the Fantasia Magic Wand.  This article doesn’t focus on the changes to the scenes.  It will focus on the narrators.

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Drawing a New Value Resort – Inside Art of Animation

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Disney’s Art of Animation is located near Hourglass Lake and was  originally intended to be the “Legendary Years” of the Pop Century Resort.  Due to the September 11, 2001 attacks and resulting economic downturn which impacted tourism, the “Legendary Years” were never built.  Instead, the Walt Disney World resort got the first value resort with families in mind….The Art of Animation.  The Art of Animation has both standard hotel rooms (984 to be exact).  What makes the resort  unique is the 1,120 family suites.  This is a refreshing change from the other value resorts at Pop Century and the All-Star family of resorts.

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Will We Ever See a New Country Added to EPCOT?

Today’s question is pretty straight-forward.  Will we ever see a new country added to EPCOT?  The World Showcase has not added a new country to its lineup of nations since Norway joined in 1989.  And NO, the Frozen additions to the Norway pavilion do not count as a new country.  At times, the World Showcase can feel very stale as many of the movies have not been updated in many, many years.  It is also very light on attractions with just two countries: Mexico and Norway that have attractions.  Yes, I know Norway’s attraction is become Frozen-ified.  Yes, it’s sad but things and times change and we have to adapt.

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Taking a Spin on The Matterhorn

Born from the dirt excavated to build the moat for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle rises a 147-foot high mountain on the border between Disneyland’s Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.  We know this mountain better as…..The Matterhorn.

Matterhorn #1Disney Imagineers, like they did with a lot of tall structures, used forced perspective to make The Matterhorn seem bigger than it actually is.

The Matterhorn attraction rose out of Walt Disney’s desire to rid the parks of guests who were using the Matterhorn area (at the time known as Snow Hill) as a late-night rendezvous area since this really did fit into Disney’s vision of the park.  Like many of Walt Disney’s visions, his initial vision needed to be scaled back.  His original attraction concept was a toboggan ride with actual snow on the mountain.  Obviously, the logistics of keeping real snow fresh on a small mountain in southern California would be near impossible.

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