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Buy It Now – Epcot Center Historical Collection, Classic Attractions, Shows and Pavilions

July 2015 Featured Items:

We hope everyone is having a great summer and keeping cool. This month we are spotlighting classic Epcot Center by featuring our Epcot Center Historical Collection. For those that were able to experience early Epcot, these titles will bring back nostalgic memories of all the classic attractions, shows and pavilions. For new fans it’s a chance to experience the very best of vintage Epcot Center. Click the covers below for full information on each title.

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Photo Memories: Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary – Epcot Center's Daredevil Circus Spectacular!

Hi everyone!

It all started last week when a good friend of mine asked me the following question: “Jeff, did you ever hear of elephants performing at Epcot Center? A friend of mine told me about it, but I don’t remember anything like that in over 30 years of visiting Walt Disney World and couldn’t imagine it was true”. I instantly knew they were thinking of “Epcot Center’s Daredevil Circus Spectacular“. Keep reading after the photos for a full description of this amazing part of Epcot Center history!

(below) A rare photo of the Fountain Stage being readied for the upcoming show.

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(Below) The entrance topiary featuring the parade of Pachyderms.

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(Below left) A parade of Elephant-like “Martian Mastodons” approach the fountain stage. (below right) A live band plays along as the Elephants and acrobats perform “spine-tingling” acts.

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(Below left) Communicore is transformed into a “Spacearena” as a double-trapeze act is performed. (Below right) The most amazing part of all this to me was the “Space Cycles” riding along wires connected from both Communicores to the center of Spaceship Earth!

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(Below) It was the most incredible thing to see motorcycles driving high in the air on thin-looking wires.  I remember thinking that they actually touched Spaceship Earth (although they probably did not).

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(Below) My last photo showing both “Space Cycles” (with girls hanging below them) speeding high above Future World towards Spaceship Earth!

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Walt Disney World’s 15th Anniversary Celebration:

Back in the fall of 1996, Walt Disney World was beginning it’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and held a big kickoff press event. The press kit (below left) touted all the special events planned for the upcoming year including: The Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution featuring The Magic Kingdom’s “Star-Spangled Salute” and “All American Parade“, the 15th Anniversary Gift-Giver (where you could win a new Chevrolet on “Birthday Bonanza Weekends“) and more!

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(photo above & text below ©1986 The Walt Disney Company)

I found the most intriguing event the celebration promised to be “Epcot Center’s Daredevil Circus Spectacular“. To fully understand why it captured my imagination, please read the excerpt from the press release below. It sounded unbelievable to me that this was actually going to happen!

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It is still incredible that this actually happened and I am glad to have found the photos and information to remember this amazing part of Epcot Center history!

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

In keeping with the vintage Epcot Center mood of today’s update, I present my Epcot Center 25th Anniversary Collection to relive these wonderful memories or experience them for the first time!

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Click HERE for more information or to browse all of my Epcot Center DVDs including the 25th Anniversary series!

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Buy it Now – Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s Communicore and The Living Seas 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition DVD

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to celebrate  Epcot’s 25th Anniversary. This seventh in a series, features the Future World classics ‘Communicore‘ and ‘The Living Seas‘.

Communicore Display Overview (1993)

A brief overview of ‘Future World’s global Main Street of ideas and inventions’. Featured views include ‘Exxon’s Energy Exchange, ‘Compute-A-Coaster’, ‘The Stargate Restaurant’ and more.

Backstage Magic Presented by Unisys (1993)

Join your hostess Julie and and her electronic sidekick I/O for a tour through EPCOT’s Computer Central, the computer hub of  EPCOT Center. This exhibit was the feature attraction of Communicore detailing the past, present and future of the computer.

Innoventions Featuring Alec Tronic (1994)

Experience Innoventions in it’s opening year highlighting ‘technological advancements and their practical applications in everyday life’. Featured is the hilarious audio animatronic host ‘Alec Tronic‘ performing the famous ‘Presidents Rap‘ routine. A brief tour of the exhibits concludes the segment.

Photo Slide Show (1982-2007)

A photo montage of over forty vintage images spanning over two decade of memories. The slideshow features Communicore, Innoventions and The Living Seas including construction photos and current prop locations.

The Living Seas Sponsored by United Technologies (1995)

Proceed past vintage undersea diving equipment and embark on a unique elevator ride to the ocean floor via the ‘Hydrolator‘. Next experience the Caribbean Coral Reef in a ‘Seacab‘ along an
underwater tunnel to ‘Seabase Alpha‘ getting an up-close view of the marine life.

Seabase Alpha Tour / Hydrolator to Surface (1995)

Explore Seabase Alpha including a diving demonstration, the manatee exhibit, static displays and the largest man-made underwater environment in the world. After you have explored all of Seabase Alpha take the Hydrolator back to the surface and exit to Future World.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Standard Version (2006)

Board a ‘Clamobile‘ and venture into the sea to join Marlin, Dory, and the other memorable characters as they search for Nemo. The ride concludes with the Pixar characters swimming along with real fish inside the Seabase Aquarium. Features full coverage of the exterior, que & load area plus all your favorite ride scenes.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Enhanced Version (2006)

An alternate version of the ‘Finding Nemo‘ themed dark ride recorded with advanced low light video technology.

Celebrate Epcot’s 25th Anniversary year after year or experience the magic for the first time by purchasing “Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s Communicore and The Living Seas“.

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