Monday, May 25, 2015

Episodes #209 & #210 - Epcot's Japan pavilion

Overview: This podcast is a tribute to the Japan pavilion. I take a thorough look at the design, layout, theming, and of course the gardens. Then, I spend some time talking about shopping and dining. And finally I discuss a planned attraction that was mostly built, but never opened. Come take a listen to the tale about this fascinating opening-day Epcot pavilion.   

Notes:Japan might very well be the most interesting among the World Showcase pavilions. From dining to shopping, to the zen of it all, Japan has it pretty well covered. A reminder that the general overview of Epcot's World Showcase is in podcast #208.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Episode #208 - World Showcase overview

Overview: Today, I explore the history of EPCOT in general, and the rationale for the World Showcase portion of the park. Walt Disney had something specific in mind, and we didn't get that, but we did get an entertaining place that has a richness to it. Here's to a little history!   

Notes:Its difficult to imagine what Walt's vision was, precisely, so we mainly have to guess at it. The view of Progress City that you can see from the PeopleMover is about 1/3 of the full model. The whole thing took up about 1,500 square feet - that's close the size of a smaller home!