Restored videos: The Living Seas (August 1991)

Try to imagine, just for a moment… These two restored 8mm videos feature the Living Seas pavilion. First up is the preshow, which guests would see before entering the larger theater. It gave a brief overview of the history of sea exploration and previewed what was ahead in the attraction. The second video is the film entitled “The Seas”. This 7 minute film was shown to guests explaining the formation of Earth’s oceans. Afterwards, guests would...Read More...

Home movie: EPCOT Center in September 1983

Spend an hour in EPCOT Center during its first year of operation! This great video from September 1983 has some really wonderful shots from all over EPCOT including the Age of Information show, Kitchen Kaberet, and a performance by the Future World Brass band. There are also ride through videos of Listen to the Land as well as World of Motion. A few shots of CommuniCore and pans around the then-new park round out this fun...Read More...

Restored Video: Living with the Land with live narrator

Welcome to a voyage of discovery and awareness of the richness, the diversity, and the often surprising nature of living with the land When the opening day Listen to the Land attraction was updated to Living with the Land in the early 1990’s, the ride featured both prerecorded narration as well as a live cast member tour guide on the boat. When entering the greenhouse portions of the attraction, the cast member would point out plants...Read More...

4k HD 35mm Film Helicopter Tour of Walt Disney World, EPCOT, D-MGM Studios Construction – 1988

Featured on our last live movie night, this found footage is an awesome helicopter tour of Walt Disney World in 1988. Shot on 35mm film, we’ve restored and remastered it into a beautiful 4K resolution and we’ve added an additional interpolated 60 frames per second video! The film starts with the helicopter taking off from the STOLport and follows the monorail followed by a flyover of the main parking lot and Bay Lake. There are great...Read More...

Video: Universe of Energy Preshow (1991)

The original Universe of Energy Preshow featured a unique presentation with a screen made up of rotating tiles. This huge mosaic changed each tile in sync with the projection being shown and was invented by Czech film director Emil Radok. The 8 minute show educated guests about the various forms of energy found in nature before they entered into the traveling theater part of the attraction.Read More...

Restored home movie: Imagineering Lab at Epcot

The Walt Disney Imagineering Labs was an exhibit in Inventions at Epcot. The brief live show showed guests how 3D computer animation was created, with a focus on a virtual reality experience featuring Aladdin. “DisneyVision” was a state of the art virtual reality technology that would eventually lead to the Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride attraction at DisneyQuest.Read More...

Restored home video: Magical World of Barbie – 1994

As part of a sponsorship agreement with toy company Mattel, Barbie came to Epcot’s American Gardens theater in World Showcase in late 1993. The half hour show followed Barbie as she traveled around to different playsets all over the world, and ran for about a year and a half in front of the American Adventure pavilion.Read More...

Restored home video: CommuniCore East 1992

Take a quick tour through CommuniCore East in this video from 1992. Included are glimpses of the population counter kinetic sculpture with the Great American Census Quiz game played on the computers below. The interactive Computer-a-Coaster exhibit let guests design their own rollercoaster using a touch screen, and the trivia-asking robot, SMRT-1, was a favorite of guests using early speech recognition technology.Read More...

Kitchen Kabaret: Revisited – HD Interpolated Multi-Camera Edit

We are excited to present Kitchen Kabaret Revisited! This interpolated HD multi-camera edit video revisits the classic EPCOT Center show that was part of the Land Pavilion. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, this fan-favorite audio animatronic musical show ran from EPCOT’s opening day until 1994. Hosted by Bonnie Appetite, the show featured acts such as the Cereal Sisters, Hamm & Eggz, and Colander Combo and the Fiesta Fruit. The show was designed to promote healthy eating and...Read More...

Restored video: Splashtacular at Epcot – 1994

Splashtacular was…one of the more unique shows to be seen in Epcot. The show ran from 1993 until 1994 during the transition of CommuniCore to Innoventions so that there was something to see in the center of Future World. The show featured numerous Disney characters, but also aliens and a giant dinosaur. A similar show called “It’s Magical!” played in Tokyo Disneyland during roughly the same time period for the park’s 10th anniversary. The show ended...Read More...