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July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July - Ears and Ears Style

Eyes and Ears July 1975

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you have an enjoyable and safe day!

In keeping with my recent theme of Disney ephemera, I thought some highlights from the July 5, 1975 Eyes and Ears (Cast Publication) from Walt Disney World are in order!

Eyes and Ears July 1975


This particular Happy 4th of July issue came out on July 5th, the date after the holiday. And while the headline was about the 4th, the main focus was on the WEDway PeopleMover which opened on July 6th at the Magic Kingdom.

"The WEDway PeopleMover is the first large-scale use of a new method of magnetic propulsion for transportation purposes." I remember when this attraction was introduced thinking.. "This is how we are going to travel in the future!" At the time, I was about to begin college and thought it would make a great way to travel around large campuses.

The PeopleMover was presented by Edison Electric Institute and opened as an "E" Ticket attraction!

As is the case today, the ride took you on a tour of Tomorrowland. But unlike today, the sights were a bit different!

"Once on your way, you pass above the Space Port shop, Mission to Mars and enter a city of tomorrow. Spread out in front of you is a model depicting what could be EPCOT or some other city of the future. Then back out into the daylight and over Grand Prix. Leaving the roar of the car engines behind, you enter the cool tingling darkness of Space Mountain, filled with it's sounds of tomorrow and outer space. You pass just above the home of future living and out into the giant inner void of space Mountain, with its whirling meteorites and screaming guests. Then over to the Carrousel of Progress and through If You Had Wings. Lastly you glide past America the Beautiful and back to the PeopleMover Station. Total elapsed time, ten and a half minutes since your journey began."

Cast members enjoy a test ride prior to the official opening.

Eyes and Ears July 1975


Each of the flat boxes located in the track are individual linear induction motors which propel the cars.

Eyes and Ears July 1975

Today, this attraction still operates but under the name of Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

For more information check out the TTA - Tomorrowland Transit Authority Blog which includes Disneyland's version.

I hope you enjoyed today's Step Back in Time!

July 17, 2011

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

Continuing my blogs on Disney ephemera......

Let's take a look at the Entertainment Programs that used to come inside each Epcot Guide Map! I loved these programs as they not only provided a very quick, easy reference to see what was happening where.. but as someone who likes to "Step Back", I can remember what used to be.

I like this cover - it is simple enough but invites you to open it up and see what's in store for you!

Note that IllumiNations is not only presented by G.E. but also shown at 10:00pm.

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

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The program unfolds to 4 panels listing the names and times for World Showcase entertainment. I like to see what acts were around then and have left, as well as those that remained in the park over the last 2 decades.

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

Mexico's Mariachi Cobre have certainly withstood the test of time.

The Acrobats of China were always a favorite of mine, however they recently ended their time at Epcot.

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

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Folding it back up half way, the left side lists Future World entertainment


Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

I only saw the Dreamfinder and Figment once and that was long before digital photography. They are one part of Epcot I fondly miss!

I never realized that GERO the robot made appearances outside of Horizons. I did manage to find a photo of GERO online!


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The right side gives a schedule for character greetings and special entertainment.

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

The Stargate Restaurant was located in Communicore where the Electric Umbrella now resides.

Note the Odyssey is listed as a restaurant. I do remember once having a burger there!

It was great being able to see the travel troupes of performers from all over the world. I remember during the Millenium Celebration, the Millenium Village would have similar groups perform!

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And the requisite advertising back.

Epcot Center Entertainment Program August 1990

Did you visit Epcot Center in 1990? Remember any of these performers?

Let me know who your favorite was.. and if you have photographs of the entertainers that no longer performs in Epcot let me know and perhaps we'll do a separate blog with those photos!

July 20, 2011

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet

The July 8, 2011 All Ears Meet and Greet was held in the Sunset Lounge at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Jambo House. All Ears Team Members Deb Wills, Deb Koma, Steve Barrett and Cathy Bock had a great afternoon with everyone.

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Rachel and Elaine from Chicago

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Peggy from Florida

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Steve Barrett autographs his Hidden Mickey book for his young fan Kyle.

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Anthony and Ken

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Vickie, Peggy and Sue


Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011


Faith

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Dawn and her girls were visiting from Rhode Island

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

The girls really liked the AllEars Trading Cards

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Dawn, Deb and Steve

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Rebecca, Sue and Vickie

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Steve and Deb chat with a couple staying at the Lodge.

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

Early on we took our one and only group photos -- people were coming and going over the course of the meet. From left: Rebecca and Sue from the UK, Steve Barrett, Tom Mangino from Florida, Dawn and her daughters, Rachel and Elaine, Chris Thomson and his two girls from Georgia, Cathy Bock, Deb Koma, and Sue Van Vleet, with Deb Wills in front.

Animal Kingdom Lodge AllEars Meet and Greet July 2011

July 28, 2011

Epcot World Showcase Postcards

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I also like to collect postcards and Epcot postcards being one of my favorites.

When I was at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet last month, one of the Disneyana vendors had a box of postcards.

I found some Epcot World Showcase ones that I hadn't seen before.

There were several things I like about this series. I like how each country is depicted, each with a different emphasis. I like that the card really stands out and draws your attention - it certainly would have gotten mine, if I had seen them on a rack in the store.

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France - The elegance of France is on display in the restaurants and shops here - along with our version of the Eiffel Tower and surprising statues that come to life. Parlez-vous adventure? (text from back of postcard)


Epcot World Showcase Postcards

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Mexico - Buenos dias, amigos! Come and enjoy the authentic tastes and shops of Mexico. It's the perfect way to start out, or finish up, your trip "around the world". (text from back of postcard)


Epcot World Showcase Postcards


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China - Experience the unique shopping, dining and entertainment of China...right here at Epcot. And don't miss the Land of Many Faces - a first-of-its-kind exhibit introducing China's ethnic peoples. (text from back of postcard)

Epcot World Showcase Postcards

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There is also a postcard that has mini photos of all eleven postcards - like a checklist!

Epcot World Showcase Postcards


While there is no date on them, I"m guessing 1990's. If you know when these were published please let me know.

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