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Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow Hardcover – September 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; First edition. edition (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810908190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810908192
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're an Epcot junkie, this is a must have for your collection.
G. Mavrak
The book shows concept drawings and early construction of EPCOT along with some excellent photos and informative text.
DR SHOCK
This book captures EPCOT the way it was supposed to be; NO Mickey Mouse running around, or Disney themed rides.
R. Pearrow

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul on January 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book offered me a great chance to see EPCOT Center as it was formed and created. It also looks deeply into each of the origanal rides including both Future World and World Showcase areas. The conceptual art work in this book is also increadible. This book also has many photos of the inside and outside of the rides. For the avad fan or for the first timer I suggest this book
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob4621@aol.com Rob McCullough on June 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my birthday in January 1982, the year EPCOT opened. I had memorized every word before my family went in October. This book gives the reader a complete look at how the World's largest construction project at the time was conceived, and built. I'm hoping Disney will release a similar book about its new park AMIMAL KINGODM.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By liplash on August 17, 2008
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This is a great book that captures the history of the formation of EPCOT based on concepts that were proposed. Some did not come to fruition. Some were put into place, but have now been replaced by others. This now reads as a history/nostalga book. It is still a fun read. The pictures are beautiful, and the text enjoyable. I have a version that shows ISBN 0810908190 published in 1982, 240 pages as listed here, but has a slightly different cover. I will try to load a photo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Damon VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
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This book makes me reminisce about how cool the original EPCOT once was before the Disney money machine took over. Almost all of the rides had corporate sponsors, and there were no signs of Nemo, Ellen Degeneris, Mickey, or any other Disney characters. There were a few unique EPCOT ones, and that was ok. Future World was actually futuristic back then, Communicore had cutting edge technology, not X - Boxes to play. EPCOT had a vision back then. EPCOT was probably the closest thing to a World's Fair with the glimpse of the future and the country's that participated. Now, EPCOT's vision is just to make money, not to provide the messages it once provided about our planet. This book tells about their original vision and the rides that told that story. I highly recommend it both to World's Fair enthusiasts and vintage Disney fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Pearrow on May 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book captures EPCOT the way it was supposed to be; NO Mickey Mouse running around, or Disney themed rides. It was one of the main reasons EPCOT became my favorite park. If I wanted to see Mickey and the gang I'd go over to the Magic Kingdom. EPCOT was a great escape to so many different lands and unique rides. Now I feel it's just another Disney place. I took this book out after many years working with the Disney production film and tape crew and I found myself saying, "I wish EPCOT still looked like this." Even though it was not exactly what Walt had envisioned, it was definitely a unique and well thought out attraction. I guess they felt they had to make it more appealing to kids, but in that sense it took a great deal away from the adults. I'm glad this book came out when it did. It represents a frozen time period I will always remember.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Paulsen on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have had this book for many years. It remains on my bookshelf where I can pick it up anytime. I often look through it before heading to Orlando as it is such a wonderful reminder of Walt's ideas, concepts and vision - which he unfortunately never got to see. Of the many picture books available about Disney's resorts and parks, this is one of the best. The hundreds of photos and drawings show the many ideas that helped shape this park - some that were abandoned and others that are still there as originally conceived. Those that have followed the growth and success of Disney, like myself since early childhood, will truly enjoy this edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Mavrak on August 9, 2010
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Have been looking for a book for some time now that gives a historical background on Epcot. This one is perfect. Many stories about how and why things you see today are in place. Lists many attractions that "almost were" bit never came to be. Great selection of photos during the artist renderings, actual construction, and the finished product. If you're an Epcot junkie, this is a must have for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bell on April 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is great is because it's from when Epcot Center was just opening. It was published before the park even opened. Some things it discusses never even made it to the parks! For example, there are beautiful sketches of the Africa pavilion in the World Showcase, which never came to be. This book is not what I expected, it's better than I expected. I think every Disney fan should have one in their collection.
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