For the second item on the Disney Geeks’ Christmas Wish List, we are going to focus on another book that is a must have for every collection: Walt Disney’s Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow.
This is a book that is absolutely amazing in its scope and detail. Released in 1982, during the opening of Epcot Center, it is a 240-page tome that is filled to the brim with enough concept artwork, full-page spreads of models and full chapters explaining each pavilion and land to keep you busy for a long time.
Hands-down, it is one of the most visited books in my collection–for fun and research; history and day-dreaming. I am fortunate to have ridden all of the original Future World attractions during my 1994 visit: Horizons, the Sea Cabs, the World of Motion and the original Journey Into Imagination. But I still turn the pages slowly, waiting for the next image to appear. Wishing I could go back and experience the missed attraction one more time.
The book is very well-written. You get a true sense of the excitement that the Imagineers had while planning and designing the park. There are also some sneak peaks of attractions that were planned but never made it: Meet the World (Japan Pavilion), the entire Africa Pavilion and the Rhine River Ride in the German Pavilion. We’ve used it quite a bit for background material at Imaginerding.
Did I mention concept art?
If I could sum up this work with one sentence, it would be that this book represents the heart of EPCOT Center–the hope, dreams and intention.
Don’t forget to check out our other Wish List item. Both of these books would make incredible additions to your library.