Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Review: The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot

The Imagineers have written an entire series of guide books, each one highlighting a different park.  In light of my impending trip to Epcot, I decided it was time to re-read that one in particular.

I really enjoy this series as a whole.  The concept art, the history, the fun facts all come together to create a very interesting history of the parks.  I also like that the books are small.  You can bring them with you into the parks without out them taking up too much space in your pack or weighing it down.

The Epcot book will hopefully help me to gain a better appreciation for the park.  It has such a rich history that goes all the way back to Walt himself, though the final product looks very different than Walt's vision.

Fun fact: Epcot was planned to be in the exact center of the resort property (hence the original name, EPCOT Center).  It's actually a few hundred yards off center due to the discovery of an endangered species during construction.

Fun fact #2: In the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion, one of the building facades takes its inspiration from "it's a small world."

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