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Thursday, January 21, 2016

46 Vintage Photos of Epcot's Imagination Pavilion That Will Blow You Away

By Keith Mahne




Today we are going to embark on a little "journey"of sorts. Not just any journey, this one is to the early 1980s and 90s when Epcot's Imagination pavilion was still sponsored by Kodak and one could still find attractions like Magic Journeys, Makin' Memories, ImageWorks and, of course, the original Journey Into Imagination. So friends, if you love the days when Epcot was followed by "Center" and your eyes lit up as you passed through the Rainbow Corridor, then you are going to be blown away by these 46 vintage photos of Epcot's Imagination pavilion...









Epcot's Imagination pavilion was initially sponsored by Kodak until 2010. While the pavilion itself has existed since 1982, it has gone through three significant phases. The original started out as an area in which the 3-D film Magic Journeys was played with a song of the same name written by the Sherman Brothers...








The Makin' Memories pre-show presentation for Magic Journeys, which was essentially a commercial for Kodak, featured a slide presentation of the history of photography and also included a Sherman Brothers tune of the same name...








When the Journey Into Imagination attraction opened a year later, the area was dubbed the Journey Into Imagination Pavilion. From 1983 to 1986, it held the Journey Into Imagination attraction, ImageWorks (upstairs), and Magic Journeys. The original Journey Into Imagination attraction was the second most popular attraction at EPCOT Center.  I can recall many mornings as a youngster, when we would arrive at the Journey Into Imagination pavilion to find the line stretched down to The Land...








This, my friends, was the golden days of Epcot and one that many Epcot enthusiasts yearn to return to. Let's try and capture a little of that spirit now. Sit back, relax and reminisce as we enjoy the good ol' days of Epcot's Imagination pavilion...
















































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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.




1 comment:

  1. Waaahhh!!! We'll need electron beams and crystal prisms, gyroscopes and magnetisms...

    The idea bag was never truly full.

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