Pavilion Explorations: The United Kingdom

Educational and entertaining, Epcot can provide you with the opportunity to tour the world without a passport. The United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot is best known for its Fish and Chips, Pub, and British rock covers from British Revolution. As in every Mouse University Online exploration, we have to look for the hidden details and appreciate research done by the Imagineers. Let’s walk the cobble-stoned streets in our trip through time “across the pond.”

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IMG_1899The pavilion can be divided into distinct time periods with specific themes and representations in the four main streets; Tudor Lane, High Street, Upper Regency and Lower Regency. We’re going to look at a few of the buildings individually.

Starting with the quant english cottage, The Tea Caddy, we start out in the 1500’s. It was based on Stratford-upon-Avon, the childhood home of Anne Hathaway (William Shakespeare’s wife). Notice the thatched roof? Well it’s actually More…

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Credits Rolling on Main Street: Jack Olsen “The Merchant Prince”

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Olsen’s Imported Novelties & Souvenirs

“World’s Largest Collection of Keychains”

Jack Olsen “The Merchant Prince”

Jack Olsen was born in 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His family moved to California three years after his birth. After attending high school, Jack majored in mathematics at Penn State College. During World War II, he received two Presidential citations and two Purple Hearts in Europe’s 78th Infantry Division. After the war, he returned to Los Angeles. There, Jack managed art supply stores and galleries, and owned a ceramics manufacturing firm. Throughout his entire life,  More…

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Terrific Trivia: Hollywood/Disney-MGM Studios

Nooks, crannies, and details are meant to be explored. The parks all full of all these things, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no exception. Mysterious hotels closed since 1939, Shrinking down to the size of a toy, and the Hollywood that never was. Let’s look into the 25 year-old park, and explore some of its interesting facts.

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“The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be.” -Michael Eisner, Disney-MGM Studios dedication, May 1st, 1989

Did you know that comedians/actors George Burns and Bob Hope helped cut the film ribbon to dedicate the Studios? Today, the 135 acre park is the fifth most visited United States theme park (after Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom).

Look up close at the gas pumps near the entrance of the park. They have the park opening date on them.IMG_9974

The original concept for Disney-MGM Studios was a fully functional television and motion picture facility and theme park. Before completion of the park, Ernest Saves Christmas and Newsies were filmed in 1988. Walt Disney Animation produced/entirely animated Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear in Disney-MGM Studios before closing Disney’s Florida animation in 2004. More…

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Spaceship Earth History: Grand and Miraculous

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Walking into Epcot, it’s quite difficult to miss the 18-story geodesic sphere (it’s not a golf ball). The park’s icon, Spaceship Earth, is always a must see for every trip. We discussed the exterior of the attraction a few months ago, in my Epcot Trivia post (read it here). Today, let’s look at its interior and the history of the many incarnations.

The name Spaceship Earth is actually inspired by Buckminster Fuller‘s 1968 book, “Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth

IMG_2533Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury (he wrote one of my favorite books, Fahrenheit 451) met Walt Disney in the 1960s.  Both Walt and Bradbury contributed to the 1964 New York World’s Fair and shared many common interests such as the future and progress.

Come years later when WED (now WDI) was planning the park EPCOT center, More…

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Credits Rolling on Main Street: Lonnie R. Lindley “Rainbow Paint Co”

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Today’s window:

“Rainbow Paint Co.  

Polychromatists

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World’s Largest Collection of Color Samples.”

 

Welcome back to Mouse University Online’s Credits on Main Street! First things first, we’ll break down is the window tile, and polychromatists. The definition of polychromatic is having or exhibiting a variety of colors. Rainbow Paint Company again refers to color with the description of the “World’s Largest Collection of Color Samples.” I’m quite sure that the theme of this window must have something to do with paint and color….  More…

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