Epcot was originally imagined by Walt Disney himself as what would be an urban city center, residential areas, and a series of mass transportation systems that would connect the community. However the concept of Epcot changed gears following Disney’s death in 1966 and it eventually morphed into a place to showcase different countries (a’la a world’s fair. It’s called World Showcase), as well as modern innovation through “edutainment” (education + entertainment) attractions. Each pavilion in the “Future World” area of Epcot focused on something different…space, farming, technology, etc.
Less than 2 years after the opening of Epcot in 1981, The Imagination pavilion, a pavilion that celebrated imagination, opened in early 1983. Its main attraction, a ride called Journey Into Imagination, was said to be the favorite of MANY Disney fans, partially because of its catchy theme song, but mainly because of a cute little guy named Figment, who, along with a man named Dreamfinder were the pavilion’s main characters.
Before Epcot opened in 1982, Wat Disney World already had some beautiful mosaics on its property, in the form of the five panels that tell the story of Cinderella, inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond, the mosaics were done by Hanns Scharff, a WW2-era German interrogator who turned into a mosaic artist in the 1950s, and whose other work included the California State capitol building, the Dixie State College Cine Arts Center and several schools, colleges and universities.
So when Disney was building its second park in Florida and wanted a mosaic at the entryway to The Land pavilion, they knew exactly who to call – Hanns Scharff.
The mosaic is meant to depict the various layers of the earth, which fits in perfectly with the theming of The Land. But did you ever notice that the tile aren’t just on the wall, but they also curve onto the floor? There’s a reason for that.
I bet you’ve done it. Or if you haven’t, you know someone who’s done it. Or you know someone who’s been a victim of it.
You’re at Epcot and you stop at Club Cool, over in Future World. You grab cups and tell you friend/family member/whoever to, “Try the Beverly…it’s delicious!” They take a sip and…
Hilarity ensues. End scene.
Yeah, it’s pretty gross.
So what IS it about Beverly that most people just…hate?
Well…there are a bunch of reasons. It could be that it was never really made for American palates. Or that it wasn’t intended to drink quickly, but to slowly savor. Whatever the reason, it’s the soda at Disney that people love to hate, and Rob Plays has given us the whole, nasty history of it in the following video…
Sharon and I have done some crazy Disney things. I once ran from park to park to park to park on Fourth of July to get a limited edition pin from each location, back when we still did the pin thing. We’ve waited outside the Animal Kingdom entry plaza in our car at 3AM to be there for the grand opening. If we had passes at the time, I would have tried to stay for the day when Magic Kingdom was open for 24 hours straight, Speaking of 24 hours, for my first trip to Disneyland, I flew from NYC to LA on a 6AM flight (waking up at 4AM) and went straight to the park for the day, staying until the the 1AM closing. That was 24 hours straight being awake with the time change. “What’s jet lag?” I asked at the time?
However, the task that Ed from Pizza in Motion and Summer (Mommy Points) from TPG Family are attempting to complete is simply insane. The only thing keeping me from saying they’re crazy is that they’re using the challenge to raise money for one of the most wonderful charities in Central Florida.
Joe and I just got back from Epcot and I gotta tell you – the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! show TOTALLY rocked the audience’s socks off on its opening day!
Hailed as part of Walt Disney World’s “Incredible Summer,” Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy host and perform in this rockin’ 20-minute cosmic show that showcases popular classic songs from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2. The concert also features a 7-piece alien band from Xander (the Xandarian Chamber Orchestra) and the entire show has audiences singing along and dancing in their seats. Don’t believe me? Here’s the entire, unedited show. Enjoy!