I promise to provide an in-depth look at Walt Disney Imagineering’s entire D23 Expo 2013 Parks & Resorts pavilion in a future post, but I’m too excited not to bring you these photos first. Hands down, my favorite part of the pavilion (and Patrick’s favorite thing at the whole Expo) was this amazing model of a vision for Epcot’s The Land pavilion that never came to be.
We caught bits of its history from the Imagineer on duty as Patrick shot photos: The Land was to have contained seven different crystalline structures, five of which would each contain a different natural environment; The Blueprints of Nature, an overhead-track balloon ride where guests got blown “off course” by a snowstorm, then followed the lifecycle of the snow as it melted, became water and eventually evaporated; a Carousel of Progress-style revolving theater; and the requisite shop and restaurant. One tidbit they mention a lot is that one of the Imagineers on the project (the same guy who came up with a lot of the inventive growing techniques of Living with the Land) later went off to Arizona and consulted on Biosphere 2. But this version of the concept was abandoned after the lumber company sponsoring the pavilion dropped out and Kraft signed on but requested the pavilion have more to do with food. Dang you, Kraft!!!
Patrick made two trips to the model on Sunday and took almost 50 photographs—enough that you might be able to create your own version of the model at home! (And if you really do create your own version of the model at home, I’d love to see it.) Also, reader John Donaldson informs me that Imagineers secretly placed in the model miniature fruit and foliage purchased by Walt Disney in Paris. See if you can spot it!