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This page is to help you quickly jump through this picture set. Below you will see a listing of the pages and the captions on that page.

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    Pop Century is so peaceful at 7:00am since most people on vacation tend to be asleep still. Here you can see the sun just rising above the main building.
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    After breakfast headed toward the Contemporary by way of the Magic Kingdom. The park opening celebration was just getting under way as I walked by (it was just before 8am) on my way to the Monorail station.
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    Arrived at the Contemporary and headed for the convention center. There were some signs up to greet us.
    I was really surprised at all the flash photography. No one seemed to be stopping people. I did see them talk to people who were trying to record as well as those taking pictures during the closed sessions.
    On room was set up as an archives exhibit. Since I had time and the line was short I decided to walk through.
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    A shot of the room. To the right a couple of display cases. Along the back wall some figures.
    A long shot of one of the display cases.
    Moving in and starting on the bottom of the display.
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    Opening day memorabilia filled all four levels of the case.
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    The next case featured letters and memos.
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    The third and final case some WDW merchandise from the years on one shelf.
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    Some information booklets on other shelves.
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    Now working across the figures that were out. A Small World Doll
    These three were from the Mickey Mouse Review.
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    It was fun to see the programming board out.
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    Then some EPCOT figures.
    An original Figment.
    On the right from Mickeys house in the Toontown Fair. On the left from Kitchen Kabaret.
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    Tom Morrow 2.0 from EPCOT.
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    A quick shot of the merchandise location as I walked by.
    The line to get into the event stretched quite a ways, but thanks to everyone being spaced out it really was not that long. It looked worse than it was.
    Looking back, you can see the merchandise tables in the distance.
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    Walking back to find the end you can see it stretch down toward the escalators at the far end of the hallway (to help you visualize this the merchandise area is behind me, to the left in this shot was the registration and archives and outside to the left is the front of the hotel).
    A sign to help you out, even though everyone seemed to figure it out. One thing D23 members do naturally is line up!
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    Eventually they opened the door and we were next moved into one of the largest switchback lines we had seen using wall partitions/rooms as the switchbacks. We were let in here about 35 minutes before the main doors opened.
    Promptly at 9:00am we were let in. This shot was taken at 9:05 and as you can see the front sections were filled in quickly.
    The presentation started very close to on time at 9:30am. First up were the Armchair Archivist talking about Steven Clark.
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    Steven (on the right) takes the stage.
    He talked about his first trip to Walt Disney World, I missed the year but fairly certain it was in the early 70s.
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    He then discussed the event and officially welcomed everyone.
    Plus a few plugs for other events.
    Debbie Dane Brown, WDWs first Ambassador was introduced and she officially welcomed everyone. She started in the preview center in 1970.
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    They pulled out her original application to become the first Ambassador.
    Notice how the times had changed since 1970. She had to agree to remain unmarried till her term was up.
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    The first presentation of the day was Weird Disney with Becky Cline and Paul F Anderson.
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    The first segment featured the best of slides from Anaheim.
    Just like Anaheim I want to apologize up front for the shots since they are of the projection screen. So some look ok while others are just off. Also since I had no one taking notes I will refrain from adding captions for the sake of not feeding mis-information.
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    This story was about a promotion for Pinocchio where they hired little people to dress up and be on the marquee. Well seems as the day went on they got drunk and by the evening most managed to had shed their clothes.
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    They tried to show us the image but it was censored!
    Another fun news clipping. Here is how the ad was supported to run.
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    Here is how it actually did... Oops.
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    A crack was made here about the safety railings and a lot of the audience did not seem to get it.. had to remind myself I was in Florida...
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    Tim O Day joined them on stage next for his New Years eve story which had the audience rolling!
    I will refrain from trying to re-tell it and instead share a couple of shots.
    Baby New Year going down the wire.
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    Now on to new material (for me). Walt Disney World...
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    One of my favorite shots the ski outhouse.
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    The original characters that were in EPCOT.
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    The opening of Captain EO
    An odd looking Jungle Book show.
    Dolly Parton at the parks (I forget which TV special this was for).
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    The Mickey Mouse Review
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    Played a video clip of the computer revue.
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    Paul and Becky dancing during the clip.
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    The Barbie show from EPCOT.
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    This did top everything. It was a gradnite promo from the 70s.
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    They got into the act!
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    They wanted to do some give aways.
    So first Paul had to find some stuff to give away...
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    In the end opted for more traditional material. Which was given away to luck people who had a number under their chair.
    The legendary spear made the trip to Orlando (for those that attended the Anaheim version you know what this means!)
    That wraps up their presentation.
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