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    Arrived at EPCOT just after 8:00am. With the park not opening till 9:00am we were let in early for the D23 event.
    Which meant a great opportunity at some daylight pictures with very few guests around.
    For more pictures from the park you can check out my posting in the WDW update, but for now on to the D23 event.
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    The event was held in the World Showplace (located between Canada and the United Kingdom)
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    Heading inside. On the right a check in table for those who did not do it yesterday. On the left a merchandise table.
    Heading into the main room.
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    Show time..
    Opened up with a brief video then Steven Clark, head of D23.
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    A brief video clip of the introduction.
    Steven Clark, Head of D23
    Steven did a brief bit based on the World Key Information System.
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    The first presentation was Epcot: The Dawn of a New Disney Era. It was a video presentation because Marty Sklar had a previous commitment and could not attend.
    It featured some video clips, such as this famous I am sure you have all seen..
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    The Go Ahead for the EPCOT Film Narration (Marty Sklar wrote the narrative for the film).
    A discussion of the EPCOT Forums, Ray Bradbury was the keynote speaker at the first one. Out of these forums they learned that people really trusted Disney more than industry and government.
    An early concept for World Showcase.
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    An early rendering of where World Showcase could go.
    A concept for the American Adventure when it was to be located at the entrance to World Showcase.
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    Ground Breaking...
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    Opening day!
    That led to the first panel of the day. Title We Can Do It!
    A wide shot of the panel.
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    It was hosted by Imagineer and author Jason Surrell.
    Disney Legend, original Tom Sawyer on Tom Sawyer Island, and former manager of distribution services at Walt Disney World Tom Nabbe
    former director of Walt Disney World Casting Duncan Dickson
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    Disney Legend and former vice president of the Magic Kingdom Bill Sullivan
    former Walt Disney World vice president of purchasing and contract services Howard Roland
    Disney Legend and executive vice president of Parks, Walt Disney World Bob Matheison
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    Charlie Ridgway had some pictures to share.
    A photo op of both the British and French Concords landing at MCO for a press event.
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    Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, who helped launch the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971 and EPCOT Center in 1982, among other Disney theme parks around the world
    former president of Disney Participant Relations Jim McCaskill
    The next panel was Looking Back at Tomorrow and featuring Archivists Michael Crawford and Steven Vagnini - no photos were allowed during their presentation.
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    Next up Makin Memories: Epcot on Film
    former Imagineer Bob Garner and Disney author/historian Tim ODay.
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    Some early figment test footage.
    A discussion of this famous shot of Mickey on Spaceship Earth.
    Time for a group photo..
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    And a couple of our hosts.
    At the beginning of the lunch break I had the opportunity to sit in on some Q&A sessions with some of the panelists.
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    After lunch we started off with an entertaining presentation by three current Imagineers.
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    Jason Grandt, Alex Wright, and Jason Surrell
    Introductions.. and early trips to the parks.
    They took us on a tour of the park and pointed out details and things that interested them.
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    Started off with a look at Spaceship Earth and how it was constructed. A 3/4 self supporting dome on a raised platform then a 1/4 suspended dome underneath the platform.
    An early look at the park.
    Jason Surrell...
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    A look a the size of the Living Seas.
    For reference where Spaceship Earth would fit.
    Alex Wright
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    Jason Grandt
    Next up the Land.
    A look at concepts for the mural.
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    Wall carpet.. a favorite subject of these three.
    Some of the notes in the Imagination pavilion.
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    Wall tile... to go with the carpet.
    Some early Joe Rhode work (he later went on to projects such as Animal Kingdom and Aulani), the restrooms for Norway.
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    The small walkway around the church.
    Anyone notice these two buildings share one door?
    Stairways to no where.. this one in China.
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    American Adventure... all Disneyland fans recognize this station... its the New Orleans Square one.
    Next stop Japan and the museum.
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    The next panel featured some Disney entertainment veterans.
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    The panel was led by Ron Logan
    Carol Campbell
    She talked about staging all the opening ceremonies for the World Showcase.
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    Bob Radock
    Steve Skorija
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    Gene Columbus
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    Tony Peluso
    Next up EPCOT Illusioneering and Beyond
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    The next panel, Journey Into Imagination was another no photo allowed one. I did snap one picture of the panel exiting at the end. It featured Tony Baxter, Steve Taylor, Steven Vagnini, and Ron Schneider.
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    The final panel of the day was on the Music of Epcot Center.
    The panel featured Steven Vagnini, Tim ODay, Greg Ehrbar and Russell Brower
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    They started off talking about Buddy Baker.
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    Next up X Atencio
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    A crowd favorite, the Kitchen Kabaret
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    Which led to the Sherman Brothers.
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    George Wilkins
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    D23s Melody Dale came out to sing an unused song, Tomorrows Windows from Horizons.
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    To close with Bob Moline.
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    Billy Flanigan came out to sing Golden Dream (Billy performed at the opening ceremonies for EPCOT)
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    Some pictures while he was singing (no video allowed so just imagine Golden Dream...)
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    Steven Clark took the stage to wrap up the event.
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    We were each given this button on the way out.
    The items that were given out at the D23 event.
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