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Friday, February 20, 2009

Elderhostel Behind the Scenes - Day 1

(I am still catching up on this extended trip and the related blogging...be patient, I'm gong to get there soon. This trip took place the first week of February)

We got to see the parks mostly before anyone was allowed in; that was really special. It was as if the whole thing was just for us. You can see in the pictures that they are devoid of anyone! It almost looks eerie now.
First stop EPCOT---Experimental Protocol Community of Tomorrow
Here are painted wood carvings from the Mexico pavilion. The vibrant colors just have to make one feel happy
The China pavilion is very formal and elegant. Their presentation was a 360 surround movie along with acrobatic shows.

There is something so perfect about the Japanese gate and the geodesic globe in the background. (especially with no people)

There was a merchandise shop in the Norway section and this troll was begging for a showing in my blog post. How did he know I had a blog? Beats me! Anyway, here he is. (He was way taller than me!)

Likewise for Goofy...he is so cute.

We were not allowed to take any pictures of the behind the scenes activities. At the time I was very disappointed about that, but now I agree that the mystery behind the magic should stay that way..a mystery. We did discover some techniques of how they build certain buildings to appear taller, use sound to ease you in to each country as well as vegetation. The idea was to make you feel as though you were really there. All things considered, I think they did a pretty good job. Since the visit was geared towards how they created this atmosphere, we definitely had to go back to see the "on stage" Epcot once this tour was over.

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