2007 saw the first major Walt Disney World anniversary based in the era when bloggers and podcasters ruled the planet!

Since Disney discovered that creating 18-month long celebrations tended to drive in the guests at Walt Disney World, they embarked on a series of celebrations (Year of a Million Dreams, 100 Years of Magic, Remember the Magic, Where Magic Lives, etc.) that seemed to follow each other relentlessly. In 2007, a group of fans decided to create their own celebration for Epcot's 25th Anniversary when it was learned that Disney was not going to officially celebrate it. After seeing the momentum that Celebration 25 was gaining, Disney stepped in with some official activities for October 1, 2007 and an EPCOT Center25th Anniversary Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Werner Weiss of Yesterland.com. Check out his post on the October 1, 2007 event.

The gallery was located in Innoventions West and did not get a lot of publicity, unfortunately. Being good Disney nerds, my brother and I were able to document a lot of the exhibit during MouseFest 2007. This article will take a look at the more general part of the exhibit.

An oft-seen image of the model for the theme park.

One of the first items you saw was a display featuring Ray Bradbury, Marty Sklar, John Hench and another Imagineer. Bradbury talked about his involvement with the planning for EPCOT Center.

I've added the speech that Ray Bradbury gave to the Imagineers throughout this article.

The exhibit was surprisingly small, but there was something for every EPCOT Center fan.

I really wanted to take some of the banners home with me. (Also, don't pay any attention to the good looking blond guy in the lower, left-hand corner.)

The first part of the display highlighting the origins of EPCOT Center.

Another high-interest item was the reproduction of the original fold-out map.

Just a few pieces of ephemera from the early days of EPCOT Center.

A very hard to photograph reproduction of Card Walker's dedication speech.

The wall of awesome displays about the making of each of the Future World Pavilions (look for it next week).

Keychains and patches galore! Who wouldn't want their own SMRT-1?

A little known fact (that I just made up): EPCOT Center offered its own currency before the advent of Disney dollars!

The model for Spaceship Earth. It would look fantastic in my family room.

The realistic paint pattern for the Spaceship Earth model was so difficult it took Imagineering Legend John Hench to create it.

A detailed structural model was created to help engineers understand how a state of the art ride system would function inside a giant sphere, then how to cover that sphere with triangular-shaped Alucobond panels.

I love construction photos of Spaceship Earth. Seeing how the ride is arranged in the sphere is fascinating.

Next week: A look at the Future World Pavilions.

I asked a few friends if they had a photo of the exhibit entrance from 2007, but nobody had taken one. Leonard Kinsey (Our Kingdom of Dust) from Bamboo Forest Publishing shared some screen caps of the area from a video he took.

The doorways to the former exhibit are on the right of this image. Currently, it is used for Segway storage.

The doors are to the left of this shot. As you head down the hallway, you will end up at Club Cool.

One of the last remnants of the exhibit is a timeline covering the history of Epcot. I wonder what the average guests thinks about this while they are stumbling towards a bathroom after drinking too much Beverly.

Did you have the opportunity to visit the exhibit?

What are your thoughts on Disney showcasing its history in the parks?

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