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Listen to the EPCOT Center entrance plaza loop from 1982

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EPCOT Center was an amazingly ambitious project. Not only was Disney creating a brand-new theme park with state-of-the-art attractions and the infrastructure to support it, they also went out of their way to sweat the details to a standard far beyond expectations. Need a font for signs? Hire a typographer to create a custom font for the park. Need audio sweeting for the areas around pavilions? Forget stock music — write, orchestrate and produce hours of original songs customized for each one.

A perfect example of this attention to detail is the music that played at EPCOT Center’s entrance plaza. It could have been some generic futuristic new age music (e.g. Tommorowland), but Disney instead took a bold direction: create an overture using the pavilion’s individual themes to set the stage and familiarize the audience with songs they would hear later, like in musical theater. Brilliant.

This loop was recorded in October of 1994. I have applied light noise reduction to reduce some hiss which was inherent either in the original recording or was introduced by the amplification system.

@jaimemaas was kind enough to do some additional audio restoration to the file. It has replaced the older download link so if you have the old one, you’ll want to download this version too!

Equipment
Sony MZ-1 MiniDisc recorder
Radio Shack 44-533 telephone pickup

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3 Comments

  1. wedroy1923

    July 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recording. EPCOT Center rules!

  2. Hector A Parayuelos

    February 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This is amazing, thanks for uploading! One question:

    “Radio Shack 44-533 telephone pickup” – Does this mean you recorded this off a phone?

    1. How Bowers

      March 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      The telephone pickup was a small device with a suction cup end that was sold to record phone conversations. What made it different is that it actually picks up the magnetic fluctuations from speakers and converts it into audio rather than recording the sound itself, which eliminated all background noise. It was Mike Lee of Widen Your World who first brought the technique to my attention and it changed the quality of recording at the park dramatically!

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