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Can you identify the voice of SMRT-1?

This morning I was recalling and researching another piece of classic EPCOT — Communicore’s SMRT-1. As you might recall, the adorable robot acted as a demonstration of voice recognition technology by playing games with guests. In one example, SMRT-1 would display a list of animals on a piezoelectric display board and ask the player to select one. He would then ask the player a series of yes or no questions through a telephone handset to arrive at the answer. Many Disney fan  ...

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Listen to The American Adventure full show recording from 1995

The American Adventure has to be the most ambitious show ever conceived by WED. Imagineer Randy Bright (who wrote quite possibly the best book on Imagineering, “Disneyland: The Inside Story”) crafted an expansive overview of American history. It’s multiple location changes and many characters are magnificently brought to life via a combination of sets, audioanimatronic characters and a giant rear projection screen. By 1982 standards it was a technical triumph, with then  ...

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Listen to the EPCOT Center entrance plaza loop from 1982

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  ...

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