Readers may be interested in the park admission prices back in the 1980's, before corporate Disney realized what a goldmine their theme parks could be. Disney diners may also want to know that Biergarten opened as table-service restaurant (not a buffet) and Le Cellier was originally a cafeteria-style steakhouse (though I see no mention of this designation in the Guide). In Future World, there is no mention of the unfinished Horizons and Living Seas pavilions and very little is written about the tardy Journey into Imagination ride, which also was not ready for opening day (so Disney probably wasn't ready to release much information about the ride).
Have a look for yourself at our first Official Guide descriptions of EPCOT Center!
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Great post! I think the first edition of Birnbaum's guide that I had was either 1984 or 1985, although I don't think there were that many changes in those early years. I used to read it over and over - so much great information and trivia in there.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Steve. I bought the Official Guide every year from 1990-2002 (except, I skipped 1996 for some reason), but somehow I also ended up with this copy that my father bought for our first trip to EPCOT Center. I think he may still have some other Guides, which were a great way to keep up with what was new in the park in the pre-Internet days. Now, it's fun to look back at how things used to be!ReplyDelete