31 August 2009

A little bit of Florida

One Man’s Dream, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is not an attraction to be rushed through. While there are plenty of ‘Wow’ moments to be had as you move through the exhibit spaces, some of the greatest pieces of history come from taking time to really explore the elements around you. Take, for example, the Florida Conference Room (Project X).

This area recreates the sets, props, maps, and studio stage of the Florida Film, sometimes also referred to as the EPCOT Film. Recorded on October 27, 1966, this twenty-four minute film that previewed the Florida Project would be Walt’s last film. In fact, the film wouldn’t even be shown, first to legislators and Florida business leaders, until after Walt’s passing. After its initial showing to the legislative body on February 2, 1967 an almost identical film, with minor changes targeted at the general population of Florida, began being shown across the state.

In the reconstructed set of the Florida Conference Room at One Man’s Dream are a few treasures that Disney enthusiasts would love to examine, chief among these are several scripts. Turned to Walt’s introduction to the Florida Film these scripts come complete with editing marks. In addition to these scripts, there is also a transcript from an interview Walt did with Fletcher Markle for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Telescope program on September 25, 1963.

These little details are not the bread and butter of the average park guests, but of course, neither is One Man’s Dream. To truly experience One Man’s Dream, as with all attractions, restaurants, and even walkways within Walt Disney World it is imperative to take a little more time to uncover the world around you. After all, you never know what type of treasure you may discover.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this exhibit. We do it every trip and it always makes me quite emotional to think how one man has touched so many with happiness.

Anonymous said...

It usually takes me about 2 or 3 hours to get through this wonderful attraction because I have to keep stopping to regain my composure...and that's before I eventually sit through the film and cry my eyes out (again) at the end. Come to think of it, this is probably my favorite attraction at DHS.
Thanks for yet another remarkable piece about WDW.