Orlando, FL, USA (November 14, 2012) — 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the opening of EPCOT – consistently, year after year, the fifth best attended theme park in the world. Held earlier today, this session at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 offered the opportunity to hear the unique insights and perspectives of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, who guided the creative development of EPCOT. In addition to being Walt Disney’s last dream, EPCOT pioneered a new type of Disney park without a castle in its center, and, for its first decade, absolutely no Disney characters or licensed properties. The creation also launched the careers of many industry newcomers who are today’s industry leaders. Left to right are session moderator Bob Rogers, Founder, BRC Imagination Arts; Marty Sklar, former Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering; Rick Rothschild, Founder and COO, FAR OUT! Creative Direction, and immediate past President, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA); Tony Baxter, Senior Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering; Monty Lunde, President, Technifex; and Eric Jacobson, Creative Leader, EPCOT, Walt Disney Imagineering. Photo courtesy BRC Imagination Arts.
PHOTO: Legends 2012 at IAAPA Attractions Expo
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.