I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of The Tomorrow Society Podcast. It’s all happening! My goal is to have engaging discussions with the creative minds surrounding the themed entertainment industry. Guests will include authors, filmmakers, and other smart figures that are part of this medium. There is so much to cover in the history of theme parks, especially with Disney. It intrigues me to see how the industry is evolving to include museums, zoos, and other cultural institutions.
My first guest is Ryan Ritchey — director, editor, and producer of After the Fair: The Legacy of 1964-65 NY World’s Fair. This documentary takes a charming look at the Fair and what happened to many of its pavilions after the gates closed. In the podcast, Ryan provides some background about his work on the movie and what drove him to create it. We also discuss the greatness of Horizons and EPCOT Center and the changes in our modern world of IP-driven attractions.
What makes Ryan’s film click with me is the volume of engaging stories about the Fair. There is still a broad legacy around the country of artifacts from the event more than 50 years later. We also learn quite a bit about the Disney attractions at the Fair within the documentary. It’s fascinating to note the connections between those pavilions and what appeared at EPCOT Center when it opened in 1982. Disney did a lot more than just retain the tone of a permanent World’s Fair.
If you’re curious about my background, you should also check out my first episode! It covers my connection to themed entertainment and plans for the show.
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