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Graphic Answers at your Fingertips!
Epcot's World Key
George W. Smith, Jr.

The $1 billion Walt Disney World Epcot Center covers 500 acres in Orlando, Fla. Getting around in this so-called world of the future could be difficult, but Epcot's WorldKey Information Service is there to assist.

While it won't give you the answer to life, or the key to the universe, the touch-sensitive information retrieval system at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center will tell you where to go and how to get there.

Provided, of course, that you ask it. Not only will the WorldKey Information Service at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida tell you how to get to a restaurant at say, the Germany Pavilion, it will show you graphics stored on videodisk in the form of maps, videotapes and photos to make sure you really understand.

The Walt Disney World Resort's newest theme park, Epcot, stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The information system was specially designed to be compatible with the futuristic theme of the park, and is a joint project of the Bell System and Walt Disney World.

The systems engineering, design, and development was done by Bell Laboratories engineers. Western Electric employees designed and assembled the lightwave transmission system that interconnects the touch-sensitive terminals. Walt Disney World bought the equipment and produced the videodisk and information content.



Source type Magazine
Volume 3.4
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 3
Pages pp. 39-40,42


Id 5729
Availability Free
Inserted 2021-01-15