June 3 – October 7

Eisentrager-Howard Gallery

120 Richards Hall
Lincoln, NE

Disney at 1964 World’s Fair Concept Illustration for International Gardens, 1964 by Herb Ryman, charcoal on vellum


The Disney Ford Pavilion and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) Center entice audiences into worlds of imagination and experimentation.

For the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Ford Motor Company commissioned Walt Disney to design a unique and memorable world of entertainment. Advertised as the largest above-ground structure at the Fair, the ride inside the Ford Pavilion transported guests in brand new Ford Motor Company vehicles through the family fun of Disney animatronics.

Disney created four exhibits for the World’s Fair including the origins of the attractions “It’s a Small World” and “The Carousel of Progress”. Ride technologies like the “Omnimover” evolved from the Ford Pavilion.

EPCOT’s Land Pavilion was presented by Nestlé USA in 1982. The Land Pavilion showcased the connections between nature, imagination, and technology. Listen to the Land (now Living with the Land) took audiences on a boat ride that explored agriculture and technologies used in farming, irrigation, food science, and greenhouses. This utopia as conceptualized by the art of Walt Peregoy was full of imagination, ambition, and a promising tomorrow.