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Epcot Photo Flashback: Kitchen Kabaret Cooks!

We know that many of you are fans of early Epcot history, and in honor of the park’s upcoming 30th anniversary, we’re starting the celebration early by sharing Epcot Photo Flashbacks with you each Monday through October 1.

I first set foot in Epcot (then Epcot Center) when I was 7 years old. I remember feeling wowed at the glimpses of the future that were offered in attractions like Horizons, World of Motion, Living with the Land, and The Living Seas. But in my opinion, no attraction offered more fun than Kitchen Kabaret!Kitchen Kabaret Cooks!

This attraction was housed in The Land Pavilion and starred a cast of quirky characters who sang, danced, and told jokes to prove that good nutrition was also fun. Hosted by Bonnie Appetit, the kitchen came alive with singing cereal boxes, a crooning carton of milk, toe-tapping toast and much more. Who didn’t love the wisecracks served up by the comedic duo of Hamm & Eggz? Or Colander Combo and Fiesta Fruit’s signature song, “Veggie Fruit-Fruit”? Sing it with me: “There are no substitutes for we veggie, fruit-fruit, veggie-veggie, fruit-fruit…!”

Vintage Epcot: A Return to Seabase Alpha

I’m a huge fan of The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction at Epcot where you can interact with the stars of the hit Disney•Pixar film, but there is one thing I miss about the original The Living Seas Pavilion – the hydrolater.

The Living Seas Pavilion – the hydrolater.

Iconic to The Living Seas Pavilion, this 20 passenger capsule elevator took guests on a 30-second trip to the ocean floor where they experienced water rushing by as electronic indicators measured the progress of their decent while the floor beneath them was shaking.

The Living Seas Pavilion

This 185,000 square-foot pavilion that opened in 1986 is home to a coral reef environment that holds 5.7 million gallons of seawater. When guests disembarked at Seabase Alpha (now known just as Seabase), they explored a model undersea research facility.

Seabase Alpha

The previous queue at The Living Seas had artifacts that had a more nautical feel than the beach queue guests encounter today.

The previous queue at The Living Seas

While saying “dude” as much as possible is today’s norm when leaving The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, I still like to yell out “the deluge” when it downpours here in Florida. Those two words are still memorable all these years later from the original The Living Seas preshow.

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