Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day 797: Kodak

Sometimes the littlest thing can lead you on a whole spiral of memories and thoughts and Disney...and this is certainly one of those times.

As you'll see in the blog post after this, we ended up talking about a whole number of things that deal with Disney in my French class, but one of the more prominent was a discussion we had about Kodak. As some of the class debated whether or not Kodak was still a thing, I was simply sitting there thinking about the past of Walt Disney World and the ever popular "Kodak Spots" that were situated throughout the parks during my childhood.

For many years, Kodak was a sponsor with the Disney company, but after they filed for bankruptcy, ended the partnership. Of course, Kodak sponsored many attractions in the parks over the years, including older attractions such as Magic Journeys at Magic Kingdom and the ever popular Captain EO (which still resides at Epcot), as well as some of the attractions that continue today: Mickey's PhilharMagic, Muppet Vision 3D, and Journey Into Imagination With Figment. Now, obviouusly, Kodak sponsors nothing since it's not really even a thing anymore aside from the occasional single use camera you find here and there in tourist locations. In all aspects, Kodak is really a thing of the past.

But that's not all Kodak had at Walt Disney World. The more popular portion of the Kodak we remember from Disney is probably the Kodak Picture Spots that sat all over Walt Disney World. Generally there was a sign and then a little picture indicating the ideal photograph for your family:

These are gone now too, replaced here and there by Photopass Photographers and newer, "Nikon Picture Spots," but I certainly remember the days when Kodak reigned in the parks. It's funny to think that photography has changed so much at this point that something so successful has gone out of business because the entire basis has been lost. Of course, I, like the rest of the world, greatly prefer the digital picture to a roll of film or, goodness gracious, slides, but it's still a little sad to see part of what Disney used to be gone as well. 

Then again, I didn't really need Kodak to tell me where to take pictures, did I? 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on March 16 due to Midterms).