EPCOT Center

“To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.” – EPCOT dedication plaque

It’s a little hard to fathom, but there was indeed a time when the entirety of Walt Disney World in Florida consisted ONLY of what is now The Magic Kingdom. No Animal Kingdom, no Hollywood Studios, and, yes kids, no EPCOT Center.

But that all changed October 1, 1982, when the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (Center) opened its gates for the very first time.

EPCOT started out as a dream of none other than the big man himself. Walt Disney first drew up the concept in the mid-60s, envisioning an actual community, complete with homes, schools, and municipal services…which means if ol’ Walt had his way, your actual street address could have been inside the confines of EPCOT Center.

Fortunately for all of us, more touristy-minded heads prevailed, and EPCOT was re-designed as a super-cool, future-themed amusement park…with an added international flair.

At the center of it all is Spaceship Earth, the 180-foot-tall golf ball made up of more than 11,000 individual triangle-shaped tiles. The Future World section houses a bunch of pavilions, including Universe of Energy, The Land, and Journey Into Imagination (with the adorable purple dragon Figment).

And then in the back half there’s the World Showcase, featuring pavilions for 11 different countries including Norway, Mexico, and China—all situated around the aptly-named World Showcase Lagoon.

Plenty of attractions have come and gone over the years. Michael Jackson’s Captain EO opened in 1984 and lasted 8 years until returning again in 2010 for a bit. And Test Track opened in 1999 and is currently the longest and fasted ride in all of Disney World.

On average around 11 million people visit EPCOT each year, enjoying all of its more than 300 acres. And it’s not only fun, it’s functional; every year 30 tons of fruits and vegetables are grown in The Land to be served in Walt Disney World restaurants.

A magical place, indeed…it simply stands to reason that it was born in the 80s.

“May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.”

We ♥ EPCOT Center.

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~ by weheart80s on June 27, 2017.

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