When Walt Disney spoke about a new theme park coming to Florida, aside from the Magic Kingdom, he spoke of a new kind of theme park where he envisioned a new type of community. A utopian city of the future, EPCOT, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened October 1, 1982. Unable to get funding for this project with out the start of the Magic Kingdom building along with his passing his dream for EPCOT was never realized.
“EPCOT will be an experimental prototype community of tomorrow that will take its cue from the new ideas and new
technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that
will never be completed, but will always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and systems. And EPCOT
will always be a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise.” – Walt Disney
As it opened, EPCOT, consisted of two areas, Future World and the World Showcase. Each area had Pavilions, Future World consisted of Journey into Imagination Pavilion, The Land Pavilion, Communicore East, Communicore West, Universe of Energy Pavilion, and World of Motion Pavilion. And of course Spaceship Earth, which has become the focal point of the park. Each area had it’s form of attraction, whether E-ticket or not. Most pavilions only had films and a display from the area’s sponsor. For example the Land Pavilion had the Listen to the Land attraction which was sponsored by Kraft.
While over in the World Showcase we found ourselves in 9 different countries. All of which are still here today. Canada, United Kingdom, France, Japan, The American Adventure, Italy, Germany, China and Mexico. Morocco was added in 1984 and the last addition Norway was added in 1988. All are the same as when they opened, a few shops, a video which shows views on their country and a restaurant or two. Other than adding an attraction or two and updating the exterior and interior of some of these countries not much else has changed, until now.
Two changed had previously been announce and already in full force on becoming complete. One being Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and the other Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. But that wasn’t where the new EPCOT would end. During D23 this year it was announce that multiple changes would be coming to EPCOT. Let’s start in the front of the park, there would be no more Future World. The EPCOT Future World as we once knew it was now going to have 3 different neighborhoods, World Discovery, World Celebration and World Nature.
World Discovery will now house the new Guardian’s of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction, the new Play Pavilion, this is was previously the Wonder’s of Life Pavilion, a New Space themed restaurant called Space 220. Along with things already in the area as Test Track and Mission: Space. The next area is the main entrance which will now be World Celebration. If you are in need of discount Disney tickets
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