Disney World’s ‘EPCOT’ Turns 31 Today

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ABOVE VIDEO: EPCOT is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres (120 ha), more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park.

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA — Today marks the 31st birthday of EPCOT, an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a Utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney, often interchanging “city” and “community.”

EPCOT is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres, more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park.

EPCOT is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres, more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park.

In Walt Disney’s words: “EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry.”

EPCOT is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres (120 ha), more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EPCOT

Originally called EPCOT Center until 1996, it is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair.”

“EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry.” — Walt Disney

In 2011, the park hosted approximately 10.83 million guests, making it the third most visited theme park in the United States, and sixth most visited theme park in the world.

The park is represented by Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere that also serves as an attraction.

It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing, and testing, and demonstrating new materials and new systems.


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