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Vintage Walt Disney World: Daredevil Circus Spectacular at Epcot

posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today back in 1955, the “Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on ABC. Thursdays on the “Mickey Mouse Club” used to be Circus Day. With today being Thursday, let’s celebrate Circus Day by journeying back to Epcot in 1987 when a circus with “intergalactic thrills” entertained guests in Future World four times a day.

Epcot’s Daredevil Circus Spectacular

With a “center ring” 400 feet in diameter and Spaceship Earth as its backdrop, the Daredevil Circus Spectacular brought an “international cast of spine-tingling acts” to Epcot for a 30-minute show.

Tightrope Walker at Epcot's Daredevil Circus Spectacular in 1987 Trapeze Troupe at Epcot's Daredevil Circus Spectacular in 1987

Known as a “cosmic thrill show, like no circus in the universe,” Daredevil Circus Spectacular included elephants, acrobats, motorcyclists, the Wheel of Destiny, a tightrope walker and a nine-member trapeze troupe. Maybe a little too “death-defying” for Circus Day on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” but non-stop, action packed fun at Epcot.

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Steven on October 3rd, 2013 at 9:13 am

I was at Epcot Center for this on my first trip to Disney World! Thanks for sharing, fond memories.

 

Nate Rasmussen on October 3rd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

You’re welcome! :)

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Matt on October 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I fondly remember this from my first visit :)

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Jessica from FL on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 pm

We have this on a home video from our many day trips when I was a toddler. I always wondered what was with the acrobats at Epcot. Now I know! Thanks!

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