On October 1, 1982, the 21st Century came to life when Walt Disney World Resort welcomed guests to EPCOT Center.
Opening Day involved honoring the first official family to EPCOT Center and the official dedication ceremony for Spaceship Earth.
Plans to move forward with Walt Disney’s vision for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) were first announced in 1974 by Card Walker (pictured above on opening day), then president of Walt Disney Productions. EPCOT Center was one of Walt Disney’s original ideas for the “Florida Project.”
Thirty years later, Epcot still stays true to the words inscribed on its dedication plaque, “May Epcot Center entertain, inform, and inspire.”
For more of the “Vintage Epcot” series, check out the posts below: