Happy 30th anniversary, Epcot!
The second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort officially marks its 30th anniversary today. Guests began celebrating at the park over the weekend, with D23 members attending a special Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration at World Showplace that featured special presentations by Disney Legends and Imagineers.
Guests visiting the park today will receive a commemorative button and a 30th anniversary theme park map, the latter of which our partners at the park were kind enough to give to us to share with all of you! The document looks back at how the Epcot guide map has changed as the park evolved over the years.
The fun will continue this afternoon with Epcot history presentations in World Showplace courtesy of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. These presentations are included in park admission and are limited in seating.
- 1-2 p.m. – Designing the Future – Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow!
- 4:30–6 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
- 6:30–8 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
Today there will also be an anniversary moment at the America Gardens Theatre at 3 p.m., which will feature Disney leaders and performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty. (Seating is limited). Tonight’s presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will also feature a special 30th anniversary tag.
If you’re at home celebrating in spirit today, be sure to check out this video, in which D23’s Steven Clark and Disney Legends Bill “Sully” Sullivan, Bob Matheison and Charlie Ridgway take a look back at the history of the park.