More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Oct. 1, 2017

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Today, we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort – and all week, we’ve been sharing stories leading up to the occasion, including exclusive artwork, early looks at special items and a surprise from our video vault.

Our video featured the original “The Dream Called EPCOT” film and its look inside WED Enterprises during the “Imagineering” of EPCOT Center in the 1970s. It originally ran on a loop in the EPCOT Preview Center at Magic Kingdom Park as an introduction to a new kind of Disney theme park, showcasing exciting experiences in the park’s Future World and World Showcase areas.

Check Jennifer’s original story for more details and check back later for coverage of the day.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.


  • We went to Epcot in 1982 for the first time and we would like some of the memorabilia released, however last year when they released Magic Kingdom’s 35th anniversary merchandise in October, by the time we arrived in December it was mostly gone. I fear it will be the same this year. If it’s an anniversary the merchandise should be available throughout the whole anniversary year and not just the month it falls in.

  • The video made me so sad. Though World Showcase has survived, Future World has been mostly destroyed. Horizons, World of Motion, original Imagination. All gone. I guess it’s the times that we don’t care about the past or what could be in the future. Watching the Future World section brought back this feeling, I’ve never had anywhere else except maybe the 1964 NY World’s Fair. Peace and wonder. In my 20s and 30s, I would spend most of my time in Future World. It was the first place I wanted to step foot when I arrived. And the wonderful theme songs for each of the pavilions. I remember walking around at night and the themes softly playing throughout. Future World is no longer about the future, optimism, imagination and opportunity, it’s about thrill rides.

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