EPCOT dedication - October 24, 1982 read by
To all who come to this Place of Joy, Hope and Friendship,
Welcome. EPCOT is inspired by Walt Disney's creative vision. Here,
human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of
enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting
benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire
and, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in
man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.
EPCOT or as Walt Disney originally called it , the Experimental
Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt's original dream for EPCOT
was a city where guests would be able to live, work, and play. It
was supposed to be the city of tomorrow and a showcase of American
ingenuity. In his last film, which was taped October 27, 1966 and
titled the "Florida Film", he went into detail about the
entire Florida Project and EPCOT in some great detail. The themepark
that the Walt Disney Company built and opened on October 1, 1982
was much different. The park was more of a permanent World's Fair.
It had pavilions from corporations and nations. Later in the late
1990s the Walt Disney Company opened a planned City called Celebration.
They ran it for several years and eventually sold it off in the
EPCOT (originally called EPCOT Center) was the second Disney themepark
to open on the Florida property. It isroughly twice the size of
the Magic Kingdom. The monorail system was extended to connect the
two parks. EPCOT consisted of two halves(think of an hourglass with
the top being North and the Bottom being South). The North being
Future World. Future World is were corporations sponsored an attraction
based more on science, whether it be transportation, imagination,
cultivation, etc.. The South half of the park is called World Showcase.
Here nations sponsor an area on their country. The park originally
opened with nine (Canada, United Kingdom, France, Japan, U.S.A.,
Italy, Germany, China, and Mexico). Morocco opened a few years later
and Norway a few years after that.