Happy 35th Birthday EPCOT Center. I’m not a eloquent writer, so I’ll keep this short.
As a child, I remember being in awe of that park. The focus on technology, learning, and imagination. Future World and CommuniCore were both educational and fun. The fiber-optic lights embedded in the concrete that twinkled at night. I remember loving Figment and the ride Horizons. Spaceship Earth, when lit up at night, may be the most beautiful icon in all of the Disney parks around the world.
As an adult, I now appreciate the cultural diversity of World Showcase. And of course my favorite part of World Showcase: the model train set in Germany. The walk around World Showcase is beautiful and only more beautiful during the flower and garden festival.
The power, beauty, and message of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth brings me to tears.
Over the years, it’s lost some of its core attractions and some of it’s “hear and soul”. But, it has gained new attractions like Test Track and Soarin’ that make the park more thrilling. While some may be gone, it still retains it’s beauty.
EPCOT is what really sparked my love for Walt Disney World. I look forward to going back to it whenever I can.
Perhaps the word of “We Go On” sum it up best:
“We can see a new horizon built on all that we have done, and our dreams begin another thousand circles ’round the sun. We go on to the joy and through the tears. We go on to discover new frontiers. Moving on with the current of the years. We go on moving forward, now as one. Moving on with a spirit born to run. Ever on with each rising sun. To a new day… we go on.”
Happy Birthday EPCOT Center. Here’s to 100 more! See you in a few years old friend.
“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.”
— E. Cardon Walker, October 24, 1982