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History of Epcot

Updated: 09 July 2013 04:54:18 AM

Imagined by Walt Disney himself, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow was designed to be a prototype city by example.

Unfortunately, Walt Disney passed away in 1966 and was unable to see his idea come to fruition.

However, the Disney Imagineers took his vision to heart and designed not a city, but another theme park to add to Walt Disney World that was a combination of Disney’s ideas of the future and technology.

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Future World & World Showcase

Two major parts of the park were designed, Future World, which was dedicated to cutting edge technology, and the World Showcase, which was designed to show the customs and cultures of other countries.

Epcot’s charm lies in the fact that it is a theme park tied with an educational experience that families, young, and old can enjoy either on their own or together.

The 305-acre theme park opened in 1982 and is the largest of all of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Originally conceived as a utopian city, Disney executives decided they were not able to run a city without the guidance and vision of Walt Disney himself.

It took three years and between 800 million and 1.4 billion dollars to build, and a mashed up concept between the future of technology and a model of the World’s Fair.

Now Future World is comprised of The Fountain of Nations, and ringed by Universe of Energy, Mission:Space, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, The Land and Imagination!

The World Showcase is an idealized view of 11 countries – Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, America, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico.

Each land and country boasts educational rides, shows and attractions.

The park has gone under renovations many times since the opening, but the iconic Spaceship Earth geosphere remains the symbol of the park.

The ride inside has been continually updated to stay current, and Epcot has also added some high-thrill rides like Test Track, Mission:Space and Soarin’ to stay relevant to younger generations.

Over 10 million visitors per year come to Epcot as part of a trip to Walt Disney World.

By Marie Ospina

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