EPCOT Center, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened October 1, 1982, exactly 11 years after it's predecessor on the Walt Disney World property, the Magic Kingdom. Originally a concept of Walt Disney himself, EPCOT was to be a city where people worked and lived using the latest technologies for both work and play. EPCOT Center was divided into two distinctly different areas; In Future World guests could experience attractions that were both fun as well as educational. This dichotomy became known as "Edutainment" in the business. In the World Showcase, guests could visit 11 Countries in one park, taking in everything from shows to shopping to the Country's fine cuisine.
On October 24, 1982, EPCOT Center was officially dedicated by E. Cardon Walker with the following: "To all who come to this place of joy, hope, and friendship—welcome. EPCOT (Center) 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 in the world."
Since it's opening, EPCOT Center has seen it's fair share of changes, including a name change to simply "Epcot" in 1994. Click the links below to visit Extinct Epcot Future World and World Showcase and see just how much has changed since 1982! You can also click here to view a map that Walt Disney World put together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park!