EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982 as the single most expensive private construction project the world had ever seen. It was immediately viewed by Disney purists as a shadow of Walt Disney’s utopian dream to build a dynamic city of technology and innovation.
What was Epcot built for?
As Walt Disney initially imagined it, Epcot was to be a self-contained city that would incorporate the newest technologies. Following Disney’s death in 1966, however, plans for Epcot were scaled back considerably; it was built as a theme park instead, featuring futuristic rides and attractions.
Is Epcot worth?
As with all the Disney Parks, Epcot is worth a visit. My favorite experiences: Test Track; Illuminations; and Spaceship Earth. Take some time to properly visit each country’s pavilions in World Showcase. Each one is staffed by people native to that country, and the entertainment is also from that land.
How did Epcot choose countries?
The plan for World Showcase was presented in July 1975 in a ceremony at the Contemporary Resort. Disney invited dignitaries from Iran, New Zealand, Belgium, Venezuela, The United Kingdom, Romania, The Philippines, The USSR, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Germany, Denmark and Australia to listen to their concepts.
What is Epcot based on?
It is based on Walt Disney’s EPCOT concept, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a futuristic city envisioned to be built south of the Magic Kingdom as part of Walt’s plans for Disney World in the mid-1960s. EPCOT has two themed “lands”: Future World and World Showcase.