On Sunday October 1, 2017, the Epcot 35th Anniversary celebration took place at the Walt Disney World theme park. If October 1st seems like a familiar anniversary date, it may be because that is also the date Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. So while Epcot was turning 35, the Magic Kingdom was also turning 46. Although, The Magic Kingdom certainly received the short end of the stick because 46 is just as nifty a number. In 4 years, when the Magic Kingdom turns 50, we should have something incredible to talk about.
At 10:01 am (yeah, not 10 but 10:01) a special celebration was held at the Fountain View Stage. It began with Mariachi Cobre from the Mexico Pavilion and ended with a gorgeous new medley of vintage Epcot songs from the A Capella group, Voices Of Liberty.
It was amazing to think that Epcot, no longer Epcot Center, has been around for 35 years and it was amazing to be there for the celebration. While part of me, hangs on to those early days of Horizons, Universe of Energy and World of Motion, I really look forward to what is to come.
We know that Ratatouille is going into the France Pavilion in World Showcase and a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will be going into Future World. Popular rumor also has something big in store for Journey into Imagination, and we do know from D23 that the whole Epcot entrance is undergoing a big change. As George Kalogridis, President of the Walt Disney World Resort said yesterday, Epcot is in for a Renaissance – albeit perhaps slightly after they are done with the bulk of Disney’s Hollywood Studios enhancements. Either way, the future is bright and we are all still Tomorrow’s Child!
Curious to see how the Epcot 35th anniversary celebration compared with the D23 Event for Epcot’s 30th anniversary? Click here for George Gensler’s recap of the D23 Epcot 30th anniversary event. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Instagram, Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.