Welcome back, one and all, to our 30 day countdown to Epcot’s 30th Anniversary. My co-host, Beth (Pursuing the Magic and The Magical Blogorail) and I are so appreciative of our authors, and all who stop in daily to get a dose of magical nostalgia! Today’s guest blogger, Estelle from This Happy Place Blog, will take us back to 1987; and a happy 5th birthday for this park!
In 1987, I was a darling 3-year old. Walt Disney World was celebrating its 15th birthday, and that second theme park called EPCOT Center was celebrating 5 years of operation.
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While it would be another 9 years before I stepped foot on Walt Disney World property at all, this span of years brought a good amount of change to Epcot, even while much would remain the same. Still searching for its true identity even then, Epcot has never stopped being an “experimental prototype.”
It seems the safaris at Animal Kingdom weren’t the only place to find real elephants in Walt Disney World’s vast history…
In this 25-minute program, Mickey Mouse served as the ringmaster of a thrill show full of stunts (motorcycles, trapezes, sway poles, oh my!), live music from The Future Corps., four huge elephants, and more. The Fountain of Nations transformed into a stage, as “space cycles” glided along wires run from the Communicore buildings to the center of Spaceship Earth. Also featured was a sky walker’s treacherous journey 180-feet above the Odyssey Lagoon on nothing but a steel wire.
|Fiesta Fun Center|
|Fiesta Fun Center|
If there weren’t pictures or videos of this spectacular, I would never believe it even existed. For further proof, here’s a video from the 1987 Merry Christmas Parade with a feature on the Daredevil Circus Spectacular.
1987 also marked the ending of Skyleidoscope, a daytime extravaganza of boats on the lagoon and high flying planes in the sky. The show had been around since 1985 and went through three incarnations, ending with a special Walt Disney World 15th anniversary show that included bright colors and dragon boats on the water.
We can’t thank Estelle for returning for another series!
Tomorrow, Heidi of Heidi’s Head gives us a review of 1988; including a listing of attractions that no longer grace the Epcot landscape…