Welcome back to 30 Days to 30 Years! Continue our stroll down memory lane as Diane from CanDoItMom helps us countdown to Epcot’s 30th Anniversary by remembering the year 1996.
To all who come to this place of joy, hope and
friendship—welcome. EPCOT 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.—E. Cardon Walker, ~ Disney’s Chairman and CEO ~ March 1, 1982
Even though not to much happened in this year one big thing did at Universe of Energy! In 1996 the Facade at Universe of Energy was updated to feature a brighter rainbow palette.
Also in 1996, The Universe of Energy was changed to Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
It deals with energy, how energy is produced, the history of energy
production, and the search for new energy resources. In particular it
focuses on the origins of fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and natural gas. It also mentions solar and hydroelectric power. It is now also the longest-running show of the ride to date.Epcot continues to be one of my favorite places to visit, I could walk around for hours just looking at everything. I always ride Spaceship Earth and love the new interactive screens in each car. The pictures are hilarious at the end. Another favorite of mine is Figment, I love how funny and adorable he is and usually buy something Figment when I’m done with his attraction. One of the most enjoyable things for me is walking around World Showcase and getting to know a little about each country and their culture. Since, 1996 was not a big year for goings on at Epcot, I have included some interesting Tid-bits from Walt about his dream of Epcot. 😉
California, he thought about building an International Street. That idea
grew to become the concept behind the World Showcase area in Epcot
theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida.In the film, The “Florida Project” an ebullient Walt explains the
concept of Epcot—a full-scale city of the future where people would
live, work, and play in comfort. An international shopping district
would re-create scenes from around the world, and American industry
would have a showcase for the latest technologies.Walt was interested what we could do today and tomorrow, not yesterday.
“EPCOT” rapidly became one of Walt’s favorite words—and the most
prominent project for his company. It was an acronym he and the
Imagineers coined from the phrase “Experimental Prototype Community of
Tomorrow” as they worked on their city of the future. Walt was eager to
show it to the public, but when he took part in a November 15, 1965
press conference to announce Walt Disney World, Epcot wasn’t
mentioned—though it was very much on his mind.
Thanks For Joining me today and Happy Anniversary to Epcot, it’s been an amazing 30 Years!!
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Photos and Facts Courtesy of D23!!!
You are pretty amazing too Diane!! Thank you D23 (The Official Disney Fan Club) for these incredible early photos of Spaceship Earth.
1997 was the beginning of an era for one of Epcot’s best-loved acts; Amy (Growing Up Disney), will reveal all tomorrow…