Epcot®, at Walt Disney World® Resort, turns 35 this year! (Where did the time go?) It’s a big milestone, so we thought it would be fun to share a few behind-the-scene facts about this unique Theme Park, which opened on October 1, 1982. Now, the next time you visit, you can impress your family and friends with your inside knowledge!
1. Making the Future Bright Takes Time
With Epcot®, Walt Disney Imagineers wanted to create a Theme Park that embodied Walt Disney’s belief that science and technology would make the future brighter. It took 19 major revisions to capture that vision.
2. Acres of Discoveries
The 305-acre Park is divided into two major sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World in Epcot® focuses on technology and innovations. World Showcase celebrates Walt’s belief that the more people know about each other, the more connected they will feel.
3. Bringing History to Life
American Adventure, the host nation of World Showcase, features a multi-media theatrical journey through key historical moments utilizing audio-animatronic® figures and a 28-feet-tall by 155-feet-wide projection screen—the largest ever built.
4. Making a Modern Icon
Spaceship Earth at Epcot®, which houses an attraction showing the history of human communication, is 180 feet tall and covered with 11,324 individual custom-fitted alucobond tiles. The network of hidden interior backstage corridors is so complex, maintenance workers sometimes draw pencil lines on the walls to find their way back from where they came.
5. Ocean Adventure
The Living Seas at Epcot® debuted in 1986 featuring a 5.7 million gallon aquarium that is home to over 2,000 sea creatures and 65 different aquatic species. Guests can talk directly to one of them in “Turtle Talk with Crush,” an interactive live chat that debuted in 2004 featuring the little surfer dude from Disney•Pixar’s hit film, Finding Nemo.