EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982.
And today we’re celebrating all the magic and memories of the past 35 years!!!
“We’ve just begun to dream…”
At 10:00 am, the (HUGE!) crowd gathered at the Fountain Stage to celebrate.
Musicians, speakers, and many of our favorite Disney pals joined in to honor Epcot.
Nearly 100 Epcot original Cast Members from Opening Day in 1982 were recognized. Cast Members also carried signs representing the Future World and World Showcase locations we have grown to love throughout the years.
We were reminded that Epcot is the place where “real meets fantastic,” with a focus on Imagination, Innovation, Fun, FOOD , and Family. And that Epcot represents the belief in the good of all people, inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision.
But the celebration recognized not only the past and present. The “Epcot Renaissance” has already begun with the updated Mission: SPACE attraction.
And it will continue with the upcoming Space restaurant, and the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attractions arriving in the coming years.
So we say it again… Happy Anniversary, Epcot!
Celebrating Around the Park
Of course, no celebration is complete without food and drinks, so we raised everything from glasses…
… to mugs!
Yes! Fountain View — Epcot’s Starbucks location — now has an Epcot 35 “You Are Here” mug to mark the special occasion!
Fountain View is also where you’ll find one of THREE Specialty Cupcakes that are available starting TODAY. The highest in demand is the Spaceship Earth Cupcake at Fountain View. While these will be available again in coming days, they sold out for the day within just a couple of hours on the Anniversary!
This yellow cupcake has a strawberry pastry cream filling. The Spaceship Earth portion is a dome of cake covered in silver fondant.
Sunshine Seasons is serving the Flower Pot Cupcake, as is fitting for its home in The Land Pavilion.
This one is filled with a peanut butter and jelly filling.
And in World Showcase, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe features the Viking Cupcake for the Norway Pavilion.
The vanilla cupcake with cream filling is topped with blue and white buttercream and red sprinkles to represent the Norwegian flag.
And mini pastry cones represent Viking horns!
We found ours — filled with Blanc de Bleu — at Farm Fresh. These glasses, however, are one-day only, first-come, first-served items.
Now, don’t worry if you aren’t in Epcot to be able to snag the “I Was There” merchandise for the official Anniversary.
All sorts of shirts, hats, ornaments, and more will help us all party like it’s 1982 for some time to come!
Let’s say it once more! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, EPCOT!!!
Here’s to many more magical years!
What’s YOUR favorite Epcot memory? Celebrate with us by leaving a comment below!