HAPPY 35th ANNIVERSARY, EPCOT!!!

EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. 

Epcot 35

Epcot 35

And today we’re celebrating all the magic and memories of the past 35 years!!!

Celebrating Epcot's 35th Anniversary!

Celebrating Epcot’s 35th Anniversary!

“We’ve just begun to dream…”

At 10:00 am, the (HUGE!) crowd gathered at the Fountain Stage to celebrate.

Crowd Gathering

Crowd Gathering

Musicians, speakers, and many of our favorite Disney pals joined in to honor Epcot.

Mariachi de Cobre

Mariachi Cobre

Mariachi de Cobre

Mariachi Cobre

Voices of Liberty

Voices of Liberty

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Epcot 35

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.

Epcot Cast Members

Epcot Cast Members

Epcot Cast Members

Epcot Cast Members

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.

Vice President of Epcot

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But the celebration recognized not only the past and present. The “Epcot Renaissance” has already begun with the updated Mission: SPACE attraction.

Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE with new EARTH Mission

And it will continue with the upcoming Space restaurant, and the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attractions arriving in the coming years.

Concept Art for the future France Pavilion

Concept Art for the future France Pavilion

France

France

So we say it again… Happy Anniversary, Epcot!

Epcot 35

Epcot 35

Celebrating Around the Park

Of course, no celebration is complete without food and drinks, so we raised everything from glasses…

Epcot 35 Commemorative Glass

Epcot 35 Commemorative Glass

… to mugs!

Epcot 35 Anniversary Starbucks Mug

Epcot 35 Anniversary Starbucks Mug

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!

Epcot 35th anniversary cupcake

Epcot 35th anniversary cupcake

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.

Flower Pot Cupcake

Flower Pot Cupcake

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.

Viking Cupcake

Viking Cupcake

The vanilla cupcake with cream filling is topped with blue and white buttercream and red sprinkles to represent the Norwegian flag.

Viking Cupcake

Viking Cupcake

And mini pastry cones represent Viking horns!

Viking Cupcake

Viking Cupcake

Guests enjoying the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival had a chance to toast the day with sparkling drinks in Commemorative Epcot 35 Glasses at Marketplace Booths around the park.

Epcot 35 Commemorative Glass

Epcot 35 Commemorative Glass

We found ours — filled with Blanc de Bleu — at Farm Fresh. These glasses, however, are one-day only, first-come, first-served items.

And finally, the L’Orange Cotton Candy at Craft Beers in the Epcot Legacy Showplace is emblazoned with the Epcot 35 logo.

L'Orange Cotton Candy

L’Orange Cotton Candy

L'Orange Cotton Candy

L’Orange Cotton Candy

Merchandise

Now, don’t worry if you aren’t in Epcot to be able to snag the “I Was There” merchandise for the official Anniversary.

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

All sorts of shirts, hats, ornaments, and more will help us all party like it’s 1982 for some time to come!

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Epcot 35 Merchandise

Let’s say it once more! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, EPCOT!!!

Epcot 35

Epcot 35

Here’s to many more magical years!

What’s YOUR favorite Epcot memory? Celebrate with us by leaving a comment below!

Comments

  1. Mary says

    The first (of three) times I saw Tapestry of Nations, a performance which was very sparsely attended and therefore all-the-more special, was absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen such a moving spectacle at Disney, or anywhere else, for that matter. Bring it back!

  2. Drew Thomas says

    Does anybody have a picture of the barcode on the pavilion logo mug? I’m trying to get the Shop Disney Parks app to let me buy it but it’s not listed yet. I think scanning the barcode will get it to recognize the product for me. Thanks in advance.

  3. Fernanda Lima says

    Have to agree with Mary – Tapestry of Nations! I was like 11 at that time and I actually won a trip to Disney World and was able to take my mom with me for a free 1-week trip and all the celebration related to the new millenium was so so pretty! <3
    congrats, Epcot!!!

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