The future began on October 1, 1982. When E.P.C.O.T. Center opened, Disney and the world did not know what to expect. It was a far cry from the original Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow proposed by Walt Disney himself close to two decades earlier. Instead it was dubbed as a permanent World's Fair. It was a blending of cultures in World Showcase and a blending of ideas in Future World.

Early guests appreciated this blending of technology, culture, innovation and community but over the years the attitudes changed. The park was deemed too educational by its detractors. A variety of proposals to change the park were underway but they all shared was the common thread that Epcot needed thrill rides. From 1999-2006 Epcot saw classic attractions replaced by three innovative thrill rides: Test Track, Mission: SPACE and Soarin'.

As guest perspective changes in the future the park is well equipped to adapt further down the road. While new attractions are certainly in the pipeline the recent focus has been on a revitalization of the countless dining establishments in World Showcase that Epcot is best known for.

A favorite to many, Epcot exists as an integral part to the Walt Disney World Resort.


Disney Description


To all who come to this Place of Joy, Hope and Friendship


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.

E. Cardon Walker
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Walt Disney Productions
October 24, 1982


Historical Notes

Estimated attendance through the years courtesy of Themed Entertainment Association TEA-ERA/AECOM.

Year Attendance % Change Global Rank
2016 11,712,000 -0.7% 6
2015 11,798,000 3.0% 6
2014 11,454,000 2.0% 6
2013 11,229,000 1.5% 5
2012 11,063,000 2.2% 6
2011 10,825,000 0.0% 6
2010 10,825,000 -1.5% 5
2009 10,990,000 0.5% 6
2008 10,935,000 0.0% 6
2007 10,930,000 4.5% 6
2006 10,460,000 5.7% 6

Extinct Attractions

Extinct Entertainment

Extinct Events

Extinct Meet and Greets

Extinct Restaurants


Significant Personnel

  • Vice President: Melissa Valiquette (July 2015 - Current)
  • Vice President (Former): Sam Lau (April 2014 - July 2015)
  • Vice President (Former): Erin Youngs (Through April 2014) - Erin.Youngs@disney.com
  • Vice President (Former): Rilous Carter
  • Vice President (Former): Dan Cockerell
  • Imagineering Creative Lead for Epcot: Tom Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, Senior Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering (April 2014 - Present)
  • Imagineering Creative Lead for Epcot (Former): Kathy Mangum, Producer at Walt Disney Imagineering (July 2013 - April 2014)
  • Imagineering Creative Lead for Epcot (Former): Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering (through July 2013)