About

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

Epcot

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.

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

 

Historical Notes

Estimated attendance courtesy of Themed Entertainment Association TEA-ERA/AECOM for 2006-Present. Prior years courtesy of WDWMagic.com user donsullivan.

Year Attendance % Change Global Rank
2017 12,200,000 4.2% 7
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
Pre 2005 data courtesy of WDWMagic.com user donsullivan
Year Attendance % Change Walt Disney World Rank
2005 9,900,000 5.3% 2
2004 9,400,000 9.3% 2
2003 8,600,000 3.9% 2
2002 8,280,000 -8.0% 2
2001 9,000,000 -15.1% 2
2000 10,600,000 5.0% 2
1999 10,100,000 -4.7% 2
1998 10,596,750 -10.2% 2
1997 11,800,000 5.4% 2
1996 11,200,000 4.7% 2
1995 10,700,000 10.3% 2
1994 9,700,000 2.1% 2
1993 9,500,000 -5.0% 2
1992 10,000,000 -3.6% 2
1991 10,372,619 1.0% 2
1990 10,273,810 -18.9% 2
1989 12,675,000 0.8% 2
1988 12,576,190 -5.3% 2
1987 13,277,381 19.8% 2
1986 11,078,571 27.6% 2
1985 8,679,762 -10.3% 2
1984 9,680,952 1.0% 2
1983 9,582,143 209.1% 2
1982 3,100,000 - 2

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