EPCOT to celebrate its 40th anniversary in October
The Walt Disney World Resort theme park opened on October 1, 1982.
On October 1, 1982, Walt Disney World Resort invited guests to imagine what life would be like in the 21st century with the opening of the EPCOT Center. This theme park, the first of its kind, focused on showcasing ideas and technologies the world had never seen before.
"May the EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire, and above all, instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere." – Official dedication, October 24, 1982.
President and CEO of Disney Card Walker continued the legacy of Walt Disney at the official opening of the park. A month-long celebration introduced the park's five Future World pavilions and nine World Showcase pavilions to visitors from around the world. The formal grand opening took place over three days, and the official opening of the theme park took place on October 24, 1982.
Now known as EPCOT, the park inspires curiosity, imagination and wonder through its international festivals, innovative attractions and cultural experiences.
Home to four unified neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery and World Showcase, the park continues to evolve with the largest transformation underway in its history. As Walt Disney once said, EPCOT "will always be in a state of transformation," and the park is poised to enter its next 40 years with firsts for guests to experience the magic of possibility.