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Epcot - Place Of Joy, Hope, and Friendship

The Disney World Theme Park now known as Epcot was originally called EPCOT Center when it opened on October 24, 1982.

At that time EPCOT was an acronym that stood for Walt Disney's Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.

When you visit Epcot today, there is still a reminder of that opening day in 1982 you that you can see.  Located just outside of the main entrance is a small monument to commemorate the event. 

On the monument is a plaque with the following statement from E. Cardon "Card" Walker, who was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Of Walt Disney Productions at the time:


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.

A Different Kind Of Theme Park
From its inception Epcot was not your ordinary theme park.  Entertainment was only part of the goal of this park.  In addition to Walt Disney's vision of a prototype community, the design for Epcot drew heavily upon the concept of having a type of permanent World's Fair where ideas and international cultures could be presented and displayed.

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