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Happy Birthday EPCOT! Special Happenings to Celebrate October 1

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Opening day was October 1, 2981. On October 1, 2017, EPCOT will be celebrating 35 years! 

Epcot Anniversary Celebration

EPCOT is the second of the four parks built at Walt Disney World® Resort. It consists of 300 acres and is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. The acronym stands for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”. It is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, technological innovation and international culture. Many people think of EPCOT as a permanent World’s Fair.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Here are a few things you can expect on October 1:

Special Merchandise

There will be seven special exclusive “I Was There” items to celebrate 35 years of EPCOT that will only be available on October 1. Apparel, hats, ornaments and a limited release pin that tells the world you “were there” will be available. Annual Passholders will be able to buy a special event shirt. These special items available for only one day can be purchased at a specially located pop-up near the Art of Disney in Future World. You will only be able to purchase “I Was There” merchandise on October 1 in EPCOT and while supplies last.

There will be other merchandise celebrating 35 years of EPCOT located throughout the park and on-line.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Commemorative Map

The Disney Parks Blog announced there will be a Commemorative Guide Map and Times Guide available on October 1. The Map and Guide will be be available at the park’s Main Entrance, at International Gateway and Guest Relations.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Special Celebration

At 10:01 a.m. on October 1, a special celebration featuring the Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre will perform at the Fountain View Stage.

Special Anniversary Illuminations

At 9 p.m. on October 1, a special anniversary edition of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, will light up the sky!

With the birthday celebration over the weekend added to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival – EPCOT will definitely will a happy place to visit!

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