From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeremy Schoolfield
It’s a big day for Epcot! On the anniversary of its grand opening in 1982, the park unveils two new experiences that celebrate its past, present and bright future.
Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience opens with the park this morning in the Odyssey Events Pavilion (located between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion). This engaging and immersive new space is the first in-depth look at the historic transformation underway across the park. The Epcot Experience blends cutting-edge technology and fun, personal moments to create an environment that honors everything you love about the park.
Inside, you’re surrounded by a seamless, 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling screen showing a continuous 12-minute film with vignettes about new experiences coming to the park. All the while, a three-dimensional artfully designed model in the center of the room appears to change in time with the film, as projection-mapping technology highlights different areas of the park in special ways.
The Epcot Experience also features new dimensional photo locations – including a scene where it looks like you’re standing atop the Spaceship Earth geosphere – historical artifacts on display, and attraction posters from throughout the park’s history. This place is a must-see!
But wait … there’s more! Tonight marks the debut of “Epcot Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular that will brighten the skies above World Showcase Lagoon. This new show is a scintillating collection of soaring fireworks, lasers, and colorful glowing kites that dance through the sky above the water.
The Epcot story plays out to a grand orchestral soundtrack, with noted conductor and composer Don Harper producing new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes threaded throughout the show. It features stirring renditions of music from the park’s history that are sure to stoke some fond memories, such as “One Little Spark” and the theme from the “Tapestry of Nations” parade.
Check back to Disney Parks Blog tonight at 8:50 p.m. EDT for a special live stream of “Epcot Forever.” The new show is set to perform into 2020, leading to the park’s next nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS.”
This is an amazing time to visit Epcot, with these new experiences debuting today and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival already underway this fall – there’s even a new line of Epcot merchandise featuring the park’s new logo you can pick up starting today. I hope to see you out in the park real soon