From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Guest Blog
From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Laurel Slater
Today, I’m so happy to tell you all that Leave A Legacy is returning to EPCOT! I’ve always been a super-fan of it, not just because I had a photo in it but because of the memories behind that photo. There’s quite a story here, and I’ll explain if you’ll indulge me for a moment.
Turning back the clock to 2000, I participated in a trivia contest for Walt Disney World cast members in honor of the new millennium. I’ve always had a knack for trivia and was quite happy to land a second-place score. As runner-up (after several tie-breaking questions, no less), the winner of the contest invited me to join him in commemorating our wins with a day at EPCOT the following week where he would redeem his first place prize – a picture in the Leave A Legacy display! He wanted me to be in it with him because it was such a great memory and, he figured, the start of a good friendship with a fellow trivia lover.
Well, that day at EPCOT with fellow Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater turned into our first date and, as they say, the rest is history. We’ve been married nearly 20 years and always loved visiting Leave a Legacy at the front of the park whenever we went to EPCOT.
Shifting gears back to the present, with the transformation of the EPCOT main entrance area, the original Legacy sculpture has been removed, but Leave A Legacy lives on in a beautiful new setting just outside the park. Shawn and I were thrilled to get a look at its new home this morning before the park opened and were even more excited to find the picture from our first date. Seeing Leave a Legacy again at EPCOT was incredibly special, and we’re so glad it’s part of the updated main entrance area – in a bright new color, too!
These newly designed panels are the first of many that will be installed outside the EPCOT touch points, featuring vibrant hues from the park’s new color palette. Along with the fresh look for Leave A Legacy, the beautiful fountain and gleaming pylons further illustrate the park’s transformation and the magic of possibility.
For anyone else who wants to search for a tile at the new location, guests can use their smart device to scan the QR code at the Leave a Legacy display. This opens up the tile finder search feature, which can provide the coordinates for a tile’s location. Guests can also visit the EPCOT guest Relations team for assistance.
Just as Shawn and I cherished visiting the original Leave a Legacy displays with our sons, these new panels will continue to celebrate the spirit of optimism. We go on!