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Take a trip back in time to see how Walt’s vision of a futuristic utopia became the Epcot we know today.
Walt dreamed of building the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT)—a living, breathing home to 20,000 permanent residents and a model for city planning.
Stroll through the pavilions of Future World while hearing the amazing story of the groundbreaking construction project that brought Epcot to life. Learn how each pavilion and the attractions within it are a testament to Walt’s accomplishments and challenges. And see how his legacy lives on in the design, technology and spirit of the park.
Also, go backstage for an exclusive look at areas usually off limits:
Plus, all tour participants will also receive a complimentary commemorative pin!
Please note: tour locations and experiences are subject to change without notice.
By the early 1960s, Walt Disney imagined an ideal future for his grandchildren. He wanted to create real communities—even whole cities—by applying what he had learned in creating Disneyland.
He decided to build something that was not a place to visit, but a place to live. And so he bought 27,500 acres of swampland in Florida to actualize “all the ideas and plans [he] could possibly imagine,” including his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).
Concept and Scope
Walt designed his futuristic city to be circular, with entertainment and commercial areas at its hub and community buildings and residential neighborhoods radiating outward. Automobile traffic would be kept underground, with only monorails, PeopleMovers and foot traffic above ground.
Opening in 1982, EPCOT Center was the largest construction project on Earth, costing between $800 million and $1.4 billion and taking 3 years to complete. At 300 acres, it is more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom park.
Sadly, Walt passed away in 1966, before Walt Disney World Resort was opened and before his dream of Epcot Center could be realized. His company determined that building and managing a city without him to guide the process was untenable. And so after his death, Epcot Center was transformed into a theme park—one which is never completed but always evolving, in keeping with Walt’s vision.
Epcot, as it would eventually be known, continues to celebrate the triumph of human achievement in the realms of technological innovation and world culture.
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