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Vote of the week: Epcot turns 30 - but is the park better than ever?

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Published: September 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM
Walt Disney World's Epcot celebrates its 30th birthday on October 1, which pretty much demands a look back at the park's history.

Spaceship Earth

Epcot was Disney's third theme park, and the first not to follow the "Magic Kingdom" template. A sort of permanent world's fair, with one half devoted to corporate-sponsored technology exhibits and the other half a showcase of world nations, Epcot was and remains the world's most "non-fiction" theme park. It also lacks roller coasters and many other carnival ride staples found in most theme parks, further distinguishing the park.

But what most makes Epcot unique, I think, is the fact that a case can be made that the park was better when it opened 30 years ago than it is today. Here's the opening-day line-up of pavilions:

Future World

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Universe of Energy
  • World of Motion
  • Journey Into Imagination (Magic Journeys only - the ride would debut the next year)
  • The Land (Living with the Land, Kitchen Kabaret)
  • CommuniCore

World Showcase

  • Mexico
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The American Adventure
  • Japan
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

And here's what we have today:

Future World

  • Spaceship Earth (current version debuted in 2008)
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure (replaced original Universe of Energy show in 1996)
  • Mission: Space (replaced Horizons, which debuted in 1983 and closed in 1999)
  • Journey Into Your Imagination with Figment (replaced Journey Into Your Imagination in 2002, which replaced the original ride in 1998. Captain EO now plays replaced Honey, I Shrunk the Audience in 2010, which opened in 1994. Magic Journeys moved to the Magic Kingdom in 1986 to make way for the original installation of Captain EO.)
  • The Land (The tour guides are gone from the boats, and Soarin' replaced Food Rocks, which replaced Kitchen Kabaret.)
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends (overlay on The Living Seas pavilion, which opened in 1986)
  • Innoventions (replaced CommuniCore in 1994)
  • *Test Track is currently down for major refurbishment. In 1999, it replaced World of Motion, which closed in 1996.
  • *Wonders of Life opened in 1989 and closed in 2007.

World Showcase

  • Mexico (Gran Fiesta Tour replaced El Rio Del Tiempo in 2007)
  • Norway (opened in 1988)
  • China (Reflections of China replaced Wonders of China in 2003)
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The American Adventure
  • Japan
  • Morocco (opened in 1984)
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada (new version of O Canada! opened in 2007)

Personally, I think Epcot hit its peak after the opening of the original (and all-time best version of) IllumiNations in 1988 and Wonders of Life in 1989. (I'm also partial to 1989 because that's when my then-future wife played in the Disney All-American College Orchestra. I also miss the early-morning rush to make restaurant reservations for the day by speaking with a Disney host via closed-circuit TV. Hey, for most of us, that was the first time in our lives and the only place in the world to experience video chat.)

More than any other park, Epcot suffered in Disney's late-1990s scorched-Earth management, which eliminated leads, closed locations or replaced them with cheaper alternates, and dismissed entertainment extras throughout the resort (including the college orchestra). And then there was the wand, the visual abomination that lorded over Spaceship Earth from 1999 - 2007, to be followed by the funeral Leave a Legacy that today clutters the park's once handsome entry plaza.

We've dissected Epcot's current condition before. Now, for our vote of the week, please tell us when you think Epcot was at its best, or if you think the park's at its best today.


As always, thank you for reading Theme Park Insider, and for supporting the site with every "like" and "share" and retweet. And let's not forget this, too: Happy Birthday, Epcot.

Readers' Opinions

From Dominick D on September 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM
The time period when I wasn't around: Late 80s/Early 90s. Happy birthday Epcot!
From 97.97.33.133 on September 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM
It would be nice to add a new country or two. And leave furture world alone for now and work on the back half of the park. I would like to see the second floor of imagination reopen.
From TH Creative on September 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM
No mention of food and wine or the flower show. No mention of name entertainment. No mention of the atmosphere entertainment.

Hmmmm.

From M. Ryan Traylor on September 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM
AND you can drink around the world!!!!!!
From Brandon Townsend on September 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM
Wow. Another lambasting of one of the Florida parks. What a surprise. My kids and I have been to all six stateside Disney parks and Epcot is still everyone's favorite.

Happy birthday, Epcot. My present for you will be a little late as I am 'doing Disney' the week of the 8th-12th of October. But it'll be the same present as always; the contents of my wallet, 401K, Swiss bank account, and my first and second born.

From 74.82.64.144 on September 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM
Most def the late 80s and early 90s. The park had sooo much promise back then.... Have to put Illuminations in the factor :). I would also love to vote for who did the best narriation for Spaceship Earth.
From 166.147.104.18 on September 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM
After 16 years, EPCOT is always the first Disney park the kids want to go to. While it has been better, it is still great!
From 98.196.102.105 on September 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM
Although Epcot had to re-imagineer itself to get the turnstyles whirling I believe it is still a wonder-2-behold. True, I really miss Horizons, and it is very sad to see the "health" pavillion just sit there, usually not even listed on the maps, but a lot of new and innovative attractions have been born...and is that not the nature of Epcot and Disney anyway. The new figment attraction is actually even worse than the old one. I wish they would put a new Horizons attraction in that wasted space.

The food and drink is great at Epcot and although I miss Communicore, I like the new Innoventions. It is time for a new nighttime spectacular and they could enlarge several of the countries to have much more to do.

Norway's attraction was really a disappointment to me. I thought the tech was great but the ride lasted only a moment.
The CircleVISION show in China was superb, as was the preshow entertainment.
Yes, there is room to improve, but that is what makes it fun to keep coming back and seeing Disney shine...again and again. Gosh! I love that mouse.

From James Rao on September 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The best time for Epcot is.... any time I am there! Happy Birthday!
From 69.224.32.58 on September 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I haven't been to the park, but based on the park's history it seems like it peaked around 1999. Mission: Space is the only completely new, non-clone attraction that has opened since then, and from what I've heard it's an underwhelming attraction. The park still looks like fun and I'd spend a day there on a WDW vacation, but it seems like their offerings have become a bit stale lately.
From David Brown on September 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I'm afraid you've given me an impossible choice Robert as you are asking me to vote for what I know and love now against some nostalgic view of the past that I never knew. I have no idea if Epcot was 'better' in the past than it is now. All I know is that it's a great and unique park and that my wife and I love the contrast it brings. A day at Epcot is a respite from the frenetic pace of the other parks. It's a gentle stroll though the world showcase, the chance to dine around the world and an opportunity to simply chill out in a truly beautiful setting. Is that 'better' or 'worse' than it might have been 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? I don't know and I don't really care...
Should Disney spend more money on it and add attractions? That's a different matter - and yes they should. But 'better' or 'worse' has no meaning when I wasn't there to experience it. I just know it's 'great' now, and that's all that matters...
From O T on September 29, 2012 at 2:12 AM
I think that when it opened, and it had the original vision of what the imagineers wanted it to be, the park was what is should be. It was relevant. It was adult and it grow in the years after that. Until Disney fans ruined the experience. They wanted the characters, so Disney pushed in the characters.
As every park should, Epcot should also evolve. But because Disney lost the focus of what the park should be it became a monter of Frankenstein. It's a incohesive collection of different ideas and executions of that ideas and it's horrible. The almost constant flow of festivals is why it's as popular as it is, the attractions and the overal theme are an afterthought.
Look at how Epcot celebrates it 30th birthday, by mechendise. Because that's what Epcot has become. Even the food changed from close to authentic into a Americanized tast mesh up thats awefull. I stil remember the only place in Orlando to get good European style pasteries was at the France pavilion, now it's overly sweet American trash food.
Epcot got waisted by it's "fans" and it's going the same direction as Animal Kingdom. A wonderful Full day park to endlessly explore and enjoy the natural world but again it's killed by bored guests who want another Magic Kindom. So sad.
From 67.189.185.27 on September 29, 2012 at 5:15 AM
I agree with OT but have a few more points. I was sorry to see the magical experience of the restaurants ruined by the change to more Americanized food as well, but it was when they added children's menus, raised the lighting to accomodate the kids running around and rushed us through our meakls that things began to change. We liked the authentic food and slower, more European service. We also liked the chance to eat in a more adult setting. We can't even eat in Norway anymore because it is only a character setting. Also, each pavilion used to have very memorable music that kept you humming as you walked from one to the other. Now we've lost that. Last, it used to be fun searching for new, park specific merchandise. Everything is so generic today we don't bother. Most of what they offer we can find online. Bring back the appeal of the early park years and ADD more countries and rides to attract the younger generations. That was the point of having all of the land...
From Marie-Eve Landry on September 29, 2012 at 7:05 AM
Visited 2 times in 2011. I don't know what it looked like before but I really think that park is amazing and unique.

I guess Soarin' (which I think is already amazing) could be refurbished and become HD but that's the only thing I'd change.

To be honest, when I read about Epcot, I thought I'd be bored to death when visiting. Turned out to become one of my favorite in Disney World.

From Tim Hillman on September 29, 2012 at 7:28 AM
Wow! Despite the love that many profess for Epcot, we are debating the point that Epcot may have been better when it first opened or in the first few years of when it opened.

Can we have the same debate about any of the other top (Disney, Universal, Busch) theme parks in the US or the world?

I doubt it.

While some may take the position that Epcot was so good when it opened that it would be extremely difficult to improve, I beg to differ. Epcot was born of a flawed series of compromises, and it will continue to be the ugly stepsister of the Disney parks until a major redesign and a huge infusion of cash ($1-2 billion) fixes the problems.

Right now the attendance numbers have Epcot at 63-64% of the attendace of the Magic Kingdon with DHS and AK trailing slightly behind. Any improvements to DHS and AK (both parks which can be easily improved) will vault those parks above Epcot in attendance, and emphasize the fundamental flaws in Epcot.

Will Disney make major improvements to Epcot? Likely not. They will put their money in the parks where they can get the biggest bang for the buck and pull in the attendance, and as long as Epcot is trouncing the Universal parks in attendance, they will just keep putting patches on it.

From 98.17.119.32 on September 29, 2012 at 8:28 AM
It seems like this is sort of written like a backhanded compliment. When I first saw it I thought..... Wow, more hating on Epcot.... have'nt we already read this sorta.... but I guess this was an article about Epcot's anniversery..... somewhere in there that is mentioned......lol.

I still enjoy Epcot...... if for no other reason.... just to have a nice meal at one of the many food establishments that set a much higher bar than any other theme parks.

From Daniel Etcheberry on September 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Epcot was better in the past for the following reasons:

1) World of Motion and Horizons were in the spirit of what Epcot was all about. Those attractions closed to be replaced by thrill rides. The former rides made Epcot to be a unique park. The latter rides took away that uniqueness.

2) Spaceship Earth was better before those silly cartoons were included on the last part of the ride.

3) Eric Idle was very funny when he was part of the Monty Pythons, but he looks out of place in Journey Into Imagination. This ride had better days. Now, if they hire Terry Gilliam to design a ride called Journey into Monty Pythons' Imagination (based on his cartoons), then we have something.

4) Honey I Shrunk the Audience was better than the outdated Captain Eo.

5) The Nemo ride is a cheap substitute to the much better attraction that preceded this one.

6) The boat ride at the Mexican pavillion was more authentic with Rio del Tiempo; with the addition of Donald and friends it became a kiddie ride. I thought Epcot was for adults!

The Food and Wine Festival and Soaring are the only new additions that I like.

From Big Cohube on September 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM
In my opinion, EPCOT has had some very good additions in the past, (Soarin', the Norway pavilion, etc.) but, it needs some love. It's still a great park to visit, it just needs some help. I'm hoping the new Test Track will help the park.
From 172.223.195.163 on September 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Epcot was much better "back in the day"! My biggest gripe is the changes to "Spaceship Earth". Especially disheartening is the loss of Walter Conkrite's voiceover during the ride. And the music was the best! Just isn't the same and can't ride it anymore. And the other change are those horrific stone "gravemarkers" at the front of the park - talk about stupid ideas! But my favorite part of Epcot is and will always be France. I make it a point to see the gorgeous movie "Impressions de France" every single time I go - it has prompted me to travel to France three times and I would go back tomorrow if I could! Not to mention the fabulous desserts, champagne and the general "joie de vivre" of France! Viva la France!
From TH Creative on September 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM
How about this perspective:

I was at EPCOT Center on opening day.

Thirty years later I think it is a significantly better park than it was on opening day.

Thank you. Tip your waitresses. Drive home safely.

From Aaron McMahon on September 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but in the late 80's Epcot had at least FOUR omnimover attractions (not counting Imagination), I ride system that couldn't be more slow and passive.

I'm pretty nostalgic for the 80's Epcot but the park was a lot more boring before adding more alcohol and thrill rides.

Even thinking about Epcot as an educational park is disturbing since all the pavilions had corporate sponsors. Yes, Exxon sponsoring Universe of Energy?

It's not like Exxon was named in any bad news stories during the late 80s...

From 12.69.234.201 on September 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM
I've always thought a record setting roller coaster would fit in with Epcot , like the worlds fastest. It could even be mag Lev or something to make it more future tech to fit in with the theme. Just a thought but I know it'll have resistance as Disney rarely makes non immersive coasters...I believe actually that CA screamin is the only one! It would be good for Disney I believe as it would permanently end the misconception by so many people that Disney doesn't do thrill rides.
From Daniel Etcheberry on September 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM
The Seas with Nemo and Friends (sponsored by BP) ;^)

Exxon should sponsor Disaster at Universal.
From David Ackerman on September 30, 2012 at 5:56 AM
When the weekly e-mail showed up in my inbox with a subject of "When was Epcot at its best?", I immediately thought "On a cold, rainy day when everyone stayed home. No lines."

Then I read the longer version of the question...

Short answer: Before Disney figured out that the rubes would still pay, even if they did little to keep the park up, spent even less on holiday decorations, and cared more about what attractions they could close than they did on potential new attractions.

Does it bother anyone else that Disney is spending more money on renovating restaurants at Epcot that they do on renovating attractions?

From Pete Dowding on September 30, 2012 at 6:13 AM
I can only comment on the times I visited the park from 89 to 94 and haven't been back since due to living in the UK and not made of money! But I loved Epcot back then with the Jumping fountains and people that talk to you through the TV. When Jacko was at his height back then and EO although didn't look brilliant it had the ingrediants that made it good for the time, Jackson, Lucas, Coppola and Disney! Rides that at the time were innovative, like Horizons and World of motion. But with a park about the future it was always going to have problems keeping up. Which doesn't mean it can't it just has to re-think and maybe focus on an idolised future ie Jules Verne and not what the actual future will be as impossible and quickly outdated. As we know for example we can talk to people on our mobile phones now see the person we are talking to, but as I say that Disney got it right back then but as I said impossible to keep up with tech these days. The rides, countries were great back then but when I last went in 94 you could see then that this park was beginning to look out dated and not futuristic at all. The countries are still fantastic but need more investing in them too, with rides and food etc.
From 98.17.119.32 on September 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM
You have to admit though..... from a business point of view.....

What other theme park in the country has clients who are willing to pay $80 to get in, to then go to a food establishment inside of the theme park and pay $80 ish for a meal and consider that one of the biggest attractions?

From Russell Meyer on October 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM
EPCOT is easily my favorite Disney park. For me, it's the only park I could see myself spending 3-5 straight days in, even in the low seasons, and still not getting bored. I've been to the park over 2 dozen times, and I still don't think I've explored every single nook and cranny. Every time I go, I say to myself, "wow, I don't think I ever noticed that before" only to later find out that what I noticed was there when the park opened 30 years ago.

If there's anything that disppoints me about EPCOT, it would be the time it takes to revamp attractions. Most of the ride and attraction platforms in the park were designed to be easily update-able, and provide for easy tweaks to keep up with the times. In fact, Horizons, was so innovative, it was the first "choose your own adventure" attraction that has become of hallmark of any long-lasting ride (ToT, Star Tours, Haunted Mansion, etc...). However, even with that forward-thinking modular design, park management got lazy when it came to giving guests new and fresh experiences in the park. It took 15 years to get any of the World Showcase movies updated, and FutureWorld was quickly passed by the present in the 90's as attractions became stale faster than Apple updates the iPhone.

Today's EPCOT is not perfect, but it appears that Disney is trying a bit harder to stay ahead of the curve. A revitalized TestTrack should balance out the popularity of Soarin', which will hopefully get it's own non-California-based film, and Mission Space will also get an updated experience (something promised by Imagineers when the ride opened 9 years ago). I think everyone understands the difficulty in updating animatronic-based attractions, but when you're projecting images on screens, thee's no excuse for being behind the times.

Perhaps Disney has held a "if it's not broken, don't fix it" attutide towards EPCOT, since it still ranks as one of the most profitable Disney parks (between special events, dining experiences, and sponsorships, EPCOT probably rakes in the cash like no other park), but the attendance dip at the turn of the millennium made WDW understand that they can't just let the park stagnate and expect people to keep coming back.

Through the years, EPCOT has changed, but I think the essence of Walt's dream remains as a cross between World's Fair and international exchange. The park is not as dynamic as some would like, but it's still easily my favorite park to return to day after day.

From 63.95.36.13 on October 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Happy Birthday Epcot

I am a frequent visitor from London and have been returning every year for the last 20 years, without doubt EPCOT is the best park, Universal can learn from this, you dont need big brand names like transformers or marvel, what you do need is imagination and vision which Disney have in spades over universal. If i had to put it in a nutshell Disney is the Jules Verne to Universals Micheal Bay, one is a classic the other just another action movie. Im very happy that all the EPCOT fans have come out to support the park. A good face lift and nip and tuck would not go a miss and EPCOT will be as fresh and new as ever, Univerese of energy needs a update with film and new theme, Get rid of Captain NEO please, bring back orginal Figmant or at least give it a revamp, Bullet Train ride in Japan ( No coasters please ) . UK how about a London Eye. Canada Grizzley Rapids, China needs a new ride alond with Morroco, France. And the US Pavilion what a wasted oppertunity, THe US being pioneers of technology should have a much more grand expereince of the diverese cutlure and contribution to the world.

From 64.132.32.226 on October 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM
The Future World side of EPCOT was wonderful when the park opened. I still enjoy it a great deal now, but it is missing something.

When Future World opened, had attractions that talked about how great the future would be and the wonderful technology that would be available to us in the both the near and the distant future. This became even more true when Horizons opened, with its whole theme of "If We Can Dream It, We Can Do It".

Around 20 years ago, Disney made the decision to stop trying to predict the future with its attractions. The reason was logical enough, the tech predictions kept either coming true or becoming out dated. This meant that attractions based on showing the future had to be replaced or refurbished often (or at least more often than other non future predicting attractions), so it was deemed more cost efficient to go another direction. The result of this is that we no longer see attractions like Horizons or the old House of Future Living that was once located on the exit speed ramp in Space Mountain. This is also the reason the Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is themed to past visions of the future.

I understand that designing this sort of attraction would be much harder today. Besides the cost issues involved, we have become so jaded and accustomed to rapid progress that we are not an easy audience to wow. Sadly, we seem to have lost our sense of wonder where the future is concerned. But even knowing that, I wish Disney would try build such an attraction again. A sense of wonder for the future is a wonderful gift, and I believe Future World (and Tomorrowland for that matter) are less wonderful without an attraction that offers us that gift.


From Don Lancaster on October 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM
The Future World side of EPCOT was wonderful when the park opened. I still enjoy it a great deal now, but it is missing something.

When Future World opened, had attractions that talked about how great the future would be and the wonderful technology that would be available to us in the both the near and the distant future. This became even more true when Horizons opened, with its whole theme of "If We Can Dream It, We Can Do It".

Around 20 years ago, Disney made the decision to stop trying to predict the future with its attractions. The reason was logical enough, the tech predictions kept either coming true or becoming out dated. This meant that attractions based on showing the future had to be replaced or refurbished often (or at least more often than other non future predicting attractions), so it was deemed more cost efficient to go another direction. The result of this is that we no longer see attractions like Horizons or the old House of Future Living that was once located on the exit speed ramp in Space Mountain. This is also the reason the Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is themed to past visions of the future.

I understand that designing this sort of attraction would be much harder today. Besides the cost issues involved, we have become so jaded and accustomed to rapid progress that we are not an easy audience to wow. Sadly, we seem to have lost our sense of wonder where the future is concerned. But even knowing that, I wish Disney would try build such an attraction again. A sense of wonder for the future is a wonderful gift, and I believe Future World (and Tomorrowland for that matter) are less wonderful without an attraction that offers us that gift.

From 204.52.244.191 on October 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM
I think EPCOT is a great park but as like the comments above say, probably needs some updating. As a science type person, I want to experience tech that you can't see anywhere else. I saw my first 3D movie a long time ago there and was amazed. What is next? Bring back the Experimental in Epcot!
Sure it's tough to be cutting edge all the time, but that is what I feel Epcot is or should be about.

It's great to have a park that is not just rides and people running around like mad, a place you actually learn something while having fun is great.

I like the world showcase, but having gone to a lot of the countries feel it could be more of an experience and not just shops and restaurants. I really want to feel and learn about a culture that I would never be able to experience.

Epcot is still great and probably pretty unique in the whole world. Is it better now or then, probably now with all the new rides, but then because it was new. Tough one!

From 81.70.136.4 on October 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Dear 63.95.36.13 person. Comparing Epcot to Universal is strange. They are completely different in concept. That said Disney is pushing more and more movie related franchises into Epcot that it originally had and it's frustrating. The Seas didn't had Nemo, The Land didn't had the Lion King, World of Energy didn't had Ellen of Bill and the countries didn't had the Disney movies character ruining the countries or the wonderful Norway buffet restaurant.

Yes, Disney doesn't need that, they had imagineers that were able to create new characters for those attractions, they did amazing, but now they have left the company. But the "Disney fans" demand them and the sales peeps want to print them on the "souvenirs" that aren't park specific anymore.

From Anon Mouse on October 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM
EPCOT's additions appear to be mere updates. They don't seem to be their best effort. I know Walt's view is the parks are never done; however, they seems to have advanced the notion that even new rides are never done. They are all works in progress... half baked duds. They seems to lack a little something to bring them over the top.

My first visit to EPCOT was amazing. I absolutely loved it. Then they removed Horizons and redid Imagination with inferior replacements. I never felt Test Track could have been their best effort. Subsequent newer additions at Tokyo and California Adventurer proved that to be true.

EPCOT is sadly declining.

From Rob Pastor on October 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Mice Age Yesterworld has an interesting article on Epcot. Basically, it rebukes the internet myths that the World Showcase pavilions were paid for by their respective countries. Morocco is the only country that was and is paid for by their country's government. The other country showcases were Disney developed using some limited corporate sponsor monies from companies associated with the various countries.
From 12.69.234.201 on October 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM
Ok I've never been to Epcot...and I thought at first that introducing more Disney into the park would work great (like it has for DCA) but after reading the comments and how everyone loved this park for being non-disney and more adult, education oriented, I now understand that this isn't the right approach. Leave that for the other parks. Future world should be focused on technology past, present and future of course. The world showcase should have rides, without Disney characters that stress the uniqueness of those countries. Finally if so many of you are disappointed the only choice you have is to stop visiting, or if that's too hard don't visit as often as you do now. That's what I and countless others, did in DCA and Disney got the point real quick. And take advantage of everytime you're stopped for a guest survey or better yet volunteer your thoughts at the Parks guest services. Otherwise Disney corporates are going to do whatever they want to the park if you guys don't vote with your dollars and voices.
From James Rao on October 2, 2012 at 3:36 AM
Stop going?!? Epcot is a fantastic park! If it is diminished at all it is only in comparison to its former self and to what we believe WDI is capable of accomplishing. However, Epcot is still better than 99% of the other parks in the nation.

Let your voice be heard through the proper in park channels. Disney will get the message. Just yesterday, at the 30th Anniversary event, I read that Marty Sklar announced he is very happy about future development plans for Epcot and we should hear about them "soon". Mr. Sklar was there from the beginning, so if he is happy, I think fans have some excellent things to look forward to concerning this somewhat maligned park.

From Ross Raphael on October 2, 2012 at 7:58 AM
I think EPCOT is as good as ever, but you have to consider the audience too. It certainly caters to an older or more mature crowd. Your 3 year old wasn't going to be pleased by EPCOT in 1991 and nothing has changed today. That said we were there in May with our 3 year old and he had a good time with the Kid-cot masks, Spaceship Earth, Imagination, Living Seas and Energy.

That said, I think EPCOT needs to do something with the Body pavilion as well as adding at least 2 more legitimate countries to the back of the park. Spain and Russia could be the inspiration for some fantastic looking architecture.

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