Changing Epcot's NameScott Specht offers a suggestion to Disney management: Change the name of Epcot to "Disney's World's Fair."
From Scott SpechtHere's an idea for Disney management: Change the name of Epcot to "Disney's World's Fair."
Posted July 9, 2002 at 9:48 AM
Epcot as park name has always been awkward and doesn't describe what the park is about. It was only used as a sentmental reference to Walt's 1966 prototype community idea.
The term "World's Fair" is not copyrighted, and gives a clearer, more evocative idea of what the park is about.
The name change would also give Disney an opportunity to "re-launch" the park without any major capital outlays, and give a more coherent theme to a park that has languished in the public imagination.
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From Stewart EvansNo way, Epcot should stay. IT just sounds like a cool, familiar name that loads of people from all over the globe have heard of. Disney's World Fair just doesn't go. The name has to be short and quick to pronounce if Disney even consider changing the name of Epcot..
Posted July 9, 2002 at 4:03 PM
From Deborah DavisDisney's World's Fair is too close to Mickey's Toon Town Fair & completely ignores the Future World part of the park. Stick with EPCOT please!
Posted July 9, 2002 at 4:35 PM
From David MaurerThe name EPCOT will never change. Not just because it is somewhat of tribute to Walt, but the name Epcot has become an american house-hold name. If you say the word Epcot to someone, they automatically know what you refering to. As for the name's meaning not relating to the actual park, that doesn't really matter to most people because except for Disney fans (and not all know) don't even know what EPCOT actually stands for.
Posted July 9, 2002 at 6:03 PM
From RICHARD LIVESIDGEEPCOT should stay. Maybe if Disney wanted a 'world fair' , world showcase could be changed to 'world fair' but as a park EPCOT should stay, it has got a cool hi-tech buzz to it and is well-known around the globe.
Posted July 9, 2002 at 11:48 PM
From Francois ChanNo.
Posted July 9, 2002 at 11:59 PM
From Kevin BaxterYeah. Even though Epcot doesn't stand for anything anymore (Disney no longer capitalizes anything but the E and they don't advertise its origins like they used to). The vast majority of Epcot's future customers already know what Epcot is. Changing that will only confuse many of them. If they want to change anything, change all the frickin' Kingdoms they have!
Posted July 10, 2002 at 2:18 AM
From Kelly GI think that changing the name is not a good idea. When Walt Disney first came up with the idea, it was supposedly a look into the future. In fact, EPCOT actually stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Changing the name would totally defeat the purpose.
Posted July 10, 2002 at 5:09 AM
From J. DanaAnd Cast Member's won't let us forget the TRUE meaning of Epcot: Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday. The name won't change, and neither should it (because of the aforementioned Walt heritage). But the World's Fair theme of the park is one of its most inviting attributes. And by the way, a World's Fair shows off the technological advances and "showpieces" of a country, therefore, the future world attractions fit this theme much better than the World Showcase countries. But World Showcase definitely adds the international flavor to this particular World's Fair.
Posted July 10, 2002 at 6:43 AM
From AnonymousHow would "Disney's World's Fair" fit on top of Spaceship Earth? ;)
Posted July 10, 2002 at 8:30 AM
From Andrew Vestdisneys world fair? yeah, thats a bad idea! i would much rather go to a park that is called epcot than one that is called disneys world fair
Posted July 10, 2002 at 8:58 AM
From Scott SpechtOkay, so you don't like it--how about "TPTWOSTBACOT" (Theme Park That Was Originally Supposed To Be A Community Of Tomorrow")
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:43 AM
From RICHARD LIVESIDGEGood point by anon (see above) !!!!!!
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:54 AM
From Lori DurstI don't feel it would be a good idea to change the name. Everybody has known it as Epcot for many years and it will just confuse and upset a lot of people. If they are wanting to change things they need to consider changing the look of some of their parks and put some newer rides in the parks also. Changing the Name of a park will do nothing for the parks reputation.
Posted July 10, 2002 at 12:24 PM
From Mike Duchock"World's fair" just doesn't have the same ring to it as Epcot. Besides, those letters don't spell anything good...
Posted July 10, 2002 at 2:46 PM
From Joe LaneIt was a nice suggestion, and it would probably be more true to what Epcot actually is, but alas, Epcot will always be Epcot, no matter what kind of decoration they put on top of Spaceship Earth and leave there...
Posted July 10, 2002 at 6:05 PM
From Reid LovelandExcrutiating [SP?]
Posted July 10, 2002 at 7:28 PM
Robert? Any others you can remember?
From Bennett Hernandezwhy change the name no one will ever remeber that and it still does not go with any theme.
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:29 PM
From AnonymousKeep the Epcot name, it is short and a familiar name.
Posted July 11, 2002 at 7:47 AM
From AnonymousDisny should never change the name, but because of 911 disney should run an add campaign about epcot being like a world's fair and how you dont have to leave the country to experience the world.
Posted July 11, 2002 at 9:09 AM
From shari mcfetersepcot should stay epcot
Posted July 11, 2002 at 1:46 PM
From Christian Keith NicelyNo Way! Because if you didn't know Walt Disney the Man created that name for it. And anyways I agree that it won't fit on top of Spaceship earth.
Posted July 12, 2002 at 12:34 PM
It just dosent sound right.
Posted July 12, 2002 at 1:40 PM
From mark holdernessNo don't change it, it is a past time of disney that needs to stay.
Posted July 12, 2002 at 7:13 PM
From Laurie smithKeep it simple for those of us who are tired, overworked, drunk or lazy. just 2 little syllables. Pin traders don't want a 30 letter set to collect and finally why fix something that aint broke unless it is an anamorous male dog.
Posted July 13, 2002 at 2:40 PM
From Anonymousepcot is cool. keep it as epcot or someday a person who doesnt know that epcot was changed will drive past it and say 'Hey i think epcot moved,....lets go back to wisconsin, this was a waste of gas' hahahaa
Posted November 11, 2003 at 5:50 PM
From Andrew SpadaYou just can't change the name of the (according to consumer surveys) the best theme park in the world. Everyone knows what Epcot is and any other name would just be very un-likable. Besides, the Olympics have really replaced the worlds fair and as such, have lost alot of its lure. You could just change the name to Disney's Wonderful Mall, oh wait, that's already Downtown Disney!
Posted November 12, 2003 at 8:53 AM
From Robert NilesHow about just taking down that awful script logo/Mickey hand defacing Spaceship Earth, leaving the name as it is, and we'll call it even?
Posted November 12, 2003 at 11:05 AM
From Joe LlorensThat's a deal, Robert. I'm a Disney fanatic and I hate that stupid thing. Put Spaceship Earth back the way it was!!!!!!!!
Posted November 12, 2003 at 1:08 PM
From Robert OGroskyNow Epcot is no reason to insult the people of the great state of Wisconsin!!!!!!!!
Posted November 12, 2003 at 2:45 PM
From Carey Lynn HoltsclawAndrew Spada Said:
Posted November 12, 2003 at 6:15 PM
"You just can't change the name of the (according to consumer surveys) the best theme park in the world" [EQ]
I Thought that honor belonged to Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Universal Studios Florida...
Anyway, Epcot should stay Epcot. I Thought that "Epcot Center" sounded more catchy, but I guess that didn't sound like a theme park name. Besides, I think "Disney's World Fair" sounds a little cheap.
From Jeff AronsN O.
Posted November 13, 2003 at 5:17 AM
From N StevensI don't think the name Epcot is awkward, infact it has always achieved it's goal - a futuristic name. It does seem however, that Disney have scrapped "Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow" infavor of just Epcot (with lowercase letters and all). If Epcot is the name this park will always be, I'll be happy. Think about the consequencies of changing the name? High costs of new promotion, merchandise, demolition, and as well as the effect it will have on the public. People who aren't familiar with WDW think Epcot, "What an unusual name? Must check that out!". Would they think, Disney's World Fair, and have the same thought? I doubt it, infact not everyone, especially the younger generation, are familiar with what a "World's Fair" is, therefore it might lead them to think that it's just another Magic Kingdom.
Posted November 13, 2003 at 7:51 AM
Epcot could be compaired to a World's Fair indeed, but no World's Fair could ever come close to comparing with Epcot.
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