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Changing Epcot's Name

Scott Specht offers a suggestion to Disney management: Change the name of Epcot to "Disney's World's Fair."

From Scott Specht
Posted July 9, 2002 at 9:48 AM
Here's an idea for Disney management: Change the name of Epcot to "Disney's World's Fair."

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.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Stewart Evans
Posted July 9, 2002 at 4:03 PM
No 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..

From Deborah Davis
Posted July 9, 2002 at 4:35 PM
Disney'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!

From David Maurer
Posted July 9, 2002 at 6:03 PM
The 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.

From RICHARD LIVESIDGE
Posted July 9, 2002 at 11:48 PM
EPCOT 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.

From Francois Chan
Posted July 9, 2002 at 11:59 PM
No.

From Kevin Baxter
Posted July 10, 2002 at 2:18 AM
Yeah. 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!

From Kelly G
Posted July 10, 2002 at 5:09 AM
I 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.

From J. Dana
Posted July 10, 2002 at 6:43 AM
And 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.

From Anonymous
Posted July 10, 2002 at 8:30 AM
How would "Disney's World's Fair" fit on top of Spaceship Earth? ;)

From Andrew Vest
Posted July 10, 2002 at 8:58 AM
disneys 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

From Scott Specht
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:43 AM
Okay, so you don't like it--how about "TPTWOSTBACOT" (Theme Park That Was Originally Supposed To Be A Community Of Tomorrow")

From RICHARD LIVESIDGE
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:54 AM
Good point by anon (see above) !!!!!!

From Lori Durst
Posted July 10, 2002 at 12:24 PM
I 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.

From Mike Duchock
Posted July 10, 2002 at 2:46 PM
"World's fair" just doesn't have the same ring to it as Epcot. Besides, those letters don't spell anything good...

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From Joe Lane
Posted July 10, 2002 at 6:05 PM
It 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...

From Reid Loveland
Posted July 10, 2002 at 7:28 PM
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From Bennett Hernandez
Posted July 10, 2002 at 9:29 PM
why change the name no one will ever remeber that and it still does not go with any theme.

From Anonymous
Posted July 11, 2002 at 7:47 AM
Keep the Epcot name, it is short and a familiar name.

From Anonymous
Posted July 11, 2002 at 9:09 AM
Disny 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.

From shari mcfeters
Posted July 11, 2002 at 1:46 PM
epcot should stay epcot

From Christian Keith Nicely
Posted July 12, 2002 at 12:34 PM
No 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.
It just dosent sound right.

From Anonymous
Posted July 12, 2002 at 1:40 PM
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From mark holderness
Posted July 12, 2002 at 7:13 PM
No don't change it, it is a past time of disney that needs to stay.

From Laurie smith
Posted July 13, 2002 at 2:40 PM
Keep 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.

From Anonymous
Posted November 11, 2003 at 5:50 PM
epcot 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

From Andrew Spada
Posted November 12, 2003 at 8:53 AM
You 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!

From Robert Niles
Posted November 12, 2003 at 11:05 AM
How 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?

From Joe Llorens
Posted November 12, 2003 at 1:08 PM
That's a deal, Robert. I'm a Disney fanatic and I hate that stupid thing. Put Spaceship Earth back the way it was!!!!!!!!

From Robert OGrosky
Posted November 12, 2003 at 2:45 PM
Now Epcot is no reason to insult the people of the great state of Wisconsin!!!!!!!!

From Carey Lynn Holtsclaw
Posted November 12, 2003 at 6:15 PM
Andrew Spada Said:

"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 Arons
Posted November 13, 2003 at 5:17 AM
N O.

The end.

From N Stevens
Posted November 13, 2003 at 7:51 AM
I 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.

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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