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More than 1,000 Epcot enthusiasts, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club,gathered at Epcot’s World Showcase on Sunday, Sunday 29th, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the theme park, which first opened on Oct. 1, 1982. A day of special panels and presentations, all created by D23, marked the anniversary.
Panelists of the “We Can Do It” presentation included (left to right) Disney Legend, original Tom Sawyer on Tom Sawyer Island, and former manager of distribution services at Walt Disney World Tom Nabbe; Disney Legend and executive vice president of Parks, Walt Disney World Bob Matheison; Disney Legend and former vice president of the Magic KingdomBill Sullivan; former Walt Disney World vice president of purchasing and contract services Howard Roland; Disney author and Imagineer Jason Surrell; former president of Disney Participant Relations Jim McCaskill; former director of Walt Disney World Casting Duncan Dickson; and Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, whohelped launch the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971 and EPCOT Center in 1982, among other Disney theme parks around the world.
Who doesn’t love a party?
Although the 30th anniversary of Epcot isn’t until tomorrow, October 1, fans have already begun celebrating the park’s milestone at D23’s Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration at the park’s World Showplace.
So far today, D23 members have been treated to presentations by Disney Legends who helped bring Epcot to life, including Tom Nabbe, Bob Matheison, and Charlie Ridgway, as well as Walt Disney Imagineers. Cast members from the Disney Archives also presented some behind-the-scenes looks at the development of several Epcot attractions. Other activities on the list for the remainder of the day include a look at the park’s opening-day festivities, the music of Epcot, and more.
If you plan on celebrating the 30th anniversary of Epcot at the park tomorrow, be sure to check out the schedule of events – some presented by D23 – here.
- Epcot’s 30th Anniversary Event Schedule (chipandco.com)
- EPCOT 30th Anniversary Map (passporterboards.com)