How Did We Get Here: Epcot

By: Amy Kawa

I find myself asking that question a lot when walking around the Disney Parks.  Even as a youngster, only in my 20s, I can walk past several attractions and remember the ones that once stood in their place.  Some of these attractions I miss dearly, others were easier to let go, and still others I wish I knew were going to close before they did so I could experience them one last time.

As the dubbed “Disney addict” of essentially every group I’m in, I tend to get the question, “Hey, what year did The Living Seas open?” or “What ride was here before Test Track, again?”  So, I decided to sift through a few books and websites to compile a timeline of Epcot.  You will find some conflicting dates for some attractions in various sources, so I tried to go with the majority.  The first pages of dates represents when the current rides in Epcot opened and the second set shows the journey of the attractions from 1982 to the present.  This list will get longer and longer over the coming years as Epcot undergoes quite the transformation.

Over time, we will expand upon some of our favorite attractions of old, but for now, let us know in the comments which of these attractions you miss most!

Click here to view the timelines of Epcot.

photos: DisneyParks.com and Yesterland.com

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