Here are photos from the 25th anniversary of Epcot. I’ve been visiting Epcot since the year it opened, so it was nice to be able to celebrate 25! I didn’t write as much as post photos back then in photo articles (Mousesteps began in 2007 and has evolved), so it’s less story and more photos – Denise (updated 9/30/2017)
I arrived at Epcot at 7:30am this morning. It wasn’t really busy, and never seemed to busy to me (about what I expected). But arriving at this time was great, as they let us into the park at 8am.
And the extra hour allowed for extra shopping time was nice.
LE of 1200 Figment:
Disney gave everyone arriving in the morning a button:
There were a few signs up:
The morning was beautiful, the moon still out.
My nametag for the 25th:
I got in the standing area pretty early, and secured a decent spot. The music playing included “Listen to the Land, and “Making Memories”. I love the old music!
First up was Mike Kelly, one of the Disney Ambassadors:
And I’m not sure how to spell her name, but I believe they said it was Tracey Wu, and she was the host. She brought up the song “We’ve Just Begun to Dream”, and cast members from Epcot took the stage:
Erin Wallace and Epcot VP Jim McPhee were announced. I don’t remember much of what was said, but it’s great that the wand is down and it made for better photos.
Disney Legend (inducted 2001) Marty Sklar was next. It was pointed out that he’s the only CM who has helped open all 11 Disney theme parks around the world (that is amazing!) He mentioned that the most trusted name in America is Mickey Mouse.
There were representatives from each country that came out, carrying containers with water that represented lakes, rivers, and such of the region (like from England, the water represented the Thames). The water was poured into the fountain, as is what happened on opening day in 1982.
We also were treated to a brief fireworks display: