During the early development of Walt Disney World, an experimental planned community serving as a center for American innovation and urban living was conceived by Walt Disney. Termed “EPCOT”, the concept featured residential areas, an urban city center and a web of mass transportation systems that would interconnect the community. “EPCOT”, an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was described as a utopian city of the future. Certainly, this experiential virtual tour would perfectly compliment the city of the future.
The “EPCOT” concept was abandoned after Disney’s death in 1966, as the company expressed uncertainty about maintaining an operating city without Walt’s guidance. During the 1970s A second theme park began development by WED Enterprises. As Magic Kingdom’s popularity grew, this new park would act as a supplement for the resort, showcasing modern innovation and enterprise through avant-garde edutainment attractions as well as the addition of a world nations exposition. Opening as EPCOT Center in 1982, the newly designed park featured two sections-Future World and World Showcase. Spanning across 305 acres, the park is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom Park. The park was renamed to “Epcot” in 1994. In 2018, Epcot was the fourth most visited theme park in North America and the seventh most visited theme park in the world with 12.444 million guests. Take a trip to the park in this experiential virtual tour.