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Did you know? The Imagineering philosophy for EPCOT Center represented a real departure in the Disney theme park lineup. California’s Disneyland and, later, Florida’s Magic Kingdom focused on fun, with the occasional moral or semi-scholarly lesson thrown in. EPCOT Center was purpose-driven as the educational park, a risky decision that could have backfired. Walt Disney held the optimistic belief the park would be well received as long as guests were entertained as well as informed. Imagineer Marty Sklar fondly recalled Walt saying, “In our business you can educate people, but don’t tell them you’re doing it!”
I was 17 years old when my family first visited Walt Disney World. At the time, Magic Kingdom and Epcot were the only 2 parks that were open. It was the educational factor of Epcot that quickly made it my favorite park – and it remains my favorite to this day. Sure, I love fantasy, the movies, and animals – but give me world education any day!
Do you appreciate the educational factor of Epcot?
*This week’s trivia tidbit comes from Susan Veness’ The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom(previously reviewed on my blog here).