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22 THROWBACK IMAGES AT DISNEY WORLDS EPCOT

March 20, 2024

Join us as we embark on a nostalgic journey through iconic Epcot at Disney World. From Barbie Epcot parties to the beloved Food Rocks attraction and the unforgettable Millennium Celebration.

Epcot has been a hub of magic and wonder for decades. Let’s dive into 22 throwback images of Disney World’s Epcot that will surely tug at your heartstrings!

 

1. Barbie’s Birthday party at Epcot

Yep, you read that right! Barbie herself once threw a party at Epcot in 1994 and it was as glamorous as you can imagine. Would have loved to celebrate with the iconic doll herself.

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Photo: Youtube.com /Rare Disney Treasures

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Photo: Youtube.com /Rare Disney Treasures

2. A look back at Spaceship Earth

Oh, how could we forget about Spaceship Earth?  The heart of Epcot since day one! which has been a part of Epcot since its opening in 1982. From cavemen to computers, it’s like taking a trip through time, showing us how communication has evolved over the years. It’s not just a ride; it’s a journey through the heart of Epcot’s history.

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Photo: samsdisneydiary.com

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Photo: imagineeringdisney.com

3. The World Showcase

Ah, the World Showcase was opened in 1982– it’s like traveling the globe without leaving Epcot! This cultural extravaganza has been wowing visitors with its pavilions representing different countries. From France to Japan, each pavilion offers a taste of its nation’s cuisine, architecture and entertainment. It’s like taking a whirlwind trip around the world in a single day!

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4. Food Rocks rockin’

Food Rocks itself opened in 1994 and closed in 2004. Who could forget Food Rocks? This funky musical revue was a tasty treat for the senses! From singing broccoli to rapping peppers, it turned the mundane world of nutrition into a groovy spectacle. 

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Photo: worldabandoned.com

5. The Land Pavillion

The Land Pavilion has been the go-to destination since its inception in 1982, it’s been the spot for all things green and groovy. The Land shows you the coolest sites ever. It’s like a big ol’ celebration of Mother Earth and all her awesome wonders!

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6. A look back at the old Journey into imagination

Journey into Imagination has long been a beloved attraction at Epcot, captivating visitors with its whimsical exploration of the imagination. Originally opening in 1983, the ride sparked creativity with its enchanting characters and vibrant scenes. However, in 1999, it underwent a significant overhaul, transforming into “Journey Into YOUR Imagination.” This revision aimed to modernize the experience but faced criticism for its departure from the original charm.

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7. Diving in the Living Seas

Diving in the Living Seas began its journey in 1986. You’re hangin’ with sea turtles, checkin’ out sharks and even takin’ a dive into the deep blue—all without gettin’ wet. It’s like having your own personal aquarium, but way cooler!

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8. Interacting with our beloved Disney characters

Wanted to meet Mickey and the gang? These pics show what it was like to experience a magical meet-and-greet.

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9. Futuristic innovations 

Hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences? Sign us up! These will make you wish you could travel back in time for some futuristic fun.

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Photo: extinctdisney.com

10. Do you remeber Captain EO?

Oh and who could forget Captain EO? This Michael Jackson-starring 3D musical film was a staple of Epcot in the ’90s.  It’s one of those classic Epcot memories that still brings a smile to fans’ faces today!

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11. The unforgettable millennium celebration

Oh and let’s not forget about Disney’s Millennium Celebration! It was the party of the century, literally! From ’99 to 2000, Epcot was the place to be as we rang in the new millennium in style. There were special events, epic decorations and that iconic “2000” wand on Spaceship Earth—it was totally out of this world!

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12. Horizons was spectacular

Oh man, remember saying goodbye to Horizons in ’99? That ride was legendary! It was like taking a trip to the future and back. Closing its doors was a bummer, but it left us with some seriously awesome memories of what could be

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13. Remember the Honey, I shrunk the audience show?

This 3D adventure took us on a wild ride through the crazy inventions of Professor Wayne Szalinski in 1994 to 2010. Dodging giant ants and laughing at shrinking shenanigans—it was like being in the middle of a sci-fi comedy!

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14. Test Track made us adrenaline junkies

This ride was off the charts in the 90’s! It was like zooming through a high-speed car commercial, feeling the wind in your hair and the adrenaline pumping. Test Track was the ultimate thrill ride and it made you feel like a total speed fiend!

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15. Wonders of Life pavilion

This place was all about celebrating the miracle of life in the most fun way possible from ‘1989 to 2007. It had rad attractions like Body Wars, where you could shrink down and explore the human body. Plus, there were cool exhibits and hands-on activities that made learning about health and fitness totally groovy!

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16. Boy Meets World at Epcot (The Happiest Show on Earth Episode)

Remember that episode where Cory realized how much he wants Topanga back & she won an essay contest and got to go to Disney World for a week? Cory, with the help of Shawn and Eric, flies to Florida in an attempt to win Topanga back.

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Photo: d23.com

17. The Maelstrom ride

Ahoy, mateys! Let’s give a shoutout to Maelstrom this Viking boat ride was a total blast. It whisked us away on a journey through Norwegian folklore, complete with trolls, waterfalls and epic adventures from 1988 to 2014. Riding Maelstrom was like being in your very own Viking saga—it was epic!

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18. Can’t forget the Millennium village

This place was like a mini-world tour right inside Epcot. With exhibits from countries around the globe, it was all about celebrating cultural diversity and innovation. From learning about cutting-edge technology to experiencing traditional music and dance, Millennium Village was a true global adventure!

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Photo: Allears.net

19. Remembering Innoventions opening

Who could forget when Innoventions opened up shop in ’94? It was like stepping into a time machine but going forward! This place was all about showing off the latest and greatest gadgets before they hit the shelves. From virtual reality to interactive stuff, Innoventions was where you could get a taste of the future.

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20. The Kitchen Kabaret experience

This show was like a food party on steroids ’82 to ’94. You had singing veggies, dancing dairy—you name it, they rocked it! It wasn’t just about entertainment; it was like sneaky education about eating right, but with a side of laughs.

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21. Saying Goodbye to World of Motion

It was a real bummer when Epcot had to say peace out to the classic World of Motion ride in ’96. That ride had been around since Epcot first opened its doors in ’82, taking us on this wild trip through the history of transportation. Even though it was tough to say goodbye, it made room for some fresh new adventures and cool stuff down the line.

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22. Epcot’s character cavalcade

Wave to your favorite Disney characters as they parade through Epcot in a lively cavalcade! These pics will have you dancing along with Mickey, Goofy and the gang as they spread joy and cheer.

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There you have it – 22 throwbacks that’ll transport you back to the good old days at Disney World’s Epcot. From classic attractions to special events and everything in between, these pics capture the magic of a bygone era.

So here’s to the memories, and here’s to making many more in the years to come!

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