Extinct Archive

Tom’s Top 7: EPCOT GOATs

The EPCOT Center of the mid-1980s through mid-1990s is my favorite theme park of all-time. As much as I praise Tokyo DisneySea (and consider it the modern analogue), I would take the EPCOT of my youth any day if I could choose. Part of that is the prospect of revisiting childhood nostalgia. Another part is

StarJets Tribute

It’s the end of a Disney theme park era: the last StarJets attraction closes today (October 10, 2017). Is a post paying tribute to a spinner attraction that was long-ago retired at Walt Disney World and Disneyland excessive? Eh, probably. At Disney Tourist Blog, something being “unnecessary” has never stopped us from babbling about it,

35 Years of Eccentric Epcot!

Happy 35th Anniversary, EPCOT Center! On this day in 1982, Walt Disney World opened its second park, which remains the most revolutionary theme park of all time. We’ve waxed poetic about the significance of EPCOT Center many times here, so I thought it’d be fun to do in a totally different direction: reflecting on some

Weird Disneyland: 60 Years of Bizarreness

As Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration draws to a close, I thought it’d be fun to reflect on some weirder moments from the park’s 61-year history. These are the bizarre, funny, and sometimes downright odd things that Disney has presented in the form of attractions, parades, and entertainment throughout the years. I present this list

#FigmentFriday: The Flight to Imagination

The opening act of the original Journey into Imagination was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Shortly after boarding your omnimover ride vehicle, you entered the clouds. There, guests spotted the silhouette of an eclectic blimp-like machine with a vacuum on the front and bagpipe on the rear. We were greeted by the affable voice of

That’s A Wrap!

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say yesterday was the last day of Walt Disney World’s “Studios” theme park. If anything, it’s a stretch to say that yesterday was the end of that era. The park that was born as the Disney-MGM Studios opened with a heavy emphasis on actual filmmaking and allowing guests to

The History of EPCOT Center

Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. This page takes a look at the history of EPCOT Center, featuring photos of many extinct attractions, and more. While EPCOT Center opened in 1982, its history goes back much further. EPCOT (which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was a personal vision of Walt

EPCOT Center Vintage Character Photos

Since opening day on October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center had walk-around meet & greet characters. The most famous of these were Figment & Dreamfinder, who are still sorely missed by Epcot fans (for more photos of them, check out our Vintage Journey into Imagination Photos page). There were also some other bizarre and short-lived characters,