Extinct Archive

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

Weird Disneyland History & Funny Stories

In Disneyland’s ~65-year history, there 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 not to mock Disneyland’s past, but to celebrate it. I think things like those here are fascinating for a few reasons. First,

Tom’s Top 7: Disney World Ride Upgrade Wish List

Walt Disney World is in the midst of an unprecedented amount of construction and expansion ahead of its 50th Anniversary. It’s rumored that this milestone will feature a ’50 Things for the 50th Anniversary’ celebration, with a mix of new and improved offerings comprising those offerings. This makes a lot of sense. Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

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,

Eccentric EPCOT Center: A Look Back

Happy Anniversary, EPCOT Center! On October 1, 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 of the

#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