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Day 1 - September 2, 2012

Back in 1996 my family traveled to Epcot while on a vacation that would take us to Atlanta for the Olympics and Naples to visit my aunt. During that trip I experienced Honey, I Shrunk the Audience for the first time ever with my brother and today, for the first time, I ever I will admit that I was terrified of the mice during that first viewing. The rest of the day I remember trying to figure out how Disney got away with letting mice run loose through the seating area, and to have them released at the correct moment.

Later on my brother wanted to show the rest of my family Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, but I decided to opt out due to those pesky mice. Instead, I rode Journey Into Imagination again, and again, and again until the Cast Members started joking with me about how I shouldn't even bother getting off the ride. There was something about the attraction that (I'm so sorry for saying it) sparked the imagination inside of me. I remember thinking about how wonderful this attraction was (yes, Dreamfinder and Figment were still happily together then) and how I could never imagine it being taken away.

Unfortunately a few years later we visited the park again just to find a Figment and Dreamfinder free attraction which was severely disappointing. But, Epcot is always changing. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. The question today is, how on (Spaceship) Earth did we get to the park we all know and love today?

For the most part we've all seen the famous video of Walt introducing EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The park was Walt's dream of a place where people could work, play, and live together in perfect harmony. It would be the center of Walt Disney World property and when guests entered Disney property they would need to pass through Epcot in order to reach their destinations at the resorts and Magic Kingdom park. When Walt passed away the plans slowly changed over time until the new Disney executives realized that it would be near impossible to realize Walt's dream.

However, Walt's idea of an experimental city stayed in the driver's seat of this new park. Imagineers decided to break the park up into two sections. One that would showcase new ideas and inventions that guests could try out and, if they were successful, bring back to their hometowns and help make the world a better place. The other half of the park was based off of Walt's love of the world and trying to unite people from different locations and try and learn from one another. World Showcase initially was home to nine countries that featured representatives from all around the world. Here they could work, play, and live together.

Over the next 30 days we will be diving deeper into both Future World and World Showcase while exploring some of the history, fun facts, and stories that have made this park one of the most popular theme parks in the world for the past 30 years. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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