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Day 19 - September 20, 2012   

Epcot was always meant to be a showcase of the future featuring new ideas and pavilions as time would go on. Amazingly enough, one of these ideas led to something even more!

Shortly after Epcot opened plans for a movie pavilion were put into motion. the plan was to take guests through a slow moving tram ride showcasing some of the greatest movie moments in history. There was only one problem: it wasn't a very futuristic idea. When Michael Eisner discovered the plans of this new pavilion he suggested something that would change Walt Disney World forever: why not make it an entire theme park?

The pavilion, which was The Great Movie Ride, ended up being the signature attraction for Disney-MGM Studios. Disney created a partnership with MGM and together they made a working movie set on Disney property in Florida while bringing life to the "Hollywood that never was and always will be." The park opened up on May 1, 1989 and featured not only the attraction that was originally meant to be located between the Imagination pavilion and The Land pavilion, but also a backlot tour and a trip through the Animation building.

As time would go on, the park eventually evolved into a showcase for how movie studios create special effects, props, and more all while traveling through an area that felt like being on an actual studio lot.

So as you can see, one simple idea ended up transforming Walt Disney World into a three park property, something that was never thought of during its initial conception by Walt Disney. Before he passed away it was clear that Walt Disney World would consist of one park only, the Magic Kingdom, and an experimental city, EPCOT which wasn't meant to be a theme park at all. Now Disney was moving in a new direction which would eventually turn it into the vacation destination of the world.

Now that we've looked at what Epcot has helped create outside of the park, join us tomorrow as we take a look at the original plans for EPCOT - the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

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