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    The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    Pressed by fans, Walt Disney World is expanding its observance of Epcot's 25th anniversary by providing company-sponsored public events to go along with private celebrations already set for Oct.1.
    Disney is now planning a public "rededication ceremony" inside Epcot that day that will echo much of the original 1982 dedication. It also will have an exhibit hall dedicated to the park's first 25 years; a special "IlluminNations" light show at the close of the day; and retro guide maps, restaurant menus and other souvenirs.
    Still, the observances are far less involved than those Disney has already organized for Epcot employees -- less even than some of the private events organized by Disney fans.
    Disney officials had indicated earlier this year that there would be no company-sponsored public observances of Epcot's silver anniversary. Instead, they said commemorations would focus on the theme park's employees.
    Many Epcot fans used various Internet forums to criticize Disney for not planning a public marking of the Epcot milestone. The fans also used the Internet to organize private celebrations. As their private arrangements picked up steam this summer, Disney apparently reconsidered its plans.
    Epcot's new vice president, Jim MacPhee, announced in June that some sort of public celebration would take place. He also disclosed that Disney would take down the wand-and-arm structure that had towered over Epcot's signature attraction, Spaceship Earth, since 1999.
    Now Disney is providing details of the public observances that will be available to paying visitors to the park on October 1st.
    MacPhee, one of Epcot's original employees from 1982, said the anniversary is still focused on employees, particularly the 300 who both opened the park and still work there. That effort began earlier this month, with various commemorative decorations, giveaways and employee recognitions.
    "We've always planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary for our cast. It began to evolve very quickly as we focused on what a great milestone it is," MacPhee said. "It's great. I love the fact that people have such huge passion about what we're doing."
    The resort's change of heart may be partly attributed to the emerging success of various private Epcot parties -- including "Celebration 25," which is being spearheaded by Adam Roth, a 16-year-old Dr. Phillips High School junior.
    Celebration 25, which will feature Epcot history tours, get-togethers and parties Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, started as an Internet-networked get-together of Epcot fans. Initially, it was expected to draw 100 or so participants, but the latest count tops 1,100 registrants.
    Another private celebration, "The Epcot Thing," sponsored by the unofficial Disney-fan Web site MagicalMountain.net, also involves various parties and get-togethers Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. And the annual Florida convention of the National Fantasy Fan Club will take place at Disney World that weekend.
    Disney officials have noticed the private preparations, and have called organizers to help coordinate the official and unofficial events.
    Roth does not think the private celebrations goaded Disney into creating a public Epcot celebration. But he thinks they may have inspired Disney to do more than was originally intended.
    "All our efforts combined -- I think it does show we do have a presence out there of fans," he said. "I think it was a polite reminder that it does mean something to us."

    Source: Orlando Sentinel

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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    I am happy to say that everything Scott wrote about is true... For those of you who don't know, I am the Adam Roth described in the article. Mind you, Celebration 25's registration is still open until September 25th, so we look forward to you joining us if you can.

    Disney has plenty of special opportunities planned for October 1st, so it will surely be a event to remember!

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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    I wonder what they mean by IllumiNations lightshow...

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    It'll be a 'little' more than just a light show.

    I hope that there is a We've Just Begun to Dream rope drop.
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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    That's awesome Adam. If we were going to be in Orlando then, we would certainly have tried to be there. We will be about 18 days too late though.


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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    I'm just happy that Disney woke up and realized that this park deserved its milestone anniversary acknowledged.

    Sometimes insiders and execs don't understand that things like this actually mean something to the common guest/fan.

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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    I want one of those retro park maps!

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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    Quote Originally Posted by jedimaster1227 View Post
    I am happy to say that everything Scott wrote about is true... For those of you who don't know, I am the Adam Roth described in the article. Mind you, Celebration 25's registration is still open until September 25th, so we look forward to you joining us if you can.

    Disney has plenty of special opportunities planned for October 1st, so it will surely be a event to remember!
    Hi Adam!

    I've heard of some good things happening, thanks for pressing Disney on this! I'll be there (and taking pics for my own website, though I always post some pics here too of anything I am doing!)
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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    Does anyone know if the exhibit will be available to view on any day other than October 1st? Is there anything semi-permanent?

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    Re: The Official Re-dedication Of Epcot

    sounds alot like the last minute stuff they did for the 50th and that was a great day. I am looking forward to another great time but lots of crowds on the 1st.

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