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As the seminal Disney theme park turns 30, industry luminaries reflect on what it means to them and the themed entertainment world as a whole

More than 300 million people have visited Epcot in the 30 years since its opening. In two previous issues of Funworld, I provided an insider’s background of its development, from Walt Disney's original concept to the day President Ronald Reagan called Epcot “truly a doorway to the Twenty-First Century.”

For this third and final installment, I sought out leaders of our attractions industry and asked them to comment on Epcot’s impact. Their replies are so compelling – and often so personal – that I decided not to write the story in my words, but instead to let their statements speak for themselves. When you read their comments, I think it will be obvious why I chose this approach.


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