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Celebrate EPCOT’s 40th Anniversary with a New ‘EPCOT 40’ Line of Merchandise

Yesterday was the kick off of EPCOT’s 40th Anniversary celebration, and it’s not a Disney celebration without new merchandise to commemorate the event…meet the EPCOT 40 collection. Disney says the retro designs are inspired by the 1980s when the park initially opened, and include bold… Read More »Celebrate EPCOT’s 40th Anniversary with a New ‘EPCOT 40’ Line of Merchandise

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A Look Back at 40 Years of EPCOT

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the opening of EPCOT at Walt Disney World, so I thought it would be fun to look at the park’s history and milestones to commemorate it. In the Beginning EPCOT, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow, may… Read More »A Look Back at 40 Years of EPCOT

Tokyo Disney Resort 40th Anniversary “Dream-Go-Round” Event

Tokyo Disney Resort 40th Anniversary “Dream-Go-Round” Event to Start April 15, 2023

Tokyo Disney Resort® has announced that their upcoming 40th anniversary event, Tokyo Disney Resort “Dream-Go-Round,” will be held from the Resort’s actual 40th anniversary on April 15, 2023 through March 31, 2024. About Dream-Go-Round Tokyo Disney says “Dream-Go-Round” represents the happy moments that countless guests… Read More »Tokyo Disney Resort 40th Anniversary “Dream-Go-Round” Event to Start April 15, 2023

EPCOT 40th Anniversary D23 event

D23 to Host ‘EPCOT 40th Anniversary’ Gold Member Event

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will celebrate 40 years of EPCOT on October 1, 2022, with a special “EPCOT 40th Anniversary” Gold Member event at the park. What to Expect D23 Gold Members will meet at the park by 7:30am for priority park check-in.… Read More »D23 to Host ‘EPCOT 40th Anniversary’ Gold Member Event

Magic Kingdom Turns 40 and Life Goes On


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The 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom was punctuated by big moments at the start and end of the day with long lines for everything in between. Since Disney has chosen to ignore the anniversary in favor of a more bland promotional strategy, my expectations for the October 1st activities were quite low. Indeed, up to 3 days before the event I was told there wouldn’t even be a press event. But at the last minute, things came together and it was actually a decent show.


The morning started early for guests looking to line up for merchandise. Which had its own transportation challenges since there is no transport from the TTC at 6AM. If you entered early enough in the day you got a special map like the above and a 40th anniversary button. Both very nice. Both were essentially gone by 3pm. (click to embiggen)

Video highlights of the morning and more photos below the jump:

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