When Epcot Center opened in 1982, it was unique. While it wasn’t Walt Disney’s city of the future, it did manage to avoid becoming a second Magic Kingdom. It blended theme park and World’s Fair into one, all with a Disney touch. As it would turn out, the novelty of that unique park didn’t last nearly as long as the other Disney parks at the time. Disney was faced with a problem. Fewer and fewer people were visiting Epcot Center, and that had to change.
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The Orlando Sentinel
Top-notch grades are worth day at Epcot (Nov 13 1994)
Teachers can visit Epcot free in ‘94 (Dec 30 1993)
Epcot field trips will pack the park (Sep 02 1993)
Businesses boost schools, but motivation questioned (Oct 24 1993)
Disney honors creative teachers (Jun 08 1990)
Tampa Bay Times
Disney building for future (Nov 24 1993)
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Epcot welcomes educators (May 15 1994)
The Tampa Tribune
Pierce pupils tour Epcot Center for glimpse of different cultures (Oct 08 1993)
National Center for Education Statistics
State Comparisons of Education Statistics: 1969-70 to 1996-97