Epcot has changed their name to EPCOT.
Yes I’m serious.
According to WDWNT, it is officially now EPCOT instead of Epcot.
Which is pretty much what is was in the beginning.
Let’s take a look at the history of EPCOT’s name.
EPCOT started out as EPCOT Center. It was all capitalized because it was an acronym for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” This was the way it opened in 1982 and it remained EPCOT Center until 1993.
In 1994 the “Center” was dropped, as was the capital letters and it became simply Epcot but they added years to it. So it was Epcot ’94 and then Epcot ’95. Finally in 1996 it just became Epcot and that has been the name until now.
With all the changes coming to EPCOT, new look, new fountain, new “neighborhoods,” etc. The name has now been changed to the capital letters once again.
A lot of us were expecting something more like Epcot World Center, but this works too. Everyone usually called it “Epcot” anyway. This “change” makes it easy on guests.
As WDWNT pointed out, we’ve been seeing it labeled as EPCOT over and over since D23. Even the construction wall logo has it as EPCOT.
It fits very well, especially since Disney is going back to the old logo symbols and have been installing retro signage around the park and in The Seas pavilion.
We see it with the Epcot Experience attraction too.
It’s not really a surprise, but I do kind of like the nostalgic return to the past.
I’m hoping that Disney leans heavily on nostalgia and less on IP. Fingers Crossed!
What do you think? Comment and let us know!
Credit to WDWNT. They have a lot more photos over there if you want to check it out!
Other Sources: Yesterdayland, Theme Park Tourist,
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