Over the years, Disney has released a lot of Epcot based Vinylmations. While many of them focus on the current attractions at Epcot, they always love to throw in a few that represent attractions or characters of those long lost. This month we are taking a look at a few of those Vinylmations, beginning with the park’s name.
When Epcot opened in 1982, it was known as EPCOT Center (until 1994). It was designed from Walt Disney’s dream of the “Experimental City of Tomorrow,” and initial logo and name always had a futuristic look to it. Even tough the name and logo changed, the original name and logo were honored in Park Series #4, and again in Series #8.
Not to be left out of the world of Vinylmations, Disney also released a 9” Vinylmation that featured the logos of the different pavilions from EPCOT Center. Many of these haven’t been used in years, so it was a nice addition to EPCOT/EPCOT Center collections.
There were always a few long lost characters that have been made into Vinylmations over the years. While none is bigger than Dreamfinder, the Horizons Robot Butler was actually made into a Park Starz Vinylmation in Park Starz Series #1, bringing back a lot of memories from the Horizons Pavilion.
There have been other long lost Epcot attraction Vinylmations that have seen their releases over the years, but many of these have been released as sets. Disney has release a Kitchen Kabaret set (based on the attraction that was replaced in 1994), a Cranium Command set (based on the attraction that closed in 2007) and the Tapestry of Nations Set (based on the Millennium Celebration Parade that ran from 1999-2001).
But there’s more! Disney also released a special Mickey Vinylmation in Park Series #8. While Mickey is not gone, Future World Mickey — with his space suit and rainbow on the front — appears to be long gone.
In the thirty-four years since the opening of EPCOT/EPCOT Center, Disney has closed a number of attractions at the park. Attractions will come and go, and along the way, characters will be lost. But, there is hope for some of these. Disney has recently announced that Epoct will be undergoing some changes over the next several years. With that in mind, will we see the return, or at least a mention, of some characters and attractions in these updates? Of course EPCOT Center fans can dream, can’t they?