I had plans to visit the then new Disney EPCOT attraction shortly after it opened in October of 1982, however, I had just tied the knot the year before and my daughter was born five months prior. My cousin did get a chance to go and I remember him telling me that it was a very scientific experience. Well, it was not until recently that I finally decided to research the name of this 300-acre park and it says it all -- Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. That explains my cousin’s comments years ago. I wonder if he knew that? My recent trip to EPCOT was purely coincidental in that I was redirected there from the Magic Kingdom to catch my hotel shuttle which was not scheduled to make a stop until 10:50 PM that night. I arrived at 6:45 PM which gave me just over four hours to fulfill a promise made 33 years ago. So goes the saying better late than never.
I caught the express Monorail from the Magic Kingdom which made a complete loop around the main entrance to EPCOT before coming to a stop at the main entrance near the iconic golf-ball-looking dome that I have been seeing on marketing and promotional materials, as well as T.V. commercials for over three decades. I was able to get an idea of what I would be seeing once inside the park during the loop around the main entrance. It was past sundown which made the spherical icon even more spectacular than I could ever imagine. It looked like a planet or a scene from one of those sci-fi Saturday feature movies that I grew up watching back in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. I have since learned that there is actually a ride inside the dome which is called Spaceship Earth and is presented by Siemens. The ride explores the history of innovations from the Stone Age to the Digital Age.