On October 1, 2017, Epcot will celebrate its 35th anniversary and in honor of this event, Disney Parks Merchandise Team has created some nostalgic retro-inspired souvenirs.
“Many of the artists on my team are long-time Epcot fans,” explained Eric Caszatt, Creative Manager with the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group. “We wanted the art to have a distinct vintage feeling, and take its cues from artwork, logos, signage, and in-park graphics found in the early 1980s. We also referenced actual merchandise released during the first few years of operation. Many products then did not incorporate Disney characters into the artwork with the exception of Figment from the Journey Into Imagination attraction. I’m excited to see several products being released this fall can trace their heritage back to those original items.”
Not only do these awesome commemorative items have the look and feel of the 1980s, many are also in the color palette used by “Epcot Center” back in its early days – purple, pink, red, orange, and gold.
I’m kicking myself now for not holding onto my classic Epcot t-shirts from back in the day, but I’m hoping to get my hands on one of those adorable blue and white Epcot Center short sleeve shirts while I’m visiting in October!
The Epcot 35th Anniversary collection will be available in late September in select locations throughout Epcot and you may also find select items via the Shop Disney Parks app once they’re released.
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