With the opening of EPCOT Center next fall, Disney officials hope to launch an entirely new generation of lovable, laughable characters. To that end, they have banned Mickey Mouse from the elaborate new theme park and declared it the domain of new characters," declared the September 28, 1981, edition of the Miami Herald newspaper.
"Dozens of characters will be born on the stages of EPCOT Center, and artists are now striving to develop individual personalities and voices for every one of them. A single character, if he captures the public imagination, could be worth millions to the company."
Only two of those new characters were fully developed and appeared in Epcot: Dreamfinder and Figment.