Everything You Need to Know About the 40th Anniversary Celebrations in EPCOT!

We’re in EPCOT for a very special reason today!

Welcome to the 40th anniversary!

That’s right, it’s the park’s 40th Anniversary! EPCOT opened on October 1st, 1982, and we’re here to check out all the celebrations in honor of the occasion. But we didn’t want to visit without bringing you as well, so follow along as we celebrate together!


When we arrived at EPCOT, we got a commemorative guide map.

You can see the rainbow shine on the cover!

Gorgeous guide map

Despite COVID-19 warnings being removed from the Disney websites, there is still a warning on the back of the map.


The map confirmed that there will be a special beacon of magic show at night on Spaceship Earth, there’s a special 40th anniversary ceremony, and guests will get a commemorative poster as they exit the park.

Special happenings

Take a look inside the map.

How cool! We’ll be bringing you updates on all of these events so stay tuned!


If you’re visiting today, expect some crowds! Many fans have turned out to celebrate the big day, and when we arrived at the park it was busy this morning.

Spaceship Earth crowds

Here’s another look at the crowds.

While the crowds were pretty packed towards the entrance, a ton of people were already in line for the Creations Shop.

Merchandise line

Look at that line!

This is where you can snag the 40th anniversary merchandise.

Window display

According to a Cast Member, the wait from when we got in line was 2 hours. It took us about 1 hour and 5 minutes to get through the line!


One of the things that guests are most excited about is the new merchandise that has arrived! We found the collection in Creations Shop and there are several new items to choose from. First up is the EPCOT 40th Anniversary MagicBand+.

You’ll also find a Mystery Pin Set!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without a new pair of ears! These EPCOT 40th Anniversary Minnie Ears are absolutely stunning…but they are not available in Disney World yet. A Cast Member said they hope to have them soon, but you can still grab these online!


Pick up a pair for $29.99.

See more about the EPCOT 40th Anniversary Ears

There is SO much more merchandise to see!

Creations Shop

See ALL of the 40th anniversary merchandise we found in EPCOT.

Check Out ALL of the EPCOT 40th Anniversary Merchandise


Most of the same EPCOT entertainment was available, but there was also a special ceremony at 11AM to honor EPCOT! People starting lining up pretty early for the event and there were lots of folks ready to see what Disney had in store.

Fry Bucket and Breedlove weighed in on what they thought could happen at the ceremony.

There was also a moment to honor the man responsible for EPCOT — Walt Disney.

We also got a performance from the Voices of Liberty…

Voices of Liberty

…and Mariachi Cobre!

So fun!

Near the entrance of the park, check out the newest Magic Shot for the 40th anniversary!

Spaceship Earth also got a new look at night — the new show features Figment, Walt Disney, Horizons, Illuminations, and more!

It’s such a fun nod to the 40th anniversary.

Click here to see more of the new Spaceship Earth show

Special Foods & Beverages

Looking for something special to eat? We found multiple new snacks around the park to celebrate the 40th, including the Figment Cake at Sunshine Seasons.

Figment Cake

At Choza de Margarita, you’ll find the 40th Fiesta. This is the location’s usual fiesta margarita but with the addition of blue agave syrup.


In the Japan pavilion, the colorful Sake Cocktail Flight is at the Garden House!

There’s a 40th Anniversary Celebration Funnel Cake at the Funnel Cake Stand in America!

Funnel Cake

We also tried the 40th Anniversary Liege Waffle at Connections Cafe.


It is basically the same as the regular waffle here, but with fun 40th anniversary decorations!

5 NEW 40th Anniversary Treats You Can Try in EPCOT

That’s everything from the 40th Anniversary celebrations in EPCOT! Stay tuned to AllEars for any more news and updates from this historic day.

We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day so you don’t miss out on anything that’s going on. Check back for new updates!

And if you’re an EPCOT fan, keep following along for all of the news on EPCOT’s transformation, including the addition of a new attraction and all the construction updates from World Celebration.

Everything You Need to Know About the Big Changes Coming to EPCOT — Click Here!

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