While today the park sees more days with a festival than it does without, that wasn’t always the norm. There was a time when the concept was still new, and that was in 1984. As it turned out, Florida locals visiting Walt Disney World didn’t feel the need to revisit Epcot the way they did with The Magic Kingdom. It was a problem they needed to fix, and they decided to try and fix it with a festival called WorldFest.

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The Orlando Sentinel
“New whale show, Moroccan exhibit, art show on tap” (Sep 30th 1984)
“Germany’s on center stage for Epcot Oktoberfest” (Sep 28 1984)
“The Big Question: Repeat Business?” (Oct 01 1984)
“Epcot Showcases Mexican Heritage” (May 12 1985)

Fort Lauderdale News
“Kicking out in style with Mickey Mouse (Jun 09 1985)

Pensacola News Journal
“A merriest Christmas to you” (Dec 23 1984)

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