Wow!! I don't know where to start. In the last 6 days, I have attended the Food and Wine Festival Preview and Opening Day, the dedication of the new exhibit in The American Heritage Gallery, Party for the Senses and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. And finally, I spent an entire day in Epcot to celebrate the Silver Anniversary, arriving at 7:30 am and leaving the park at 11:30 pm. I will save the story of how I ended up in Epcot 2 and 1/2 hours after the park's official closing time for a later blog. I have over a 1000 pictures to sort through but sadly, I have to work (the real job) later today and tomorrow. I will be adding blogs with photos as quickly as possible so please be a little patience since my head is still spinning from one of my best Disney trips ever!
I do want to take a moment to thank all the friends, both old and new, that I had the honor to spent time with over the past few days. Every one of you helped make this trip even more magical then I could ever imagine.
Celebration 25's co-founder, Adam Roth welcomes guests at the check-in table prior to Epcot's 8 am opening.
Deb Koma, Deb Wills and Adam Roth at the Monday morning check-in/registration.
AllEars Team Member Brian Martsolf and Lou Mongello, author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Books. Lou is interviewing Brian for his WDW Radio Show Disney Podcast.
New signs on the walls around Spaceship Earth that were changed for the celebration.
A very special Guide Map was issued just for the 25th Anniversary that included the original cover and map from opening day.
We also received a free anniversary button when we entered the park.
Special Limited Edition Merchandise was a big hit and the lines formed very quickly at this kiosk outside of the Electric Umbrella and at the Pin Station. When cast members realized how popular this merchandise was, they quickly opened MouseGear to help move us through the lines faster. Pins, t-shirts, watches and Figment plushes were available.
Special Edition Figments were limited to 1200 numbered plushes.
$28.00 for each Figment and he was sold out in less than 2 hours.
Only 1,982 T-shirts were released in honor of the year Epcot opened.
New Signs appeared over both Innoventions West and East.
The Family of The Day opened the park at the rope drop in front of the fountain. This is Jeff Pepper and his family from 2719 Hyperion Blog.
The previous post in this blog was Epcot's National Treasures Dedication Ceremony -- Photo Gallery.
The next post in this blog is Epcot's 25th Anniversary Celebration Photo Gallery - Part 2.