March 8, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan Visits Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center
“We can see the benefits of this revolution already. Many of the advantages you can view right here at EPCOT Center, which itself is a celebration of tomorrow.”
On March 8, 1983, President Ronald Reagan visited Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center with his wife, First Lady Nancy Reagan. The Reagans began with a visit to the American Adventure attraction, and afterward they met with students that participated in the World Showcase Fellowship Program. This program, which unfortunately no longer exists at Disney, was a one-year exchange program for outstanding students all over the world to represent their countries in the World Showcase. After greeting these students, President Reagan gave a speech in the amphitheater outside of the American Adventure to the program’s students, select outstanding students in math and science from the Central Florida area, and other guests. His speech detailed how happy he was to see so many young people at EPCOT, and how the students will be able to bring change to not only the nation, but also to the world.
If you haven’t read the speech, I would highly recommend it. EPCOT is one of those places that thrive on cultural understanding, and reading Reagan’s words just hits that point home.