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Epcot adding interactive city for Disney World's 50th anniversary

The new pavilion will be interactive and feature Disney characters
Credit: Walt Disney World
An artist's rendering shows the renovated entrance to Epcot.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Epcot is returning to its city roots.

Officials at Walt Disney World said Thursday that new additions to Epcot include a pavilion featuring an interactive city with hands-on activities.

Epcot was originally conceived by Walt Disney in the 1960s as an experimental city. In fact, the name "Epcot" stands for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow."

The city concept was abandoned after Disney's death and Epcot became the second theme park at Disney World when it opened in 1982.

The metropolis in the as-yet-unnamed pavilion will feature Disney characters.

Disney officials say Epcot's entrance also will be revamped and it will open a center where visitors can see future Epcot plans.

Disney officials say the new additions at Epcot will open in time for the resort's 50th anniversary in 2021.

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