One of the things that I like about EPCOT is there are no parades to clog up the walkways through the park. This wasn’t always the case. For a short time, EPCOT was host to the Tapestry of Nations parade which lasted for almost two years (from 1999 to 2001) before replaced by Tapestry of Dreams parade. This parade lasted two years as well and was not replaced. Since 2003, there has not been a parade at EPCOT. The Tapestry of Nations parade was added as part of EPCOT’s Millennium Celebration.
The parade’s theme was world unity and world peace. The parade was led by the “Sage of Time.” The parade features lots of large puppet-like costumes and stilt-walkers. A variation of this parade was used for the basis of the Super Bowl XXXIV half-time show.
There were some floats in the parade as well. But the highlights of the parade were the puppets and the stilt-walkers.
The parade’s theme changed to a dream theme when the parade changed to the Tapestry of Dreams as the Sage of Time was replaced by the Dreamseekers. The parade had dwindling popularity before it was finally cut from the EPCOT program in 2003.
I never saw either of the parades in EPCOT and until doing some research on Disney history never knew that EPCOT hosted a parade. For those that like Disney parades or have fond memories of the Tapestry of Nations Parade, here’s a full video of the parade.
I’d like to welcome you to the first of what will be many posts about a well covered topic….Disney. Most specifically, this blog will cover the two resorts in the United States….Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. This blog will help give people an understanding of what there is to do at the parks, what will be coming to the parks in both the near and far off future, tips to best navigate your way through the parks, etc.
My plan is to post something new every day during the week with the occasional blog post on Saturdays and recaps of the week’s posting on Sundays. Disney is a place that is always changing so coming with new material everyday should not be a problem.
A little about myself: my name is Tim Brooks and I live in upstate NY with my wife of 14 years and our soon-to-be nine-year old daughter. I spent the early part of my career out of college working in sports information at the University of Delaware and then Allentown College. After leaving Allentown College, I did some freelance work and then taught sports management at Lehigh-Carbon Community College and then The College of St. Rose when we moved to upstate NY for my wife’s career. After my wife gave birth to our daughter, I decide to stay home with her and put my career on hold. Now, that she is almost nine years old, I volunteer at her school while keeping the house in order.
When our daughter was four, we made out first trip to Disney to take advantage of a Free Dining promotion. We stayed at the Contemporary Resort – a place that I always wanted to stay when I was a child. We loved it. We could walk to Magic Kingdom. Take the monorail to EPCOT. The bus could get us to Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. We tried to do as much as we could in our short five-day stay. As we were leaving, the bus was driving past EPCOT and our daughter starts blowing kisses to Spaceship Earth and saying, “I love you ball. I’m going to miss you.” My wife started crying and at that moment, I knew we would be coming back.
We joined the Disney Vacation Club about a year later and have made five trips since that initial visit five years ago. We have fully become a “Disney Family.”