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1984: Morocco Pavilion (Epcot)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 14 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Deborah Bowen, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

In 1984, the Morocco Pavilion at the World Showcase in Epcot opened. Take a virtual tour of the Showcase, where guests can immerse themselves in eleven unique countries without a passport.


Trust Disney magic to allow a guest to come to Florida and experience the culture, architecture, cuisine and natives of 11 countries! World Showcase in Epcot brings Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East all to Central Florida. Epcot is definitely a park that focuses on fun for grownups.

1983: First Night of Joy (Magic Kingdom Park)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 13 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Amanda White, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

In 1983, the first Night of Joy contemporary Christian music festival was held at Magic Kingdom Park. Today, here are some insider secrets to make the most of your NOJ journey.

The Secret’s Out: The Magic of Molokai

It was a steamy day, and I was standing in an intimate pose—forehead against forehead—with a man I’d never met before; a man wearing a pair of wild boar tusks around his neck, at that. We stood on the cusp of the sacred Halawa Valley on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Together, we both inhaled, and as I looked up into his eyes I caught a flash of knowing wisdom, and then all too quickly we separated. As the valley kupuna (revered elder), this man had been responsible for allowing me passage into this part of the island (through a series of ritual conch calls and chants), and as the keeper of this protocol he allowed me a peek into Molokai’s sacred—but no longer so totally secret—history.

To enter the Halawa Valley, you must leave an offering of thanks.

1982: Epcot

Editor’s Note: This post is part 12 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat By Deborah Bowen, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

In 1982, Epcot, still perhaps the most unique theme park in the world, opened its gates as Walt Disney World Resort’s second theme park. Learn how to make your Epcot experience a memorable one for the entire family.

1981: Construction Continues on Walt Disney World Monorail Extension

Editor’s Note: This post is part 11 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Thank you to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel for this post.

In 1981, transportation for guests became even easier with the extension of the Walt Disney World Monorail. Learn how to most effectively maneuver the myriad of transportation systems Disney offers around its parks, resorts and other attractions.