Elephants Are The Future

I had forgotten all about this strange little episode in Walt Disney World history until a friend of mine reminded me about the Epcot space elephants.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Elephants invaded Epcot for a circus spectacular sometime in the mid 80s, and it is indeed everything you could hope for.

The circus was performed in the Communicore plaza, basically right on top of the Fountain of Nations.  The elephants, my friend informs me, were kept backstage somewhere near where Millenium Village is today.  I guess they were paraded through Canada and down the promenade to the stage.  Truly bizarre stuff.

This isn’t really secret info, except that Disney seems to have eradicated all mention of this wonderful space-age big top.  I guess they think it’s embarassing or something.  But of course, youtube is your friend.  Knock yourself out, and thank your lucky stars that the 80s are way behind us.

Shane was raised on a steady diet of EPCOT Center and Kenner action figures. Parkeology is the happy result. He is the creator along with his friend Ted of the WDW47 Challenge and the WDW49 Challenge -- featured by such media giants as CNN, ABC, FoxNews, and the in-flight magazine for Norwegian Air. With his brother Tristan, Shane is the author of the adventure fantasy novels Arabian Heist and Johnny Shipwreck. He currently resides in the Swiss Family Treehouse.

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