This year, Epcot will mark its 35th Anniversary on October 1, 2017. Since opening in 1982, the park has invited visitors to experience the excitement of the future and discover the heritage and traditions of cultures worldwide. For guests who will be celebrating at Epcot on October 1, we have created a special “I Was There” merchandise collection. I spoke with Cathy Dawson, merchandise product developer for events, about the commemorative items that include a beloved character from the park’s beginnings.

“For this collection, we honored Epcot’s rich heritage by including Figment from the Journey Into Imagination attraction on all of the ‘I Was There’ items,” explained Cathy. “He’s been at the park since the early days of Epcot and has delighted many guests throughout the years. This retro-inspired collection complements the other 35th anniversary merchandise guests will find all year long.”

Seven items will be released on October 1 including apparel for adults and kids, a hat, an ornament, and a limited release pin. Annual Passholders will find a t-shirt created just for them (please present a valid Annual Pass at time of purchase).

These items will be released at a “pop-up” shop located just past the Art of Disney location in Future World. This will be the only place that will carry these items on October 1. The “I Was There” collection will not be available via Shop Disney Parks app or the online store.

Guests looking for the previously discussed Epcot 35th Anniversary logo collection will find products in select Epcot merchandise locations, such as Mouse Gear, beginning in late September. Select items will also be carried online and via Shop Disney Parks app.