The title pretty much says it all, but we’ll elaborate. Ever since Disney announced the D23 event for Epcot’s 30th anniversary occurring on September 30th with an up-charge to attend, guests have been wondering if Disney was going to do anything for park guests on October 1st, the actual 30th anniversary. With the latest release of the annual passholder newsletter, The Mickey Monitor, Disney essentially cements the suspicions that nothing is planned for October 1st.
The calendar sections of the newsletter make no mention of the date and all that is given is a passing reference to the date itself and special merchandise that will be available. Previously, even minor events like those celebrating the yearly anniversaries of Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are mapped out with events detailed in the Mickey Monitor for passholders to attend. They may not be major events even, just minor showings involving cupcakes and symbolism, but they are added to the calendars and noted as “things” for passholders to attend. It seems the fear that D23′s event would completely replace any actual in-park event for Epcot’s 30th were well founded.
If you were still doubting, consider that the event is 45 days out, the D23 event the day prior has been sold out for a while, and Disney has still made no announcement of any changes to Epcot’s hours or schedule or offerings for it’s 30th anniversary. Here’s the relevant mention of the anniversary from the Mickey Monitor: