EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982, as the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Florida. The first park being the Magic Kingdom. It was bigger but took a while to catch on to become the beloved full-day destination it is now.
Finding merchandise from the early years of the park is always a treat! The name of the park has changed over the years, first dropping the ‘Center’, then lettering ‘epcot’ in capitals, then not, then doing so again. For some, Epcot will always be the center of Walt Disney World!
I recently found a set of EPCOT Center Salt & Pepper Shakers from the first year of the park:
Spaceship Earth looks amazing on this shaker set. If I had to find a flaw, I’d say that it would have been nice if the images weren’t simply repeated on both shakers.
Of course, the one hole for pepper and three holes for salt is consistent with other shakers. You should always count the holes in any shaker set you buy to make sure they are different, and someone hasn’t put two salts or two peppers together to make a set. Some people can be so spicy!
I bought these from a private seller for just $5.00 and then promptly broke one. Arghh! Normally I discard broken items as I don’t want them in my collection. I am making an exception in this case until I can find a replacement for the salt shaker.
The other thing I am definite about before buying salt & pepper shakers is that they have the original plugs in the bottom. These do have the plastic plugs in perfect condition.
It’s rare for pieces of merchandise like this to have a date on them. But these are stamped with ‘copyright’ 1982 Disney and the place of manufacture as Japan. So these would have been sold at the park between October and December of 1982, or possibly in the first few months of 1983 as left over stock.
The hunt for an EPCOT Center Salt Shaker is on!