RetroMagic EPCOT 40 is SOLD OUT

Why Join Us Celebrating 40+ years of EPCOT Center

Great Speakers

Hear firsthand stories about Epcot Center's development from the Imagineers who dared to dream

Historic Displays

Meet Imagineers one-on-one and see rare ephemera in our Centorium Archive & Vendor Area


Mingle with our EPCOT pioneers at an intimate, separately-ticketed VIP Cocktail Reception

Meet our Special Guests

Steve & Linda Alcorn

Electronic Engineers: World of Motion, Canada, China, France, The American Adventure, and more

Tony Baxter

Disney Legend. Lead Designer: Journey Into Imagination

Russell Brower

Composer & Sound Designer: ImageWorks, Innoventions, The Living Seas

Trevor Bryant

Production Designer: Horizons

Michael Crawford

Author & Host: Progress City Radio Hour

Scott Curtis

Voice of “Buzzy,” Cranium Command

Hugh Darley

Senior Graphic Designer: World Showcase

John Decuir Jr.

Concept Designer: EPCOT Center

Peggie Fariss

Show Producer: Spaceship Earth & Coordinator: Epcot Advisory Councils

Dave “Davey” Feiten

Audioanimatronic™ Animator: EPCOT Center

Billy Flanigan

Performer: Epcot Center Opening Ceremonies

Bob Gurr

Disney Legend

Bob Holland

Resident Engineer: Epcot Center

Tom Morris

Production Designer & Field Art Director: Journey Into Imagination

Jerry Rees

Writer & Director: Cranium Command

Jim Sarno

Sculptor: Journey Into Imagination & The Land

Sally Stevens

Vocalist: Tomorrow's Child

Tad Stones

Designer: Journey Into Imagination & World of Motion

Tammy Tuckey


Richard Vaughn

Designer & Sculptor: Spaceship Earth

Schedule Details Event Schedules

3:30 PM Grand Harbor Lobby

Gold Key RetroMagic Event Check-In

Arrive Yacht Club Convention Center and proceed down the Convention Center Lobby; please stop at the Registration desk on the left to have your ticket scanned. Your lanyard and credentials must be worn at all times when entering the ballroom and exhibits.

3:30 – 4:00 PM Grand Harbor Lobby

Sponsors Lounge Cocktail Reception Check-In

VIP World Passport and VIP Reception ticket holders may check-in for the Cocktail Reception and RetroMagic event at this time.

Arrive at the Yacht Club Convention Center and proceed down the Convention Center Lobby; please stop at the Registration desk on the left to have your ticket scanned. Your lanyard and credentials must be worn at all times when entering the ballroom and exhibits.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Cape Cod Lobby

VIP Cocktail Reception Sponsor’s Lounge & World Passport only

You will have the opportunity to view our Centorium historical displays, connect with your fellow peers and mingle with our VIP guests! An open bar and sumptuous array of culinary offerings await you. This event is ONLY for VIP World Passport or VIP Event-Only ticket holders.

5:00 PM Grand Harbor Lobby

General Admission RetroMagic Event Check-In

Arrive at the Yacht Club Convention Center and proceed down the Convention Center Lobby; please stop at the Registration desk on the left to have your ticket scanned. Your lanyard and credentials must be worn at all times when entering the ballroom and exhibits.

5:30 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Ballroom Doors Open - Gold Key & World Passport tickets

6:00 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Ballroom Doors Open - General Admission tickets

6:30 – 6:45 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

RetroMagic EPCOT 40 - Welcome

The LBVHistory Board of Directors welcome you to RetroMagic with an opening film and presentation.

6:45 – 7:00 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Learn about Ted Linhart’s rare EPCOT documents and pamphlets that you can see first hand on display in the Centorium. Follow @TedOnTV on Twitter.

7:00 – 8:25 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Using Your Head: Cranium Command

From storyboarding & casting to model building & set design, hear the first hand story of how Cranium Command changed course for the better when Jerry Rees took the helm. Actor Scott Curtis joins us to expand the story through the filming and playing the role of Bobby in the attraction. A not-to-miss session with many, many surprises along the way!

8:25 – 8:30 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Day 1 Wrap Up

8:00 AM

RetroMagic Check-In

At the check-in desk in the Grand Harbor Lobby

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Buffet Breakfast Service

Assorted Juices, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Fresh Brewed Decaffeinated Coffee, and Selection of Teas. Seasonal Fresh-cut Fruit, Cage-free Scrambled Eggs, Mickey Waffles with Maple Syrup, Seasonal Berries, and Whipped Cream. Steel-cut Oatmeal cooked with Coconut Milk, Cinnamon, and Honey, served with Brown Sugar and Dried Fruits. Smoked Bacon, Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

9:00 - 9:10 AM Grand Harbor Ballroom

RetroMagic EPCOT 40 - Day 2 Opening and Welcome

Tammy Tuckey & Billy Flanigan open Day Two with a musical number as we celebrate EPCOT Center’s 41st Birthday!

9:10 - 10:10 AM Grand Harbor Ballroom

We Can Do It! Building EPCOT Center

Take an in depth and technical look at the challenges that Imagineers faced when designing, planning and building EPCOT Center. Disney Legend Bob Gurr and Imagineers Steve Alcorn and Bob Holland dig deep into the muck of building EPCOT.

10:10 - 10:30 AM Grand Harbor Ballroom

Modeling EPCOT Center

Fan favorite Imagineer, Jim Sarno, is back to recount his modeling experience on a variety of attractions. SMRT-1, LIsten to the Land, Wonders of Life, Journey into Imagination and the Land fountain are just some of his many projects!

10:30 - 11:00 AM


An opportunity to meet with attendees for photos, autographs, book signings, etc.

11:00 - 11:30 AM Grand Harbor Ballroom

There’s No Place like World Showcase

The spectacle that is World Showcase is often overlooked; but we’re taking a dive into the research, construction and development of the original pavilions. And just what did “βΦθIΨ is a Mama’s Boy” mean? Come find out! Hugh Darley fills in the blanks.

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Grand Harbor Ballroom

It’s Fun to Be Free: World of Motion

With 188 of the 406 animatronics in Future World, World of Motion is a lost attraction that deserves more recognition. David Feiten and Tad Stones take us through the ride pointing out what made this the final masterpiece from legendary Imagineers.

12:10 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Break

Enjoy lunch on your own at a nearby dining venue in the resorts around the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake or, for those with park admission, take advantage of International Gateway and dine in World Showcase.

1:45 - 2:35 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Grand and Miraculous: Spaceship Earth

You’ll want to thank more than the Phoenicians after this jam-packed panel describing every detail of Spaceship Earth from start to finish. Imagineers Peggie Farris, Richard Vaughn, and John DeCuir Jr. share terrific stories about EPCOT’s park icon.

2:35 - 2:45 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Tomorrow’s Child

Tammy Tuckey discusses the story behind the Spaceship Earth song “Tomorrow’s Child” with singer Sally Stevens before performing the iconic song live.

2:45 - 3:05 PM


An opportunity to meet with attendees for photos, autographs, book signings, etc.

3:05 - 3:45 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Choose Your Own Adventure: Horizons

Imagineer and modeler Trevor Bryant takes you through the history of Horizons including model making and set manufacturing; featuring never before seen photos of the attraction and construction!

3:45 - 4:05 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Horizons: Revisited

Take the trip you’ve always imagined, again! LBVHistory presents its re-mastered ride-through of Horizons including all 3 endings!

4:05 - 4:25 PM


An opportunity to meet with attendees for photos, autographs, book signings, etc.

4:25 - 4:40 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Journey Into Imagination: Revisited

Step back in time and relive the attraction in its original form. LBVHistory presents its re-mastered ride through JII that was months in the making.

4:40 - 5:50 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

One Little Spark: Journey into Imagination

Disney Legend Tony Baxter, Tom Morris and Russell Brower take you through a whimsical and imaginative journey into the creative process behind the most beloved and missed attractions.

5:50 - 6:05 PM North Grand Harbor Ballroom

Wrap up and Closing Musical Number

The LBVHS Board says goodbye as a final musical performance closes out RetroMagic EPCOT 40!

Pricing Plans Get your Ticket



0 Remaining Tickets

Includes the Saturday-night Welcome Event, Sunday presentations, and access to the Centorium Archive area


Gold Key
Preferred Seats


0 Remaining Tickets

Preferred seating closest to the stage on Sunday plus everything else included with General Admission


Sponsor’s Lounge VIP Cocktail Reception


0 Remaining Tickets

A separately-ticketed VIP event with EPCOT pioneers, a culinary cabaret of hors d’oeuvres, and open bar


VIP World Passport


0 Remaining Tickets

Admission to both RetroMagic with a Gold Key ticket with Preferred Seating + Sponsor's Lounge VIP Cocktail Party


General Admission Gold Key Sponsor’s Lounge World Passport
Welcome Event
Centorium Access
Sunday Presentations
Preferred Seating
Saturday Cocktail Reception

Tickets do NOT include admission to any Walt Disney World Theme Park, parking or other Disney imposed fees/charges. All ticket purchases are final; refunds will only be provided if the entire event is canceled. RetroWDW reserves the right to change venues and modify the plans to as required by Disney Event Services. This is a private event that is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World or D23.

Filming, photography, and other recordings will take place at this event. By attending, you consent to and authorize RetroWDW and LBVHS to record you via audio, video or the similar to be used for distribution on our website.

Know before you go Important Information

Discounted Hotel Rooms

Some of you have inquired about discounted rooms for the weekend of RetroMagic. We recently learned that Disney no longer offers discounted room blocks for groups “as small” as ours.

However, we are pleased to share that we have partnered with Nicole Eule at Cruise Planners and are able to offer a limited number of discounted rooms next door to the Yacht Club at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel for a total price of $320 per night, which includes resort fees and hotel taxes.

RetroMagic’s weekend events are a short walk over the bridge between Yacht Club and the Dolphin at a price that’s less than half* the cost of a comparable room at the Yacht Club resort.

Please note these are “run of the house” rates meaning that a bed type is not guaranteed. If you wish to guarantee a room with either one king size bed or two queen sized beds, there is an additional cost of $20 per night. Additionally, self-parking is $32 per night. Valet parking is also available for $42 per night.

We hope that this discounted pricing makes a stay in a deluxe resort next to our event venue an obtainable option for RetroMagic attendees.

*At the time of this post, a Resort View room at the Yacht Club with either a King or two Queen beds is showing a price of $748 per night with tax.


Disney has informed us the Yacht and Beach Club parking lots will NOT be available to attendees due to construction and preparation for the large Gartner technology conference happening in the weeks after our event. If you are planning to stay on Disney property we strongly recommend you book a room in the Crescent Lake/Boardwalk area or along the Skyliner route (Pop Century, Art of Animation, Riviera Resort or Caribbean Beach) as both options will make it possible for you to walk to the event.

Other options include:

  • Park at Disney's Hollywood Studios and take a Friendship water taxi to the Yacht Club or utilize the Skyway to the EPCOT station.
  • Park at EPCOT and, for those with park admission, walk to International Gateway to the Yacht Club.
  • Take a Minnie Van, rideshare or taxicab from EPCOT’s parking lot or from your nearby resort or lodging directly to the Yacht Club.
  • Park at Disney Springs and take the bus to the Yacht Club.

Accessible parking will be available at Yacht Club utilizing complimentary valet parking for those with valid accessible parking placards or plates.

Items for Signing

You are encouraged to purchase books authored by or featuring our guests to be signed at the event. Some books by our guests include:

  • Peggie Farris in “Women of Walt Disney Imagineering”: Buy on Amazon
  • Sally Stevens memoir “I Sang That”: Buy on Amazon
  • Steve Alcorn’s “Building A Better Mouse”: Buy on Amazon
  • Disney Legend Tom Nabbe will be appearing in the Centorium signing books and autographs but will not appear on stage. Tom will have copies of his book on hand but if you wish to purchase one beforehand you can do so here: Buy on Amazon