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WDW Magazine - - Content - BY TERRI MILLER

There’s so much to be dis­cov­ered at Ep­cot! Last month, we dis­cussed World Show­case, so this month, let’s make a few dis­cov­er­ies about Fu­ture World. You’ve likely heard about the Utili­dors at the Magic King­dom, but in Ep­cot’s Fu­ture World, they have their own “tun­nels” as well! These tun­nels are un­der­neath cer­tain sec­tions of Fu­ture World, in or­der to trans­port trash, mer­chan­dise, and sup­plies to dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the park, so your guest ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t dis­rupted by carts and ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing these items “on­stage.”

While mov­ing through the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the Seas with Nemo & Friends queue, guests pass through a room filled with sandy hills and a life­guard stand. A sign in the beach room fea­tures a ref­er­ence to the ad­dress 1401 Coastal High­way, which many guests just as­sume is a made up “beachy” sound­ing ad­dress. But this is Dis­ney—ev­ery­thing has a mean­ing! The sign ac­tu­ally pays trib­ute to Walt Dis­ney Imag­i­neer­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, which is lo­cated at 1401 Flower Street in Glen­dale!

The Seas Pavil­ion is home to about 3,000 dif­fer­ent sea in­hab­i­tants. They live in the 5.7 mil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter that fill the tank. There are 56 gi­ant win­dows that al­low guests to get a look. When the tank was filled with wa­ter, 27 truck­loads of salt had to be de­liv­ered and added to the wa­ter in or­der to make the salt wa­ter that the fish needed to sur­vive and live in the en­vi­ron­ment. Did you know that Space­ship Earth could be fully sub­merged into The Seas Aquar­ium?

Space­ship Earth is a Ge­o­desic Sphere, and it ac­tu­ally con­tains two spheres. The in­ner sphere con­tains the ride; the outer spheres design al­lows rain­wa­ter to be gath­ered into a gut­ter sys­tem, rather than stream­ing down the sides onto guests be­low in a tor­ren­tial down­pour. The wa­ter is ac­tu­ally ab­sorbed through the outer sphere via small open­ings on the sur­face; the wa­ter is then chan­neled into World Show­case La­goon through the gut­ter sys­tem.

When rid­ing the Liv­ing With the Land boat ride, you will see quite the va­ri­ety of fresh pro­duce that is grown at The Land Pavil­ion. These pro­duce ar­eas aren’t just for show, they are ac­tu­ally served at var­i­ous restau­rants through­out Ep­cot. An av­er­age of 30 tons of fruits and veg­eta­bles are grown per year right from The Land. So, if it’s fresh pro­duce you’re look­ing for—ep­cot is the place to be!

Guests who en­joy Mis­sion: SPACE to­day can still spot a trib­ute to Hori­zons (the for­mer at­trac­tion housed there) while mov­ing through the first area of the in­door por­tion of the queue. As guests move past a large grav­ity wheel on the right-hand side of the queue, they should pay close at­ten­tion to its cen­ter, where the Hori­zons logo can still be seen to­day.

Did you know that the Foun­tain of Na­tions con­tains wa­ters col­lected from 22 dif­fer­ent na­tions? Every 15 min­utes, the foun­tain's 200 pneu­matic can­nons en­ter­tain guests with a metic­u­lously chore­ographed wa­ter bal­let. The next time you're ad­mir­ing a foun­tain show, look to the top of Mouse Gear. You'll see a small de­vice re­sem­bling Wall-e that mon­i­tors the wind and ad­justs the wa­ter­spouts ac­cord­ingly. The whole show is ac­tu­ally con­trolled re­motely, all the way from the Magic King­dom!

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