Did You Know?
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!