20+ Epcot Fun Facts

Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park sprawls across an enormous 305 acres, the expanse makes it three times larger than the Resort's first gate, the Magic Kingdom. Since it opened on Oct. 1, 1982 - Epcot has been welcoming guests to explore a world of new ideas and technology amongst a with a kaleidoscope of nations so that we may celebrate the cultural heritage and achievements of the inhabitants of earth. Read on to discover some Fun Facts about Epcot!

Spaceship Earth Lit At NightSpaceship Earth Lit At Night

Walking through the front gate guests will first encounter the iconic Spaceship Earth. This thematic centerpiece of Epcot, measures 165 feet in diameter and encompasses 2.2 million cubic feet of space. The outer "skin" of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles.

An innovative feature of the stunning geodesic sphere's base is the special drainage system designed to collect rainwater through the supports and funnel the run-off to the Parks lagoon. Why is that so special? Well, it means that when it rains, guests standing beneath Spaceship Earth aren't going to get wet.

If you take the paths to the right and walk from Innovations West towards the Land Pavilion, take note of the round shape on the ground surrounded by quotations from scientists. When standing in the center of the circle, you will find yourself at the geographical center of Walt Disney World.

The beautiful mosaic surrounding the entrance to The Land Pavilion spans a whooping 3,000 square feet. The its organic design was set to evoke feelings of the earthen landscape, and features 150,000 hand set tiles made in 131 colors, and took 3 months to install.

Living with The Land Boats Glide through GreenhousesLiving with The Land Boats Glide through Greenhouses

Soarin' Around The World is a popular stop for Disney fans who enjoy the sensation of taking flight for a trip around the globe. Not bad for an attraction which was based on an erector set model. One million pounds of steel provides the ride structure for each of the theaters, with 37 tons being lifted during each ride cycle.

Guest who take a ride of Living With The Land will get to sail past one very famous "tomato tree." The massive vine is the only one of its kind growing in the United States and has produced a world-record harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes.

Across Future World nearly a mile long and reaching a top speed of 65 mph, Test Track is the longest and fastest ride at a Walt Disney World theme park.

Epcot's gardens are among the most extensive at Walt Disney World Resort. More than 50 horticulture cast members meticulously maintain the Park's themed landscapes year round, and in each Spring they pull out all the stops for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Victoria Gardens Lines the Walkway to Le CellierVictoria Gardens Lines the Walkway to Le Cellier

Entering World Showcase, the United Kingdom Pavilion's Rose & Crown Pub has a specially designed ale warmer that can heat your Guinness to 55 degrees. This is the temperature favored by Brits, though recently the Guinness Company has been on a campaign to drink it cold.

The design of the charming cottage that hosts The Tea Caddy shop is actually based on a cottage built in 1463 in Stratford-upon-Avon. The cottage was the home of Anne Hathaway's and the place where she was courted by her husband-to-be, William Shakespeare.

At the France Pavilion, Walt Disney World's "Eiffel Tower" is a mere 1/10th of its Parisian counterpart. Amongst other natural deterrents, it is coated with a special paint that helps keep birds from landing on it and spoiling the ratio of stature.

In the Italy Pavilion those beautiful statues that look like marble are actually hollow. Because they are so light weight, they are held in place with rods running through their center into the base to keep them from blowing away during inclimate weather.

Fontana di NettunoFontana di Nettuno

The stunning pagoda in the Japan Pavilion has five stories. Each one of these represents one of the five elements in ascending order: earth, water, fire, wind and sky. Buddhists believe that these five things make up everything in the universe.

When filming for the Circle-Vision 360 film seen in the China Pavilion. The Disney crew carried a 300-pound camera up 4,500 steps of the Huangshan Mountain in the Annui Province, that's dedication.

Every Fall the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, uncorks more than 33,000 bottles of wine and champagne, 1.2 million hors d'oeuvre plates are served and 100,000 miniature desserts are dished up.

More than 26,000 feet of lights outline the World Showcase pavilions for the "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" nightly fireworks show. However, if you pay attention you may notice that the Morocco Pavilion stays dark, this is out of respect for the country's Muslim beliefs.

Lasers, waterworks, and fireworks are part of the showLasers, waterworks, and fireworks are part of the show

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