Okay, I’ll admit it. If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a HUGE trivia geek. Numbers, statistics, facts, they just fascinate me. When walking through the parks, I can’t help but spiel out what my family jokingly calls, “random useless trivia.” 🙂 To help you sound smarter next time you go, here’s a few of my favorite general facts about Epcot!
EPCOT is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. A park of innovation, culture, and learning, it occupies over 300 acres. It took a crew of nearly 3,000 designers, 22 general contractors, 500 subcontractors, and more than 10,000 workers from 18 labor unions. Groundbreaking began on October 1, 1979, and it took exactly three years to the day to clear the land and construct Future World and World Showcase. Epcot was the largest construction project in the country during 1979-1982. Wonder why? Well for one thing, they had to move 54 million cubic feet of dirt.
The park’s icon, Spaceship Earth, took 26 months and 1,700 tons of steel to build. It is 180 feet tall, and weighs an estimated 16 million pounds. The shell is composed of 11,324 of triangular panels of a smooth, flexible, lightweight, yet stable, weather resistant, shock resistant unbreakable substance called alucobond (ALUminum COmposite BOND.) While most think of Spaceship Earth as a sphere, it is actually somewhat oblong and thus a geodesic sphere. The outside surface is 150,000 square feet, and inside volume is 2.2 million cubic feet.
Located in Innoventions Plaza, is Walt Disney World’s largest fountain, the Fountain of Nations. It contains more than 108,000 gallons of water and its 304 nozzles can shoot water 150 feet in the air! If all of them were fired at the same time, there would be about 2,000 gallons of water in the air. Continuing with the aquatic theme, have you ever noticed that when it’s raining, water doesn’t pour water off the sides of Spaceship Earth? The cladding of the structure was designed so that rain is collected through the facets’ 1 inch gaps, races through the gutter system until it reaches the World Showcase Lagoon.
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