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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tip Tuesday: The Fountain of Nations

Fountain of Nations

Welcome to another Tip Tuesday!

This week, let's head back to Epcot for another installment of "take your time."

There is so much to see and do at Epcot, that sometimes the most obvious things can be overlooked, especially by guests racing to grab a FastPass for Soarin' or Test Track.

Some of the more impressive presentations at Epcot don't have a FastPass machine, a big standby line or even a queue for that matter.

With this in mind, let's take a look at one of the more impressive performances that takes place every 15 minutes right in front of Spaceship Earth.

I'm talking about the Fountain of Nations, which has a long history that embodies the spirit of Epcot from day one. It's also the largest fountain at Walt Disney World, holding more than 150,000 gallons of water.

With the new World of Color water show about to officially debut over at Disney's California Adventure, I thought I'd take a look at one of the attractions that pioneered water shows.

Of course, Epcot (actually EPCOT Center back then) was dedicated in October 1982. Near the end of that month, cast members from each of the World Showcase pavilions (and representing their host country) brought a one-gallon container of water from their host country and poured it into the then-called Communicore Fountain.

Over the years the fountain at the center of Innoventions Plaza has been known as the Communicore Fountain, the World Fellowship Fountain, the Fountain of World Friendship and more. Today it is most commonly referred to as the Fountain of Nations.

As I mentioned before, every 15 minutes, there is a special water show set to music. You'll probably recognize a few tunes including clips from the Rocketeer soundtrack. The fountain is made up of more than 200 nozzles that can shoot more than 50 gallons of water as high as 150 feet. The computer controlled water ballet has water dancing all over the fountain area, timed and choreographed to the music.

On some days, the water doesn't get quite as high, especially windy days. Even so, you'll want to see how the wind is blowing so you don't get wet while watching this presentation.

I encourage you to see the show both during the day and at night. There are more than 1,000 lights to illuminate the water show at night. It's a great sight and well worth watching.

As you watch, just remember what this fountain represents -- how all nations of the world can come together to be one.

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