One of my favorite things to stop and watch while I stroll through my favorite parks EPCOT is the Fountain of Nations. It’s a spectacle to behold that I think many visitors often overlook. For 20 plus years it has been a must do for me as much as Horizons, Test Track or Soarin’. For those of you who don’t know what the Fountain represents, I’m about to tell you.
The Fountain was present on opening day in 1982. At the opening day ceremonies, over 20 countries representatives were there to help accomplish the International Ceremony of the Waters and Dedication of the Fountain of the World Fellowship. The ceremony was lead by Lillian Disney. Each representative poured a gallon of water from their country into the Fountain as a symbol of world peace and fellowship. Water poured into the Fountain included:
The Adriatic Sea
The Artic Ocean
The Cauca River
The Yangtze River
The Trevi Fountain
The Nile River
Tivoli Gardens Lake
Sea of Japan
The River Thames
The Mananares River
The Meuse River
The Philippine Sea
The Senegambia River
The Xochimilco in Mexico City
The Fountain is located just as you pass under Spaceship Earth located in Innoventions Plaza. It “water show” uses over 200 thousand gallons of water and has 300 water nozzles that can shoot the water up to 150 feet in the air. The show is set to music from John Tesh, Yanni, and classic Disney movies like The Rocketeer and The Rescuers Down Under.
During the re-dedication ceremony for the 25th Anniversary, representatives from the countries returned for the “Pouring of the Waters” ceremony and poured another gallon of water from their native countries into the fountain once again.
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