Being a Disney Fanatic, we know everything there is to know about Epcot. What the best times are to visit, when the best times to ride the popular attractions are, what restaurants offer the best food and so on and so fourth. When it comes to Epcot, we are experts. But what about what goes on behind he scenes? What about the history of the park? Here are 20 Fascinating Facts about Epcot that even the craziest of Disney Fans are sure to enjoy.
1)-It took 26 months to build Spaceship Earth
2)-Test Track was supposed to reach 95 Miles per hour on the high speed run, but due to the steep, banked corners, it was reduced to 65 miles per hour to prevent the cars from flying off of the track
3)-If Spaceship Earth were actually a real golfball, the golfer would have to be around 1.2 miles tall
4)-At The time Epcot was being constructed, it was the largest project on earth
5)-A tomato tree in the Land Pavilion holds a Guiness World Record for a one-year yield of an amazing 32,000 tomatoes, with a total weight of 1,151 pounds.
6)-Epcot sprawls across a massive 300 acres, making it almost three times as large as the Magic Kingdom.
7)-The Eiffel Tower that stands over the France Pavilion was built at approximately 1/10 scale of the original, stretching 103 feet into the air. The tower is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top, to make it look taller than it actually is. A bird landing on top of it would ruin the illusion, so Disney uses natural bird deterrents to scare them away.
8)-The iconic Spaceship Earth weighs more than 16 million pounds, with its outer skin being made up of 11,324 aluminium and plastic-alloy triangles.
9)-Stand under Spaceship Earth when it is raining, and you won't get wet. The structure boasts a special drainage system designed to collect rainwater, funnel it through the support structure and let it eventually run off into the park's lagoon.
10)-If you walk around the entire World Showcase lagoon, from Mexico to Canada, you've covered a distance of approximately 1.25 miles.
11)-Test Track's circuit is 4,286 feet long, making it the longest ride and Walt Disney World. It is also the fastest, with the finale seeing the cars hit a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
12)-More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables grown in the Land pavilion are served at Walt Disney World restaurants every year.
13)-In the Norway Pavilion there is a talking bench as you dismount Maelstrom, to your right before you get to the theatre doors.
14)-The mosaic surrounding the entrance to The Land Pavilion spans 3,000 square feet. It features 150,000 tiles made in 131 colors, and took 3 months to install.
15)-The Earth Globe that acts as the centerpiece of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth has a diameter of 28 feet and weight 350,000 pounds. The Inferno Barge used by the show can send balls of fire soaring 40 to 60 feet into the air from 37 nozzles, and uses 400 gallons of propane every night. Some 2,8000 fireworks shells are fired during each show.
16)-The second story windows of The Queen’s Table gift shop shows four crests. These are the crests of four prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. From left to right they are Oxford, Eton, Edinburgh, & Cambridge.
17)-The fountain at Epcot Innoventions Plaza can shoot water 150 feet in the air -- within 30 feet of the top of Spaceship Earth. If all of the shooters were fired at once, there would be 2,000 gallons of water in the air.
18)-The pavements at Epcot are painted a specific colour to enhance the green of the grass and make pictures taken there look brighter
19)-In Epcot if you walk from Innovations West towards the Land Pavilion, you may find a round shape on the ground which is surrounded by quotations from scientists, if you stand in this circle then you are in the geographical centre of Walt Disney World.
20)-There is a 100° Fahrenheit temperature difference between the hot and cold test rooms on test track.
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