Disney Vacation Fun: Epcot Trivia

12640416_10153433059771234_7431756683618732860_oA few weeks ago we chatted about Magic Kingdom trivia, so now it’s time to blow your friends away with these facts about EPCOT.  Now Walt had a concept for Epcot that was not fully fulfilled.  Walt originally wanted Epcot to be a place for his Cast Members to live.  If you’ve ever been to Epcot before you will know that this did not happen.  Although if you join the Disney family through the Disney College Program they do have some off site housing for you.  Enough of the background information, here’s your newest list of trivia to impress your friends.

What does EPCOT stand for?

It stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.  This is why originally Epcot was going to be a functioning community for the cast members to live in.  A few years ago you may have noticed that the letters changed from being all capitalized to just the E.  Regardless, ask a cast member and they will tell you that Epcot still stands for Experimental prototype community of tomorrow.

How tall is Spaceship Earth?

Spaceship Earth reaches a total height of 180 feet.  Like Cinderella’s Castle it stays below the requirement for placing an aircraft-warning beacon on the top and ruining the magic.  It also weighs a colossal 16 million pounds.

Why is the fountain in the center of Future World called Fountain of Nations?

The fountain got its name because at the opening ceremonies at Epcot water from 23 countries were poured into this fountain.  The water was taken from rivers, oceans, or lakes from the different countries.

How long is the walk around the world showcase?

It is 1.2 miles long, imagine how much of all that delicious food you could burn off just walking around!

How many countries are in the World Showcase?

There are eleven counties located around the World Showcase.  These are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.

How many rides are there in the World Showcase?

Believe it or not there are only two rides located in the World Showcase.  They are located in Mexico and Norway.  Many of the countries have films but these are not rides.  Germany was supposed to have a ride but it never happened.  There is actually an empty building in Germany that was supposed to house the river ride.

What countries never made it to Epcot’s World Showcase?

Three countries were planned to join the others in the World Showcase: Israel, Spain, and Africa.  None of these would have had any attractions either.  Israel was to have a theater for music from the country.  Spain was going to have a film.  And Africa was going to have both.  Now, yes there is the African Outpost but they were planning on having a full African country not just the outpost.

What country does not light up during IllumiNations?

Morocco is not illuminated during the show due to religious reasons.  Out of respect Disney decided that they would follow the religious beliefs and not illuminate the country keeping it authentic.

How many fireworks are released during IllumiNations?

During the entire show an astounding 1105 fireworks are shot off during each night of the show.  Main points that the fireworks are shot off from are China, Italy, U.S., Japan, and the lagoon. 

Can you see another park from Epcot?

Yes you can see the Hollywood Studios, the top of the Tower of Terror is visible.  If you stand at the conference center and look out towards Morocco you can see that top of Tower of Terror.  It was more visible when the Tower of Terror was originally built, but Imagineers tried to blend it in better by repainting the back of the Tower.

Here’s your random trivia question.

How many places are there on Walt Disney World property to get something to eat?

There are around 470 different places for you to grab a bite to eat on property. 

There you have it, Epcot’s fun facts to help you impress and stump your friends.  Now remember there are tons 0f trivia and facts about all of the Disney parks.  It’s just a matter of finding out about them.  Cast Members are a great resource for these facts.  You can even ask more than one, everyone knows a little more than the next person after all.  Feel free to share your own trivia and facts as well.  I try to keep the list short for you but please share with the rest of us! 

Until next time friends, have faith and trust, and may Epcot and all the countries shower you in pixie dust.

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Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!

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