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Vintage Walt Disney World: Fountain of Nations Dedication at Epcot

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Thirty-one years ago today, The International Ceremony of the Waters and dedication of Fountain of Nations at Epcot in Future World took place. Cultural representatives, selected by their countries, traveled to Epcot with a container of water from their nation and poured it into the fountain during the dedication.

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Twenty-five bodies of water representing 29 nations were poured into the fountain. The Senagambia River brought from Africa represented eight African nations and the mighty Mississippi River represented the United States in the ceremony.

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The fountain holds 149,000 gallons of water with 30,000 gallons cascading over its tiered sides every minute. Today, 200 pneumatic shooters help create dancing waters to various Disney musical selections for guests to enjoy.

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Allen on October 24th, 2013 at 10:09 am

This is awesome, I did not know about all the water poured into the fountain! I haven’t looked that closely, but I think the grassy area where everyone standing does not exist now or am I incorrect? When the park closes I see cast members with Mickey hands waving on stairs that run along the circumference, but not sure what’s below them.

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Anthony on October 24th, 2013 at 10:39 am

I love this! Epcot is, by far, my favorite park. I have such great memories of my childhood attached to it. I really enjoyed Horizons and the Wonders of Life pavilion. Everything was so optimistic and forward looking.

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Robert from FL on October 24th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I wish they would restore the old fountain jets that are hidden under the stage :(

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Robert on October 25th, 2013 at 10:19 am

Has all of this international water been filtered out by now? If the fountain ever went down for refurb did the same water get placed back in?

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Allen on October 25th, 2013 at 10:58 am

@Robert – I thought that same thing for about 2 seconds, but the reality from evaporation and the like probably means there aren’t too many H20 molecules of the original water actually in the fountain. Who knows though, maybe!

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