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.
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.
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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Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you have a costume yet? Here’s some help from a Heffalump. Just grab a mask! It’s quick, easy, adorably cute and (in this case) retro – 1977, to be exact!
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Today back in 1955, the “Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on ABC. Thursdays on the “Mickey Mouse Club” used to be Circus Day. With today being Thursday, let’s celebrate Circus Day by journeying back to Epcot in 1987 when a circus with “intergalactic thrills” entertained guests in Future World four times a day.
With a “center ring” 400 feet in diameter and Spaceship Earth as its backdrop, the Daredevil Circus Spectacular brought an “international cast of spine-tingling acts” to Epcot for a 30-minute show.
Known as a “cosmic thrill show, like no circus in the universe,” Daredevil Circus Spectacular included elephants, acrobats, motorcyclists, the Wheel of Destiny, a tightrope walker and a nine-member trapeze troupe. Maybe a little too “death-defying” for Circus Day on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” but non-stop, action packed fun at Epcot.
Beating drums, igniting torches and dancing puppets – in September 1999, World Showcase at Epcot ushered in the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration when Tapestry of Nations began its soft opening.
Led by The Sage of Time, this parade showcased drummers riding aboard rolling percussion units and performers bringing puppets, designed by artist Michael Curry, to life from the Mexico pavilion to the Canada pavilion.
Tapestry of Nations was performed twice nightly and showcased eight different puppets – Angel, Aztec, Birdman, Discman, Hammerman, Reverse Marionette, Sprite and Wiggle Girl.
Take a close look at the puppeteer above. Sure, it’s from thirteen years ago, but that smile is still recognizable.
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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In its honor let’s celebrate two of my favorite Neverland pirates – Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. It appears that this dastardly duo found themselves in a bit of a bind when they ran into Peter Pan and the crocodile in Magic Kingdom Park back in 1981. Arrrrrrgh, mateys!
Back in 1972, a visit to the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort looked a tad bit different than it does today when dining at the recently re-opened California Grill.
What we now know as California Grill was originally Top of the World Restaurant and Top of the World Lounge when it opened on October 1, 1971. It was also home to the “Broadway at the Top” dinner show running from June 1981 until September 1993. Then in May of 1995 the space opened as the California Grill.
And while the space may have evolved over the years, one thing has never changed – the spectacular views of Magic Kingdom Park from the 15th floor. (Of course, the Magic Kingdom Park skyline has changed over the years too.)
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It’s Opening Day for the Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-Imagined California Grill
New Sweet Endings for Re-Imagined California Grill at Walt Disney World
This week back in 1984, the Morocco Pavilion opened to guests at Epcot. Featuring replicas of well-know Moroccan landmarks, this was the first new pavilion in World Showcase since the park’s opening. Here’s an aerial view of the pavilion still under construction back in March of 1984.
Koutoubia Minaret, the tower located at the Morocco Pavilion, is a replica of the one found at Koutoubia Mosque in the city of Marrakech. This World Showcase pavilion is also home to two restaurants – Restaurant Marrakesh and the Tangierine Cafe.
Whether it is enjoying the ambiance, browsing the shops or sampling the local cuisine, the Morocco Pavilion is a great place to spend some time while traveling the World Showcase. You just never know what Disney friends you might catch a glimpse of too while visiting.
Here’s a look at our own boys of summer at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1973. Goofy, Mickey, Chip and Dale are ready for a little game of baseball outside Cinderella Castle. Batter up!
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The day of August 22, 1987, saw a milestone in the building of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, as the resort’s 10,150-pound cupola was hoisted into place.
This Resort, inspired by Florida beach resorts of the 19th Century, began construction in 1986 and opened in the summer of 1988. Here’s a look at the Resort under construction in September of 1987.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa continues to create “grand” vacations for guests at Walt Disney World Resort.
Happy National Relaxation Day! In honor, I’ll be writing as few words as possible (I’m taking it easy), but will allow Goofy to demonstrate the power of relaxation in this photograph from 1979 at Disney’s River Country. He’s found the perfect way to beat the heat on a warm August day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Splash down!