Today on October 1st in 1971 one of the most magical places in the world was created, Magic Kingdom!
Today on October 1st in 1982 another one of the most magical places opened, Epcot.
In honor of 44 years of magic here are 44 facts about Magic Kingdom and Epcot!
1.) Over 30 tons of fruit and vegetables are produced yearly at the land pavilion and is served throughout the resort and parks.
2.) Spaceship Earth is 180 ft tall and weighs around 16 million pounds.
3.) To build Epcot Center 54 million cubic feet of dirt was evacuated.
4.) Epcot actually had no thrill rides when they first opened.
5.) If all the water shooters were to go off at once in the Innoventions plaza at Epcot, then they would have 2,000 gallons of water shooting in the air!
6.) Many people think the utilidors are underground, but actually it is built on ground level and the park is on top of it.
7.) Only 10,000 guests showed up on opening day.
8.) The Liberty Tree in Liberty Square is more than 100 years old and the 13 lanterns hanging from it represent the 13 colonies.
9.) Cinderella Castle is actually not made from bricks, but actually fiberglass.
10.) Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland actually has six trains that run, which are I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R. Courageous.
11.) The Eiffel Tower in Epcot’s France is 103 ft tall!
12.) They are more than 26,000 lights in the World Showcase, that is enough to stretch across the Golden Gate Bridge 6 times!
13.) The triangles on Spaceship Earth are made out of alucobond.
14.) Imagineers built a gutter system into Spaceship Earth so that the water can be recycled into the World Showcase Lagoon that surrounds all the pavilions.
15.) Spaceship Earth is the most visited attraction.
16.) The 60 foot Swiss Family Tree house in Adventureland weighs 60 tons.
17.) Both It’s A Small World and Carousel of Progress both made a debut at the World’s Fair!
18.) The Cinderella Castle is 6 feet taller than Space Mountain which is 183 feet tall!
19.) Astro Orbiter was actually called Star Jets in 1974.
20.) The name of the dog in Carousel of Progress is Rover.
21.) The pavements at Epcot are painted a specific colour to enhance the green of the grass and make pictures taken there look brighter.
22.) 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 center of Walt Disney World.
23.) There are 11 countries in the world showcase! Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.
24.) Mexico is the only country not to light up during illuminations this is due to religious reasons
25.) Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” video was filmed at Epcot’s China Pavilion.
26.) The names of the Jungle Cruise River boats are: Amazon Annie, Bomokandi Bertha, Congo Connie, Ganges Gertie, Irrawaddy Irma, Mongala Millie, Nile Nelly, Orinoco Ida, Rutshuru Ruby, Sankuru Sadie, Senegel Sal, Ucvali Lolly, Volta Val, Wamba Wanda, Zambesi Zelda.
27.) Depending where you are at in the park, you can actually be on Magic Kingdom’s third story.
28.) Splash Mountain makes a 5 story plunge at a 45 degree angle.
29.) Tomorrowland Transit Authority was originally known as WEDway People Mover in honor of Walter Elias Disney.
30.) The Walter Elias Railroad is actually a 1928 steam powered train.
31.) Italy’s 83 foot bell tower is an exact replica of the one in St Mark’s Square Venice even down to the gold leaf covering at the top!
32.) The worlds show case, Germany once had a River Rhine ride planned however it never made it even though a building had been constructed to house it.
33.) It took three years to construct Epcot.
34.) The 16 minute journey through time takes guests from the dawn of communications through the modern age of technology, and gives them a vision for the future. The story was created with the help of noted science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
35.) According to a press release from the Bell System, Spaceship Earth weighed 16 million pounds and that was “more than three times the weight of the NASA space shuttle fully prepared for launch.”
36.) The Liberty Bell replica found in the center of Liberty Square was built out of the same cast mold as the original Liberty Bell located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
37.) The now extinct Mickey’s Toontown Fair was originally known as Birthdayland and then Mickey’s Starland.
38.) To bcome a Galactic Hero at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin you need to score at least 900,000 points.
39.) The swinging suspension bridge that you travel to cross Tom Sawyer island to Fort Langhorne was named after Samuel Langhorne Clemens who most of us know as Mark Twain.
40.) On the Jungle Cruise attraction the name of the head salesman who offers two shrunken heads for one of the passengers is Trader Sam.
Hope you enjoyed these 40 facts of Epcot and Magic Kingdom!
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