Do you know the truth? Now is your chance to find out. Here is how the game works: I will give you a question with four possible answers. Only one of them is true, but I am not telling you which one. Mwahahaha. Your job is to leave a comment giving your argument on which story is correct (or which three are incorrect if you prefer).
Have you ever been to Epcot in the rain? You might not have noticed this immediately, but think about Spaceship Earth. If it was raining even a little bit, water that lands on the “ball” would be channeled to the sides before falling to the ground. If you walked under the Spaceship Earth, in that brief moment before you are directly underneath, there would just be a constant wall of rain because it is a geodesic dome (I always called it a sphere). Having realized this, Disney designed the sphere so that the rainwater is collected then funneled away instead of drenching the guests. So my question to you is: where does the rainwater go after it is collected from Spaceship Earth in Epcot?
Some of the exhibits in The Seas with Nemo and Friends are for freshwater animals. Where do they get all of this water? Some comes from the sky. Whenever it rains over Spaceship Earth, the water is stored, filtered and funneled away to the exhibits that use freshwater instead of salt water. If you’re wondering why they would need to keep adding water to this indoor exhibit, well, it’s the simple laws of evaporation. The heat from the lights causes a constant source of evaporation creating the almost constant need for water replenishment. This is ecofriendly and saves gallons upon gallons of water for Disney.
The World Showcase lagoon is what separates Future World from, well, World Showcase. This is the huge body of water where Epcot’s fireworks extravaganza takes place. The water has to get there somehow, right? In addition to water naturally falling into the lagoon, whenever it rains, the water falling over Spaceship Earth is piped back to the World Showcase lagoon. After all, you can never have too much water there.
The rainwater is actually used to water the plants in Listen to the Land. Disney wanted the plants to grow as naturally as possible and they try to keep many variables the same (except, of course, the shape of some of some of the vegetables aren’t naturally Mickey heads). The hoses you can sometimes find a Cast Member using to water the greens are piped into the rainwater collection system. Since innovention is the name of the game at EPCOT, this use of rainwater is probably not as farfetched as it first seemed.
The rainwater that is redirected from the sphere refills the Fountain of Nations. Think about it. That’s a lot of water! They do reuse the fountain water with previous show water daily, but when the fountain is emptied out for cleaning and collecting all the coins for charity, it is partially refilled with the stored rainwater. They try to keep the water as clean as possible so it isn’t hazardous if a guest drinks it.
Okay, Disney fans, where does the rainwater collected from Spaceship Earth go? Let me know which story you think is correct (or if you prefer, which ones are not) below.
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Quote of the week: “Put that thing back where it came from or so help me. So help me! So help me! And cut…heeheehee.” - Mike Wazowski, Monsters Inc.
Makena is a 14 year old high school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family. Makena began blogging for WDW Radio in December 2011.