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    World Showcase Lagoon

    I have a question about the World Showcase lagoon in Epcot. (Actually, my wife asked me this one).

    Is the lagoon natural or man-made, like Bay Lake?

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    I'm not comletly certain but I belive the WS lagoon is man-made. Bay lake however (the lake on the shores of which the Wilderness lodge and Fort Wilderness set) is not man-made. That said the adjoining seven seas lagoon (the lake inside the monorail loops to the Magic kingdom) is man-made. Also, during the preperation of the property for developement in the late 60's Bay lake was divided in half and first one half was emptied and dreged of swamp muck, then they refilled that portion with water and cleaned the other half, when they got to the bottom of the muck they found a large deposit of sand, sand which they then used to make the beaches on the seven seas lagoon.

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    Hmmm...

    I still confuse Bay Lake with the Seven Seas Lagoon for some reason.
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    WS lagoon is man-made, I have an article from Epcot center construction news vol1, no. 4 titled

    WORLD SHOWCASE LAGOON FILLING UNDERWAY
    The seawalls are completed, the three future islands are landscaped and the summer monsoon season has arrived, all signifying a perfect time to begin filling World Showcase Lagoon; a 40-acre man-made body of water designed to be a visual centerpiece around which Epcot Center is spread.

    Up until recent weeks, the Lagoon has been little more than a muddy pond, but with the turning on of pumps June 1, it will soon take on the stature of a major lake.

    World Showcase Lagoon is part of an intricate system of canals and flood control gates crisscrossing Walt




    Disney World's 27,400 acres of property, making up the Reedy Creek Improvement District. For a number of weeks, the district has been filling lakes and canals upstream of the Lagoon in anticipation of thJ~ June 1 st fill date.

    On June 1, with no fanfare, the pumps were turned. on and the Lagoon began receiving millions of gallons of water. The water is being pumped out of the Walt Disney World canal and flood control system, not the underground aquifer. The lake will also receive a boost in the form of natural rainfall, which begins in earnest in June.

    It is expected to take up to a month to complete the filling process. . . so if you left your tractor or crane on the Lagoon floor level, you better hustle on down there and drive it out!

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    Bay Lake is the only natural lake on the property. Or at least in public access.

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    7 seas, man made? but connected to a natural (bay lake)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alalune042
    7 seas, man made? but connected to a natural (bay lake)?
    Yes, although I was not there prior to construction that is what I have always heard and read.:mickey:
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    Yes that is correct they excavated the Seven seas lagoon and used the dirt to raise the level of the Magic Kingdom, especially those areas towards the center of the park where the utilidoors are. The utiildoor walss were built on ground level, then the areas outside the walls was filled with the dirt from the lagoon excavation. some areas in the park are closer to thier original levels for instance the Rivers of America as those waters are at the same level as the Seven seas lagoon and Bay Lake. Also during the building of WDW Bay Lake it self was divided in half, and one half was emptied while they cleared out the swamp muck, then that half was re-filled and the other side emptied, to repeat the process there, under the muck they discovered sand which was used to make the beaches on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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