I read something this morning in last week's issue of the All Ears Net newsletter- my favorite email once a week- about the fountain that sits just beyond Spaceship Earth (the actual name of the giant golf ball thing, in case you didn't know).
Before the park opened on October 1, 1982, representatives from 23 countries and regions collected water from their lakes, streams, rivers and seas. These were not just the countries that are represented in the World Showcase! Each country kept their vessel of water and then during the opening ceremonies, in what was called the "International Ceremony of the Waters", one by one, they poured their water into the fountain to symbolize the international understanding and cooperation for which EPCOT Center stood.
|It was hard to find a good picture!|
The guy who was then CEO and Chairman of Walt Disney Productions, Card Walker, said:
"Joining us around this magnificent fountain are representatives of nations from around the world. They have brought with them waters from the great oceans, the seas, the rivers, and the lakes on our planet, Spaceship Earth. These waters will flow together as a symbol of the oneness of humankind and the hope for peace among nations, making this truly a fountain of world friendship... And now it is my great pleasure to read the bronze plaque officially dedicating EPCOT Center. I'll read it right here: 'To all who come to this place of joy, hope, and friendship, welcome. EPCOT Center is inspired by Walt Disney's creative vision. Here human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform, and inspire, and above all may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere in the world.' Thank you."
Come on! That's awesome and moving and every time I read it I end up with a tear running down my face.
|That thing is hideous. Good riddance!|
Right now at Epcot, there are a lot of pavilions that stand empty and I am really hoping and praying that after this year, when the Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom is done, Disney Parks will focus their attention on Epcot and fill those empty pavilions and fix the horrible atrocities that linger (cough, cough, the Imagination debacle!)
In the meantime, there are a lot of great websites dedicated to remembering Epcot as she was originally.
E82 The Epcot Legacy
Mesa Verde Times
The Original Epcot Center
If you've got 50 minutes, YouTube actually has the opening ceremony dedication that aired on TV!