Today, every 15 minutes, the fountain showcases water ballets where over two hundred shooters propel over fifty gallons of water up to one hundred and fifty feet in the air. Once upon a time, human cast members actually measured the wind and controlled how high the water shot in the air so as not to soak guests on windy days.
It took three months of computer programming to design the seven different water ballets and at night, over a thousand colored lights highlight the streams of water. It is the largest fountain on Disney property. The fountain holds approximately one hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water with computer controlled pumps sending almost thirty thousand gallons of water per minute cascading down its tiered walls.
The fountain uses almost 35 miles of electrical wire. Chloride is too corrosive for this fountain so Disney uses bromine to keep it clean and to ensure there is no algae. The coins that are retrieved from this fountain, like others on property, are donated by the Disney Company to local charities.
Running underneath the entire fountain is an underground work area that houses the pumps and computer systems, as well as a workshop for cast members who maintain our Epcot fountains. There is also a space with special lifts that are used beneath our stage area for performers and equipment. The underground work area was built and then the fountain placed on top with no planning on how to get new equipment down into the area. Over the years, the fountain has been damaged like when a temporary stage for performing elephants was put on top of it when Epcot showcased a daily circus.
In the 1980's the fountain team at Walt Disney World included a young civil engineer whose thesis was on the behavior of turbulence free water. Mark Fuller later founded WET Design. This company became the premiere fountain company in the world. Mark Fuller is also responsible for other Disney fountains including the leapfrog fountain at the Imagination pavilion. His greatest creation to date may be at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Innovention Fountain Musical Selections The selections played for the water ballets are rotated every quarter hour in no specific order. People always inquire about purchasing the sound track for the regular and holiday shows, but none have been produced. Music List for Innoventions Fountain Regular Season Shows:
Selection from Disney's animated feature "Rescuers Down Under"
Instrumental from the "Air Battle" sequence from Surprise in the Skies, a former daytime lagoon show at Epcot (Soundtrack never produced for retail sale)
Selection for a proposed Epcot show "Around the World with Mickey Mouse" (Soundtrack never produced for retail sale)
Selection from the Disney live-action feature film The Rocketeer
"Day One" by John Tesh (Song is available on the Tour de France and Live at Red Rock Albums)
"Standing in Motion" by Yanni (Song is available on the Out of Silence, In Celebration and Live at the Acropolis albums)
Selection from the Disney live-action feature film Iron Will (Soundtrack was never produced for retail sale.)
The Official DBTN iPhone application "WDW DBTN FACTS" is now available for purchase in the iTunes store. It will be on sale for a limited time for $.99 only until April 30, 2012, then it will back to its normal price.
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