Spaceship Earth and Water Conservation
Ever wonder why in a downpour you can stand under Spaceship Earth and there is not waterfall of water?
Because hidden behind the 11,324 silver triangular-shaped tiles lies a unique drainage system–two gutters that surround the geosphere, one at the sphere’s equator and another below that. The outer sphere façade is held about 2-feet away from the inner core by aluminum hubs. The surface tiles are spaced an inch apart, permitting rainwater to flow through and into the submerged gutters. Both gutters collect the rainwater and channel it through Spaceship Earth’s support legs down below Future World, where it flows out and replenishes World Showcase Lagoon. – Chicago Tribune and Mouse Planet.
Disney has other examples of water conservation in action such as at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, the Disneyland World of Color , EPCOT’s Living with the Land, and displays at the Annual EPCOT Flower and Garden Festivals. Of course the Disney Corporation has a conservation statement as part of their operations.