Friday, February 8, 2013

Leap Frog Fountains in Epcot's Future World

For my Undiscovered Disney post, I thought this would be a good time to share one of my favorite spots to give my children a break from park touring while in Epcot.  From Emily and Hayley's first trip in 2008 to a very cold, windy trip in 2010 to our Halloween trip in 2011, Leap Frog Fountains, just outside of the Epcot's Imagination Pavilion in Future World, has been one of my children's favorite places to take a break in Epcot.

Leap Frog Fountains at Epcot's Imagination Pavilion




Leap Frog Fountains is a series of fountains in which water jumps from one table to the next.  You never know where the spout of water will come from or where it will land.  In 2008, Hayley was just two and Joey was 3.5.  We were taking a quick break from our park touring to give the kids a snack and rest.  We were the only ones there, which for traveling with a child who is easily overwhelmed by noise and crowds, this was perfect for Joey to have a quiet spot to regroup.  Little did we know that it would turn out to be a spot we would visit every trip.  As the kids ate their snacks, they began to notice the leaping spouts of water and started giggling and pointing.  This led to finishing up snacks quickly to head over to try to "catch" the water.  We spent at least 20 minutes watching the kids have a blast with these fountains that we had barely acknowledged on past trips.

Joey and Hayley trying to catch the "jumping water"
October 2008

In 2010, we had a completely different experience.  The kids wanted to see the jumping water, as they called it.  But on this very rainy, windy day, they were shocked to see that the water could jump, but it didn't go anywhere!



In 2011, I thought maybe the kids were a little too old to take the time to play near the "jumping water."  I was wrong!  At the ages of 6, 5 and 3, Joey, Hayley and Emily all tried to catch the water and see if they could guess where it was going to next.  Even better, this was a very warm day.  The fountains gave just enough splash to cool the kids off without soaking them!

video


This small part of Epcot, that can be easily overlooked, has become a favorite stopping spot for us.  The kids are entertained, and it is a few moments away from the crowds and a quiet place for Joey to regroup. My children laughed and giggled at these fountains that many may just walk by and not even notice.  Next time you need a place for your kids to take a break or cool off in Epcot, make sure you head over to Leap Frog Fountains!  If your kids are anything like mine, they will love it!


10 comments:

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I love people watching at these fountain. Especially when the older kids (usually adult males) try to catch the water and getting it straight in the face. :)

Beth D. said...

That is so funny, Mary! My kids absolutely love these and ASK to go see them. Hayley and Emily have already typed up their list of things they want to do in Disney and both added Leap Frog Fountains!

KJay said...

I love sitting on the benches close by and watching for a while- I try to do it at least once every trip

JenniferLissak said...

That was one of our favorites, too! We couldn't pull Noah away on one of our last trips!

V No Privacy said...

I'm 30 and my sister is 27 and we STILL play with those fountains lol

Disney Wonderland said...

Haha, these fountains are a never-ending source of entertainment for me... and I'm 24! x

Beth D. said...

It really is such a relaxing, quiet spot to take a break!

Beth D. said...

My kids have always loved these and smile and laugh the entire time we are watching them!

Beth D. said...

They really are fun at any age!! :-)

Beth D. said...

I have to say I enjoy them as much as the kids do, though that could also be due to seeing how happy they are! :-)