With a less than popular ride and a mostly unused pavilion, EPCOT’s Jumping Fountain, today’s hidden gem, goes unnoticed. These simple water features, which defy gravity, capture the imagination of children and can be a cool place for adults to rest while their little ones chase the dancing droplets and get a little wet. They can be found right by the exit from the Journey Into Imagination with (not enough) Figment and the Disney and Pixar Film Fest, tucked in a corner and away from the more well traveled paths. I remember being fascinated by these as a child, as well as the nearby “backwards” fountain. Neither is talked about much or featured on many itineraries, but it is a can’t miss for my family. Surprisingly, my niece and nephews request to visit those fountains every trip. There is no line, no FastPass, no extra cost, and no limit. Too often we can let our Disney vacations become a race from one E ticket (popular) attraction to another. Instead, a trip to the Jumping Fountains can offer a much needed respite and a change of pace and an oasis in the hustle and bustle. Remember, vacations to Disney World are still vacations and EPCOT is the perfect place to slow down and smell the roses (sometimes literally). On your next trip, leave some time to enjoy this oft unappreciated hidden gem.
Additional tip, your kids might enjoy the nearby wildlife too.