American Adventure

Magical Blogorail Red: Celebrating America at Disney

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Welcome to those of you joining me from A DISNEY MOM’S THOUGHTS and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Welcome to the USA! Tomorrow is the 4th of July, the day we in America celebrate the birth of our nation. We have quite a history to celebrate, and the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot provides a brilliant exhibition hall.

American Adventure

Inside the rotunda is a gallery of paintings depicting various scenes of Americana, from Indians and pilgrims to B17 bombers to space shuttles. Also in the rotunda are famous quotations from inspirational Americans like Walt Disney, Charles Lindbergh, Herman Melville, and many others.

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Situated in the center of World Showcase, the pavilion is the second Walt Disney World location of a utilidor system. A gentle rise along the walkway may tip Guests to this fact. With architectural elements inspired by Independence Hall, Boston’s Old State House, Monticello, and colonial Williamsburg, the building appears to be only two or three stories high but is actually five stories in order to house the sets of the American Adventure Show.

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The Show, considered an “extension of the presentation techniques behind Carousel of Progress,” offers a variety of visual and auditory devices to communicate changes that have occurred in America over the past 200 or so years. Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain host the performance which features the likes of Alexander Graham Bell, Susan B. Anthony, Walt Disney, and even Lance Armstrong. The scene where Benjamin Franklin joins Thomas Jefferson signing the Declaration of Independence was a landmark feat for these robotic characters as Franklin walks up steps and across the stage.

In effort to maintain story integrity, no subject matter predating the invention of the camera is presented onstage via photography or film. Prior time periods are instead represented in artwork or acted out by Audio-Animatronic performers. The use of multiplane camera imagery adds realism to painted scenes, and dimensional pieces move in concert with projections on a screen twenty-eight feet by one hundred fifty-five feet—the largest rear projection screen ever.

Other American Adventure Pavilion highlights include the Fife and Drum Tavern, a capella singers, and the 1,800-seat performance area, the America Gardens Theater.

Today’s Takeaway:

American Adventure flags

The walls and ceiling of the staircase leading Guests from the lobby to the American Adventure Show entrance are adorned with flags that have flown over the United States of America at some point in our history. The collection includes the current American flag, the Betsy Ross flag, a Revolutionary War flag, and flags that represent other countries who laid claim to this land before it became an independent nation.

Using a dowell rod, red, white, and blue craft flannel or other scraps of fabric, a hot glue gun, and star stickers, make an American flag to adorn your home this Independence Day. Proudly wave it on the Fourth of July while oohing and ahhing at the fireworks in your hometown.


SCHOOL SUBJECT: History, Arts & Crafts

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Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is THE DISNEY POINT.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Frontierland Station – The Voices of Liberty
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts – Dressing for July 4th
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse – American Adventure
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point – Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat
Final Stop ~ My Pixie Dust Diary – Great Spots for Fireworks

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  • Heidi Strawser

    I really do love the American Adventure show. I love history! What is your favorite part?

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I haven’t watched in a couple of years, and it was before the Lance Armstrong scandal, but at that time I really liked the part about bicycling!

  • Kimberly

    I learned so much from your article! I had wondered why the floor slopes up…now I know! Do you have a favorite part of the show?

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Mystery solved 😉 I haven’t seen the show lately, but I did like the part about bicycling with Lance Armstrong (not sure if that’s still in there since his scandal).

  • Beth Green

    What a fun take away! My son would love making his own flag. On our next trip I need to pay more attention to these flags. Which one is your favorite?

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I always thought the ’76 one was cool!

  • Melissa – Disney on Wheels

    We love the American Adventure but I never kew why the slope was there. Very cool!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Glad I could teach you something new :)

  • Lynn Wiltse

    Love learning more. We don’t spend as much time there as we probably should. Instead we always seem to focus on the other countries!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Me too! Isn’t that funny? We think we know the USA well enough, but we’re really missing out on some real treasures.

  • JenniferLissak

    Very interesting! I honestly can’t remember the last time we saw that show…. I think my older boy (4) would actually enjoy it these days!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh yeah, I bet he would!

  • Dawn Cullo

    I love history and I love Disney so this attraction is a must see for me the next time I head to Disneyland East 😉