Description And Comments
The United States Pavilion, generally referred to as The American Adventure consists (not surprisingly) of a fast-food restaurant and a patriotic show.
The American Adventure production is a composite of everything Disney does best. Housed in an imposing brick structure reminiscent of colonial Philadelphia, the 29-minute show is a stirring, but sanitized, rendition of American history narrated by an audioanimatronic Mark Twain (who carries a smoking cigar) and Ben Franklin (who climbs a set of stairs to visit Thomas Jefferson). Behind a stage (almost half the size of a football field) is a 28 x 155-foot rear-projection screen (the largest ever used) on which motion picture images are interwoven with action on stage.
Though the production elicits patriotic emotion in some viewers, others find it overstated and boring. A man from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, writes:
I've always disagreed with you about The American Adventure. I saw it about ten years ago and snoozed through it. We tried it again since you said it was updated. It was still ponderous. Casey used the time for a nap, and I was checking my watch, waiting for it to be over. I'll try it again in 10 years.
An Erie, Pennsylvania, couple resented Disney's squeaky-clean version of American history:
Our biggest gripe was with The American Adventure. What was that supposed to be? My husband and I were actually embarrassed by that show. They glossed over the dark points of American history and neatly cut out the audio about who bombed Pearl Harbor (after all, Japan is right next door and everyone is happy at WDW). Why do they not focus on the natural beauty of America, the ethnic diversity, immigration, contributions to the world society? No, it's a condensed and Disneyfied history lesson that made us want to pretend to be Canadians after seeing it.
But an Iowa City, Iowa, father of three thinks a lot of people are missing the point:
Cramming all of American history into a 20-minute flick is no easy task, and face it, a theme park is hardly the place for a wholly objective, serious critique of the United States. I think that it's perfectly appropriate for the film, as an attraction in Epcot, to emphasize what's good about the United States.
- Open for Evening Extra Magic Hours.
Architecturally, the U.S. Pavilion isn't as interesting as most others in World Showcase. But the presentation, our researchers believe, is the very best patriotic attraction in the Disney repertoire. It usually plays to capacity audiences from around 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., but it isn't hard to get into. Because of the theater's large capacity, the wait during busy times of day seldom approaches an hour, and averages 25 to 40 minutes. Because of its theme, the presentation is decidedly less compelling to non-Americans.
The adjacent Liberty Inn serves a quick, nonethnic, fast-food meal.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
YOU THINK THE "IT'S A SMALL WORLD" SONG IS BAD?
One of the early ideas for The American Adventure was a flume ride, which had a section where guests floated past folk art representations of great Americans such as Eli Whitney and Harriet Beecher Stowe. But these animatronics were going to sing a 1970’s pop version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” over and over. What’s that? You’re perfectly happy with the current version of The American Adventure? OK, then.
Other Attractions in World Showcase
- Candlelight Processional
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
- Holidays Around the World: Daruma Vendor in Japan
- Holidays Around the World: Father Christmas in United Kingdom
- Holidays Around the World: Hanukkah in American Adventure
- Holidays Around the World: Helga in Germany
- Holidays Around the World: Julenissen and Sigrid in Norway
- Holidays Around the World: Kwanzaa in American Adventure
- Holidays Around the World: Le Befana in Italy
- Holidays Around the World: Monkey King in China
- Holidays Around the World: Nowell in Canada
- Holidays Around the World: Père Noël in France
- Holidays Around the World: Taarji in Morocco
- Holidays Around the World: Tres Reyes in Mexico
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
- Impressions de France
- Mariachi Cobre
- O Canada!
- Off Kilter (Canadian Holiday Voyageurs)
- Reflections of China
- Serveur Amusant
- Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps
- The British Revolution
- The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
- The Ziti Sisters
- Voices of Liberty
- World Showcase Players - United Kingdom
Touring Plans with The American Adventure
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Tweens and Their Parents
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot One-Day Holiday Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot Two-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors - Day 2
- Epcot Late Arrival Selective One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Epcot Two-Day Late Arrival Touring Plan for Adults - Day 1
- Epcot One-Day Holiday Touring Plan for Adults
- Ultimate Touring Plan: Epcot
- Epcot Disney Cruise One-Day Highlights Touring Plan
- Epcot World Showcase Afternoon Touring Plan
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Epcot Unofficial Guide Two-Day Sunrise/Starlight Touring Plan - Sunrise
- Epcot Early Riser Two-Day Touring Plan - Day 2
- See all Touring Plans...
|Patriotic mixed-media and audio-animatronic theater presentation on U.S. history|
|Park is closed|
|Opening Date||October 1, 1982|
|Scope and scale||Headliner|
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