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Description And Comments
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Golden Dreams is a nostalgic film about the history of California, recognizing the many different races, ethnicities, and people who contributed to the state's settlement and development. Originally designed to be a multimedia production with moving sets and animatronics similar to American Adventure at Epcot, the attraction was hammered by budget cuts and ultimately premiered with only a small (for Disney) arsenal of special effects.
A little heavy on schmaltz (which we Unofficials kinda like), Golden Dreams is a very sweet brotherhood-of-man flick. For once, Disney refrained from rewriting or overly sanitizing the historic content, and there's enough lightheartedness and humor to make the presentation fun. Because this is a kaleidoscopic overview, it's debatable how much you'll learn about California's past, but you'll nonetheless appreciate (at least we did) the film's uplifting message.
Golden Dream's isolated location makes it a good choice for midday touring. Check it out after the rides, the Muppets, and the bugs. Golden Dreams was designed to run continuous back-to-back performances. On slow days, however, only a few shows a day are scheduled, and showtimes, unfortunately, are not listed in the handout park map. To determine performance times, it's necessary to actually go to the theater and eyeball an inconspicuous little sign.
A moving presentation