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The American Adventure pavilion is World Showcase's host pavilion. A visit to the American Adventure submerses guests into the colonial days of the United States. And after experiencing the whole pavilion guests, especially Americans, leave with a sense of what the term 'American Dream' means.
The pavilions main building, done in the colonial style, combines elements of some famous buildings: Independence Hall, Boston's Old State House, Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg. While it appears that the building is three stories tall (a tradition building height of the era), the actually height of the building is equivalent to a five story building. This height gives the building a larger presence when viewed from the other side of World Showcase lagoon. Some noticeable features: the combined clock and bell tower with the #4 on the clock represented by the roman numerals IIII instead of IV just as clocks in colonial times would have been (the Roman Numeral IV stood for the God Jupiter), and just in front of the tower there is a widows walk. The building facade is made of 110,000 handmade, Georgian clay bricks.
The buildings interior is simple yet ornate at the same time, with moldings and chandeliers, a style that is also reminiscent of colonial times. In the center of the first floor hall is an oval rotunda, with an acoustically perfect ceiling and marble floor. Before most showings of The American Adventure guests are treated to a pre-show of patriotic choral music by the Voices of Liberty eight member A Capella group, who sing under the rotunda and use the ceilings acoustics qualities to enhance their performance. Around the walls of both the first and second floor of the building are quotes from famous Americans, including Walt Disney, and paintings--done by Imagineers--depicting important times in American history. On the right side of the main hall is a small exhibit titled National Treasures, where there are some 40 historical items for guests to explore, each of these items is on loan to Disney.
As mentioned, the pavilions main attraction is an Audio-Animatronics show titled The American Adventure. Guests make there way, as a group, up to the theater via a couple of escalators. These escalators are located in the Hall of Flags. Featured in this hall are 44 flags representing Revolutionary War flags, Colonial flags, and foreign flags of countries that once had claim to land within the United States. Inside the show theater guests will notice 12 statues, six on each side of the auditorium. The statues represent the 'Spirit of America', and each is titled based on the attribute it embodies: Freedom, Heritage, Pioneering, Knowledge, Self-Reliance and Adventure, Individualism, Innovation, Tomorrow, Independence, Compassion and Discovery.
The American Adventure show takes guests on a trip through America's history. It is narrated by figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain (who lived almost 100 years apart). The show is presented in a theater-like auditorium, with sets and characters rising out from the stage floor to represent scenes from different historical periods. The characters provide insight into American life of the past through conversations in which characters discuss the current events of their time. Periods include the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 (representing American industrialization), and the Great Depression. The presentation culminates with a musical film montage representing famous moments and people in American history from post-World War II to the present. In 1993, the attraction was updated with all new Animatronics and a new version of the theme song Golden Dreams. In mid-2007, about 45 seconds of footage were added to the end of the Golden Dreams montage, the first updating of the montage since the 1993 renovation. The most notable addition is the brief footage of NYPD/FDNY rescue crews after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The attractions finale song, Golden Dreams, will leave some wet eyes in the audience, as guests are reminded of what the term 'American Dream' means.
On the water side of the pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater, which hosts several concerts during the year, most notably during Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, and then the holiday tradition, Candlelight Processional. In the water just behind the amphitheater sits the colonial ship Golden Dream. The ship was built in 1993 by Dering Design and is a re-creation of a Virgina Sloop ship from the 18th Century. the ship was damaged during Hurricane Charley in 2004, but was repaired and then re-dedicated when it was placed back in the lagoon in 2006. The ship names come from attractions finale song, Golden Dreams (music was written by Robert Moline and the lyrics were written by show producer Randy Bright).
And lets not forget the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps, which performs several times a day out on the promenade.
Pics: Upp0er Left--Rotunda ceiling, Upper Right--Golden Dream the Ship, 2nd Row--Hall of Flags, 3rd Row Left-- The American Adventure theater, 3rd Row Right--Spirit of America Statues, Bottom Row Left--American Adventure pavilion from the Lagoon, Bottom Row Right--American Adventure pavilion at night.