The American Adventure - Epcot

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When you enter World Showcase from Future World, The American Adventure is directly across the Lagoon. It is the centre -most pavilion in the World Showcase and is flanked by Italy on the east and Japan on the west.

If our group splits up we usually use this as the place to meet. At Liberty Inn you can eat, have a drink or just sit and wait. There is a large air-conditioned seating area inside and there is also seating area outside, with some umbrellas at the tables.

The pavilion includes an Audio-Animatronic stage show, an outdoor stage and amphitheatre (America Gardens Theater), a gallery exhibit called Echoes of Africa featuring pieces from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, a fast-food restaurant (Liberty Inn), and a small shop.

The Voices of Liberty are a cappella group and sing American patriotic songs. They sing in the rotunda of the American Adventure Pavilion usually about 15 minutes prior to the next showing of the American Adventure. We usually go to see the American Adventure and once it is time for us to move into the theatre, we are directed from the main hall to escalators and a stairway. Upstairs, you just follow everyone into the theatre. You sit for the entire show and all seats are good seats as the screen is very wide.

The 30-minute show highlights notable events and great personalities in American History. Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain are your hosts for the journey through The American Adventure. Scenes include: the Pilgrims and the Mayflower; the Boston Tea Party; the writing of the Declaration of Independence; Valley Forge and the Revolutionary War; slavery and the Civil War; the suffering of Native Americans; the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition; the founding of Yosemite National Park; World Wars I and II; and a series of images depicting the people and events of recent history. Our girls found this very interesting as their American history knowledge was very limited and we even found information in this that we did not know before.

The next to last segment in the presentation is a wonderful film montage, which us older people in the audience found quite nostalgic. It included Neil Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Carson, Walt Disney, Bob Dylan, Albert Einstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, "Magic" Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Billie Jean King, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Eleanor Roosevelt and Frank Sinatra amongst others.

The show is well worth a visit although perhaps not with very young children.

Directly across from the American Adventure Building this theatre hosts live stage shows and concerts. We are often there in the evening and have sat at the Liberty Inn enjoying a burger whilst listening to the concerts. It is very special at Christmas time with a candlelit procession and wonderful singing.

There is also a small shop, Heritage Manor Gifts, were you can purchase handcrafted goods and American items such as the Voices of Liberty CDs.

Before you leave America look out for the Hidden Mickey, it is in the Lobby in a painting of the wagon train heading west above the front leg of the foremost oxen!

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