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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we discuss the music at the Disney Parks.

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The Voices of Liberty is an Acapella group that plays at the American Adventure.

Music.  Known to soothe the savage beast, music is a part of our nature, part of our culture.  At Walt Disney World, so much of the story is enhanced through the use of music that, in many ways, just hearing a song instantly takes us back to the moment we first experienced it.  In today’s post, I’m taking a look at how the music of the American Adventure draws you in, capturing your heart, your mind, and your spirit, and reminds you of how our great country was formed over the years.

The beauty of the Voices of Liberty is that they sing incredible Americana songs from days gone by, and they do it with such a charm, grace, and excellence that they are known the world over.  We thoroughly enjoy listening to them perform before the American Adventure show begins.

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Voices of Liberty, performing before the American Adventure show.

After each performance, you are welcome to say hi to the members of the group, and even get your picture taken with one of them, like Sophie did a few years back.

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One of the members of Voices of Liberty posing with Sophie.

The Voices of Liberty are a refreshing change from some of the music that you can here on the radio — I enjoy them so much that I even found an album on iTunes of theirs that I purchased and am listening to in the car!  It has such great songs as The Star Spangled Banner, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Penny / My Country ‘Tis of Thee, and my favorite, Golden Dream.  In fact, I like Golden Dream and The Penny / My Country ‘Tis of Thee so much that here are two YouTube videos I found of Voices of Liberty performing those songs.  I hope you enjoy them!

The music of the American Adventure — in particular, the music of Voices of Liberty — shares so much of what made our country great.  My prayer is that our leaders in Washington, from both sides of the isle, would read this, hear the wonderful music, and remember why they got into politics to begin with, and in doing so, work together to bring our country back to what is once was.

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68 Days: The American Adventure

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The American Adventure Pavilion – Our choice for #Day68 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

The American Adventure pavilion and show are our choice for #Day68 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown.  This pavilion is directly opposite the main entrance to World Showcase, and has an incredible amount of activity bustling around it!  For starters, this is the home of the Liberty Tree, one of the better counter service restaurants in Epcot in my opinion, where you can pick up standard American fare.  Also, this pavilion is home to the Voices of Liberty that we featured in #Day75 of our countdown last Tuesday.  An accompanying musical performance group, the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps, is also a main part of the pavilion.  In the picture below you see them marching into place to perform for the Guests.

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The Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps are an integral part of the American Adventure pavilion!

In addition to these great singing and performing bands, the America Garden Theatre is home to some of the best musical and narrated performances anywhere at Epcot.  Each summer the theater is home to the Sounds Like Summer tribute band concert series, and of course, in the Christmas season they feature the Candlelight Processional that tells the Nativity story as narrated by some incredibly well known celebrities.

But in my opinion, what really makes this pavilion stick is the American Adventure show featuring Mark Twain and Ben Franklin.  This dynamic duo narrate the story of how America was shaped by it’s greatest natural resource — it’s people!  I’m not sure why this is, but I think it is because I saw this in 1983 during my first trip to Epcot, before the America Garden Theatre existed, and it was truly the highlight back then of this pavilion.

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The American Adventure Pavilion is also home to a show by the same name featuring Mark Twain and Ben Franklin

So tell me, what do you think of the American Adventure pavilion?  Do you stop by each time or do you just pass through on your way to your next stop?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

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75 Days: Voices of Liberty

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Voices of Liberty – our choice for #Day75 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown.

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day75 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at what I believe to be one of the most under-appreciated singing shows in all of Walt Disney World — the incredible harmonic sounds of the Voices of Liberty.

This incredible singing group sings a Capella — that is, singing without any instruments at all.  They are brilliant in their ability to do this, and the songs they sing — songs about the American experience — truly bring a patriotic feeling to the main entrance to the American Adventure show.  The Voices of Liberty have also been seen at Disneyland, but they are primarily to be found at Epcot’s World Showcase in the American Adventure pavilion.

For those of you that may not have seen them — or perhaps more appropriately, heard them — here is a YouTube video I found of their rendition of “Let Freedom Ring” — it’s very well done, and well worth the time to listen to it.  I hope you enjoy it!

In addition, the Voices of Liberty also sing Christmas songs during the Christmas season at Epcot, here is one video of their singing of “Joy to the World”

To close us out this day, here are two more pictures of the Voices of Liberty — including one shot after their performance when one of them took a picture with Sophie. Thank you for stopping by today, and I urge you — if you have not heard the Voices of Liberty before, make time the next time you are at Epcot to listen to them. It is absolutely stunning, and you will not be sorry when you hear them!

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One of the singers from the A Capella group Voices of Liberty poses with Sophie

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The Voices of Liberty as they perform before the American Adventure show at Epcot.

 

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Modesty!

Lou Mongello's Book is great for Disney trivia, this is volume 2!

Lou Mongello’s Book is great for Disney trivia, this is volume 2!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  This weekly series is a lot of fun for us, and as always, we are joined by Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse (our fearless leader), Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Today we have a trivia question about modesty from Lou Mongello’s book Walt Disney World Trivia, Volume 2:

Modesty…

“I was born modest, but it didn’t last” can be heard in _________?

a.) The American Adventure

b.) Legend of the Lion King

c.) It’s Tough to be a Bug!

d.) Liberty Square Riverboat

Who do you think said that, and in what attraction was it said?  Do you think it was Simba who might have said that in Legend of the Lion King?  Or perhaps Flick said it in ‘It’s Tough to be a Bug!’?

I’ll tell you, I asked my wife this trivia question, and she got it, but I didn’t…I wonder what that says about my trivia skills or Disney knowledge?

So tell me, do you have the answer yet?  Well, I’m sure you’ve got a good guess, and you probably do have the correct answer, so here it is!

a.) The American Adventure

At the beginning of The American Adventure, Benjamin Franklin tells Mark Twain that pride is one of our national passions, and even those who overcome it are proud of their humility.  Twain replies that he was born modest, but “fortunately, it wore off.” He apparently said this originally in an address to the YMCA at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, March 4, 1906.  Another Twain line: “I am only human, although I regret it.”

Those of you that thought it was The American Adventure were absolutely right!  I thought it was Mark Twain, but for some reason I thought it might have been on the Liberty Square Riverboat that it could be heard, since that goes around Tom Sawyer Island…

Oh well, thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to visit the rest of the sites for more great Disney trivia!



The American Adventure Show at Epcot!

World Showcase: The American Adventure

In our attraction series today, I’m taking an in depth look at the show and pavilion that is the American Adventure in Epcot’s World Showcase.  In addition to what I’m writing today here, I’m also guest posting over at my friend Jodi’s site, Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, where I’m also writing about the pavilion.  To link on over to the post there, you will find a link at the bottom of this post.

My idea for this post was to focus more on the attraction, but in doing my research, I learned some incredibly cool things that I didn’t realized when I first wrote my post for MMS.  As a result, I’m going to give a little bit of information about the structure that houses almost all of the elements to this great pavilion first.

Did you know…

That the building is made up of 110,000 bricks made from Georgia red clay?  Or that the pavilion itself comprises a stunning 108,555 square feet?!  Lastly, did you know that the “war wagon” — as it is known — is a computer operated device that moves and loads the different scenes in the show automatically, and that there are ten different sets underneath the stage that the “war wagon” controls?

We, The People

The theater that is housed inside the American Adventure pavilion seats 1,024 people, and in the theater, the show We, The People tells more about the greatest resource that our great country has — it’s people.

In the show, which is narrated by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, you will learn about some of the great moments in the history of our country, including the following:

  • The landing of the Mayflower
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Winter at Valley Forge
  • The writing of the Declaration of Independence
  • The Civil War
  • Industrialization
  • The Great Depression

While you are learning more about these moments in American History, you will also meet some of the great people from those time periods, including the following:

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Chief Joseph
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Will Rogers
  • Teddy Roosevelt

This show, which is one of the best at Epcot, in my opinion, doesn’t get the due credit it deserves.   Too many people think that this show is boring, or that it is only good as a way to get out of the hot Florida sun, or as a place to take a nap.  This is unfortunate, because the American history that this show looks at is a part of what made our country great.

It is my belief that, if we were to look to our past, we could use the lessons that we learned there and restore our country to what it once was — the greatest country in the world.

For a greater look at the entire American Adventure pavilion, stop on over and visit my friend Jodi’s site Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to learn more in a special guest post by yours truly!