American Adventure

68 Days: The American Adventure

American Adventure

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!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Rivers of America

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post! Thank you for joining Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and myself for some great Disney trivia! Today we are taking a look at the Rivers of America at Disneyland! I hope you enjoy today’s trivia!

Rivers of America 2003

Disneyland’s 6-million gallon Rivers of America is drained, putting a stop to the boat cruises and cutting off access to Tom Sawyer Island. Although a 2,000-foot long, 8-foot tall blue fence surrounds the dried up area, park guests still peek through cracks to view the boats’ underwater tracks. To entertain guests until the Rivers of America are refilled, Disney employees dressed as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher re-enact the fence-painting scene from Mark Twain’s classic novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks look back to 2003! Until next time, make it a Disney day! Do you have a blog and would like to contribute to our collection? If so, we would love to have you join up! Just create a post and publish it, copy your post link, and submit it to the list you see at the bottom! It’s really quite simple. Now, go and check out the other great entries this week!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Tom Sawyer Island!

Harper's Mill at Tom Sawyer Island

Harper’s Mill at Tom Sawyer Island

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Along with Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike here to bring you a little tidbit of Disney Trivia to brighten your day!

Today’s trivia comes from the This Day in Disney History site.

 Tom Sawyer Island…

Did you know on this day in 1973, Tom Sawyer Island opened up at the Magic Kingdom?  That makes today the 40th anniversary of the great outdoor playground for kids!

A huge outdoor playground, Tom Sawyer Island (located in the middle of the Rivers of America) is inspired by the famous works of author Mark Twain. It features Injun Joe’s Cave, Magnetic Mystery Mine and old Fort Sam Clemens. The Tom Sawyer Rafts in Frontierland take guests to and from Tom Sawyer Island. The opening-day festivities include Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher portrayed by teenagers Steve Pierceall and Becky Bleigh. They were chosen during the annual Mark Twain observance in their hometown of Hannibal, Missouri (the boyhood home of Twain).

Thank you for joining in today as we explore Disney Trivia!  Please take a look at the rest of the entries below, and thanks for stopping by!



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!



Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – This Day in Disney History!

Wordless Wednesday - Tom Sawyer Island Today, as you all probably know, is April Fools Day!  I won’t even pretend to have the imagination that some of my friends do when it comes to April Fools Jokes, so I didn’t do any sort of spoof post for you.  However, for today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, I do have a quote to share with you, from the incredible Mark Twain, that I got from the “This Day in Disney History” site:

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”

With that in mind, I thought I would share some of the unusual posts that I have seen around the block today, let’s see if you can guess whether any of them are true or fake!

Is Disney Springs adding Wal-Mart to it’s chain of stores that will be there?

Is the Disney Vacation Club axing the plans for the DVC Resort at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa?

Are High-Adventure Campsites the next in line for DVC?

So, no real trivia this week!  I hope that’s okay with you all, but please, check out the rest of the posts below for some real Disney Trivia, and thanks for stopping by!