Location: American Pavilion, World Showcase, Epcot
Opening Date: October 1, 1982
Height requirement: None
Who it’s for: The whole family!
Ride Length: 29 minutes
Fun Fact: It took Imagineers 5 years to complete this attraction and there are 10 animatronic sets stored under the stage for the show.
Narrated by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin animatronics, this 29 minute show is a tribute to all things American history. The show itself is located inside a 1000+ seat theater in the American Pavilion of Epcot. Throughout the show animatronics come onstage to narrate the current events of their time. You will likely recognize many of these historic figures as they all have key pieces of American history to tell.
The presentation itself features 35 animatronics, several songs, and a film presentation. Be sure to take note of the 12 statues as you walk into the theater — they are the personified versions of American values.
The Official Word
If you’re interested in the official spiel, here’s how Disney’s site describes the attraction:
An Epic Journey
In this dramatic production featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, digital rear-projection images on a 72-foot screen and stirring patriotic songs, you’ll watch firsthand as America’s story unfolds.
Take your seat in a stately Colonial theater and meet Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain—your guides on this trip through time.
Witness landmark events like landing of the Mayflower, the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the Great Depression.
You’ll even encounter luminaries like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Chief Joseph and Teddy Roosevelt, among others.Official Disney World Website
It took me several trips to Walt Disney World before we did this attraction — and I can’t believe it took me so long! I had absolutely no idea that this show was so huge with so many animatronics. I’d definitely recommend seeing this as it’s so well put together and offers a great amount of American history. And as a bonus, you’ll have about 30 minutes out of the heat or rain depending on the weather.
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