Epcot World Showcase Best Kept Secrets – American Pavilion

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As we leave Japan and continue around “the world” we enter the American Pavilion.  The building is a representation of the Colonial time period and housed two different shows. Let’s see what secrets we can find in The American Adventure.

  • The building that the American Adventure is in is really 5 stories tall, but tall doors and windows to make it look like it is only 3 stories. 

It’s hard to tell, but if you have someone stand by the door of the gift shop you can see that it is about 12′ tall.

  • It was constructed using the “forced perspective” (same as the castle in MK). Imagineers discovered that a building from that time period would have been too small to see from across World Showcase Lagoon.
  • The façade of the American Adventure Pavilion is made of 110,000 bricks handmade from Georgia red clay, aged for an authentic look and feel. The pavilion itself encompasses an expansive 108,555 square feet!

  • There are paintings in the pavilion along the front wall and one will open up to reveal an elevator.
  • In the main building is the Hall of Flags exhibit that show different flags that have flown over the United States.
  • When you enter to see The American Adventure, you will walk up to what seems like the second floor. The reason for this ?  All the platforms that the presidents are stored on are actually stored under the seats you are sitting on and they come sliding out as needed and returned when finished.
  • The American Adventure takes you on the journey of America’s history and it is narrated by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain (who lived to be almost 100).

The voices of Ben Franklin and Mark Twain were Dallas McKinnon and John Anderson (respectively). Dallas McKinnon was a famous voice over actor. He was the primary voice for Buzz Buzzard in Woody the Woodpecker and had a long career with Walt Disney as well. McKennon also sang, and provided many character voices for Disney. His distinctive voice can be heard in movies such as Lady and the TrampSleeping BeautyOne Hundred and One DalmatiansMary Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. He also provided the voices for many Disney Attractions such as the famous Big Thunder Mountain Railroad safety spiel (It’s A Small World After All) Laughing Hyenas, and the voice of Zeke in the Country Bear Jamboree.  John Anderson stared in many tv shows, mainly westerns. He worked with Elvis, Alfred Hitchcock, and was even in McGyver.

  • The Voices of Liberty is an eight member a cappella group that hosts patriotic choral performances in the pavilion rotunda throughout the day, often as a pre-show to the next scheduled performance of the main presentation.

The group also performs in year-round events including the Candlelight Processional and other special events.

  • The America Flag that was taken from the rubble of 9/11/2001 is on display here as well.

Have you spent time in the American Pavilion? Seen the Fife and Drum Corp. or The Voices of Liberty? What did you think ? Let us know how you enjoyed The American Adventure and join us next time as we head towards Italy to see what it has in store for us.


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5 thoughts on “Epcot World Showcase Best Kept Secrets – American Pavilion

  1. When it’s hot, it’s nice to grab a cool drink and sit in the air conditioned quick service restaurant here and rest my feet. I also love the show – very awesome!

  2. Loved the American Pavillion! I don’t know if this is still the case, but it used to be on the BackStage tour. On that tour,we got to go in the lower area & see the mechanisms that provide the show. Really terrific!
    Also, 5 years ago my wife @ I were at WDW celebrating our 30th anniversary. We had on ‘celebrating anniversary’ Disney badges. One of the Am/Pavillion exhibit workers came over to us and said that we had a telephone call. He took us to a hidden room next to the hidden elevator & directed us to a telephone. The call was Mickey and Minnie wishing us a Happy Anniversary. They then took us into the hidden elevator to the upper floor and were escorted the front of line waiting to enter the Pavillion show. We were introduced to all other guests waitin to enter and were allowed to enter first. REALLY COOL. Disney knows how to treat their guests!

  3. The drum and fife corps makes me brim with patriotism and pride in our country, while The Voices of Liberty bring tears of joy to my eyes as they sing so beautifully. Mom and I really enjoyed their performances and it is now a must see when I visit EPCOT.

  4. This is one of my very favorite locations in all of Walt Disney World because it’s where I got married. Our wedding was downstairs under the dome and then we took that hidden elevator upstairs for our reception in the VIP room.

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