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The American Adventure reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for The American Adventure, a animatronic show in World Showcase - U.S.A. at Epcot.

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Posted: February 15, 2014

This 30-minute show is Disney's rendition of American history as told by Audio-Animatronic versions of Mark Twain and Ben Franklin. Behind the "actors" is an immense rear-projection screen upon which images are interwoven with the animatronic action on stage. You have to walk up to the second floor of the building to reach the theater, because the show's various scenes are kept on separate stages which are stored underneath the audience's seats. The background images for each scene also reflect the technology of the time period: pilgrims and colonialists use paintings, the Civil War uses photographs, and World War I and so on use moving pictures. The show's finale is a performance of "Golden Dream," with music by Bob Moline and lyrics by Randy Bright, presented over a montage of what's happened in American history since World War II.

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49 votes, so far

A beautiful show in every regard. Definitely a "don't miss" attraction at Epcot. - Bryce McGibeny

After many, many trips to Epcot, I finally made time to check out this attraction. I was impressed with the AAs, and really liked the integrated use of screens, sets, and props. I wish they wouldn't have glossed over the dark periods so much (barely a mention of Native Americans, and the civil war represented as a family struggle?), but I understand the difficulty in presenting the history in a more in depth way. The interiors are stunning, as are the statues lining each side of the theater. - KJ Simpson

It's a fun show. The AAs are great, but I wish the show relied less on screens. 9/10. - David L.

The best attraction at EPCOT - Sean Huckel

A celebration of America's triumphs, as well as a look at some of its past faults. My one complaint is that the transition into the inspiring "Golden Dream" musical montage could be smoother. Overall, I give it a 9/10. - Chris S

Beautiful theater, beautiful music, beautiful presentation of American history. Please do not miss this one. - Becky Wheeler

Best show (IMO) at Epcot! The theater and building is beautiful and the show is well paced, informative and very entertaining. I would see it before you take in a lot of heat in the summer otherwise you will pass out from the comfy chairs and A/C! I speak on personal experience of course! - Mark Hollamon

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