Disney is changing the end film on The American Adventure
Well, it's about time.
Walt Disney World announced today that it is changing the film montage that concludes The American Adventure show in Epcot's World Showcase. Even Disney Imagineers have criticized how out-of-date the montage has become in recent years, as it lionizes once-admired and now-disgraced American icons such as Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods.
Now that Disney is converting The American Adventure theater to a new digital projection system, the company has approved going ahead with a new film to show off that system. The updated finale now will include Academy Award winning composer John Williams, astrophysicist and science advocate Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and ballerina Misty Copeland, according to Disney. (No word on who is out, but I think it's more likely that the new show will feature Universal's Minions than Lance Armstrong.)
Disney also has re-recorded a new orchestration of the attraction's theme song, "Golden Dream." (I'm guessing to work better with the new film.) You can see the changes to The American Adventure when the show returns from its refurbishment later this month.
FINALLY. Long past time for an update given the last few years (saw it in 2012 and bizarre to see Woods and Armstrong but not the first black President among others). Good to see this and hope this pushes them to update it a bit more often.
The show's creator says that Disney should change the finale montage about every 10 years. (See the link in the story.) But it's been nearly 20 years now since Disney has made a change.
Isn't the montage famous Americans who are dead?
Being digital now, future changes should be simple, like a special fourth of July add on or such.
Odd choices and awfully political.
What on Earth could be even remotely political about a composer, an astronomer and a ballerina? (Unless you are politically opposed to anything that sounds like the set-up to a "walk into a bar..." joke.)
Come on, Robert. I need a punchline for that.
John Williams cross promotes Disney. Tyson is not a non-partisan observer of politics. As for the ballerina, “first African-American performer to be appointed a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre” And she’s only 35 so she still has a long way to go with her career.
@ Robert & Brian,
Yeah, I'm not a fan Neil De Grasse Tyson... he's very left leaning politically, spiritually etc. I don't think left leaning Disney realizes that he's a divisive character. They most likely saw an intelligent person that could bring diversity to their finale.
"...science advocate Neil DeGrasse Tyson..." I wish they wouldn't. This clown is far too political.
+1 for Jay R.'s comment. Yeah, I meant to do that. ;^)
American Adventure is a great animatronics show.
I agree that the appointment of someone who uses ‘scientifically proven facts’ is WAY TOO POLITICAL.
Only in a dumbed-down Trump society would Tyson be seen as divisive. Where are the creationists for these flat-Earthers?
Tyson is too political? Um, about 70 percent of the people shown in previous versions are political one way or another.
I'd posit that the "American spirit" is different than "American success." Some would say that only the BEST ballerina should be featured, and other factors are unwelcome "politics." I think the show's point is subtly different.
I don't know anyone who isn't a "non-partisan observer of politics" in some fashion. Plus, Dr. Tyson is a scientist... a perfect representative of part of Epcot's original (and future, one would hope) mission of scientific discovery.
I hope they take the animated Tinkerbell out of the ending montage. I love Tinkerbell anywhere else, but I found her jarringly out of place in that particular attraction.
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