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EPCOT – American Pavilion

The American Pavilion is part of the World Showcase at EPCOT. The pavilion features the America Gardens Theatre which hosts entertainment from around the world during the year and the Candlelight Processional during the Christmas holidays. Inside the pavilion is the American Adventure which, with audio animatronic hosts Mark Twain and Ben Franklin and others, tells the story of America. The a cappella singing group “Voices of Liberty” performs inside the pavilion under the rotunda and the “Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps” appear outside in the courtyard at various times during the day performing patriotic and colonial era songs. For details on the American Pavilion-it’s history and lots of trivia, check out All Ears at http://allears.net/tp/ep/e_adv.htm

There are a number of songs featured in the American Adventure but only one – “Golden Dream” – sung over the final montage at the end of the presentation has been made available to the public. This is by far my favorite song, however, “Two Brothers” – the story of a Southern family during the Civil War – is one that brings tears to my eyes, as well. My ancestors have been Americans since people could claim that distinction. When I visit the American Adventure I feel I am experiencing vignettes from my family’s past. My people fought and died to preserve America’s freedom: in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, both World Wars, and beyond. To me, this is a tribute to what we have achieved as a nation and a challenge for the future. The words of the final song say it all.

America, spread your golden wings sail on freedom’s wind, across the sky. Great bird, with your golden dreams flying high, flying high.

Restless one in a world of change, keeping dreams aloft in the rain. Spirit free, soaring through the clouds of time, of time.

America, you must keep dreaming now dreaming the promised vow of your pioneers. America, keep on flying now. Keep your spirit free. Facing new frontiers.

America, spread your golden wings sail on freedom’s wind across the sky. Great bird with your golden dreams, flying high, flying high, flying high, flying high!

CHECK out the IMAGES below to see American Pavilion at various times.

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EPCOT - America Gardens Theatre

Bob McGrath of Sesame Street performed at EPCOT around 1989. My kids were three and five at the time and big Sesame...

America Gardens Theatre

Bob McGrath of Sesame Street performed at EPCOT around 1989. My kids were three and five at the time and big Sesame...

EPCOT - America Gardens Theatre - Candlelight Processional

Marlee Matlin is one of my favorite performers at Candlelight. Without speaking the words herself, with the aid of her interpretor, she...

EPCOT - America Gardens Theatre - Candlelight Processional

Edward James Olmos narration is wonderful only surpassed by his heart warming words to the audience after each performance.

Derrick Johnson - Candlelight Processional

Conductor Derrick Johnson is responsible for almost all of the arrangements sung at Candlelight at EPCOT. For reasons unknown, he disappeared from...

Candlelight Processional - EPCOT - America Gardens Theatre

This is Ashley processing into the theater with other high school students from around the nation. Lake Mary High Schools chorus students...

Candlelight 2009 - Stephen Curtis Chapman

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, my daughter and I spent the day park hopping at Walt Disney World. This was our Christmas...

Candlelight 2009 - Stephen Curtis Chapman

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, my daughter and I spent the day park hopping at Walt Disney World. This was our Christmas...

Candlelight 2009 - Stephen Curtis Chapman

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