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Old 04-12-2012, 07:07 PM   #1651
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The American Adventure

The American Adventure

Sorry it has been two weeks since I've done a real update. Ever since Denny and I hit Williamsburg I just have been able to catch up. It doesn't help that I am really busy at work right now and can't even check my email let alone the DIS boards.

I really wanted to make this a "good" update with picture narration, but its not going to happen. So let me pick up where I left off - at the American Adventure!

Entering the theatre





Mark Twain:
Dr. Franklin, as our genuine American antique, I suppose our story begins with you.


Ben Franklin:
Actually it started long before even my time.
It started when dreams and visions of a new world were shrouded in the myths and legends of an old world.



Ben Franklin:
Finally through those early mists of uncertainty sailed the first great adventurers.
This tiny ship is the Mayflower.







Ben Franklin:
Carrying pilgrims in search of their dream, a dream of religious freedom.

Ben Franklin:
So if you'll pardon an old man's pride, for me, this is the beginning of the American Adventure.


Ben Franklin:
In the decades that followed, a new challenge began to emerge.
We were growing more and more apart from the mother country.
Passion began to govern and she never governs wisely.



Thomas Jefferson:
Those are new drafts all over the floor Dr. Franklin.
It seems that one stroke of this pen, brings two changes from Congress.
I told you John Adams should have written this.




Ben Franklin:
First we spoke out with our voices, then we spoke out with action, with a growing defiance, that led to the Boston Tea Party.



Male Singer:
In the days of '76, my boys,
we never must revere
That every man takes his musket up
and fight for freedom dear.
We'll hit the flanks
Of the Redcoats' ranks
as Yankee volunteers.

Oh, tis a great delight
to march and fight,
But it's getting tough, I fear...








Mark Twain:
Well, I like to think that Mark Twain was part of all that.


Yes sir, Dr. Franklin, you founding fathers gave us a pretty good start, don't ya know.
We still had some things to learn the hard way.
It seems a whole bunch of folks found out "We the people", didn't yet mean all the people.
Folks like Frederick Douglas.

Frederick Douglas:
Even amidst the cricket song here along Mark Twain's beloved Mississippi, I hear the noise of chains and the crack of the whip.
Yet there's hope.
Hope born from the words of Harriet Beacher Stowe.
Uncle Tom's Cabin has given our nation a key, which can unlock the slave prison to millions.
Anti-Slavery is no longer a thing to be prevented.
It has grown too abundant to be snuffed out, like a lantern.




Brother:
Trouble makers like Douglas got us into this mess.


Brother #2:
We only wanted freedom, not war.

Brother:
Well listen to my abolitionist brother.
Pa, he's gonna make a real good Billy Yank.

Brother #2:
We got a good cause, Johnny Reb.

Father:
Quiet, both of ya!
You're going to ruin Ma's birthday!

Mother:
No, no, ain't nothing gonna ruin today.
We are all together, that's what counts.




Chief Joseph:
Enough!
Enough of your words!
Let your new dawn lead to the final sunset on my people's suffering.
When I think of our condition, my heart is heavy.
I see men of my own race treated as outlaws or shot down like animals.
I hope that all of us may be brothers with one country around us and one government for all.
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more.
Forever...



Mark Twain:
The wisdom of the Great Chief Joseph, reminded us once again of our long painful journey through the frontiers of human liberty.


Susan B. Anthony:
Woman has shown equal devotion with man to the cause of freedom.
Together, they have made this country what it is.
We ask justice, we ask equality, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.

Mark Twain:
Well here we are, back in the heat of Franklin's Philadelphia again.
We are a hundred years old today.
We came a long way in that first century.
Like Susan B. Anthony, we're still speakin' out.







Mark Twain:
Yes, sir.
We soared into the 20th century on the wings of invention, and the winds of change.
But our "America, the Beautiful," she was changing too. We needed people like Teddy Roosevelt, and an outspoken naturalist, John Muir, to get our attention.

Teddy Roosevelt:
Beautiful!
Fully beautiful!
Those falls are magnificent!

John Muir:
Aye, Mr. President, but it won't last if the timber thieves have their way.



Newsman:
More than 33 grueling non-stop hours after his departure from New York, Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh successfully landed his Spirit of St. Louis in Paris last week.
Lucky Lindy's solo flight across the Atlantic has certainly placed him among the greatest in a long line of American pioneers.

Newsman #2:
Today, Oct. 29, 1929, Wall Street became America's greatest wall of rubble.
This stock market crash has tarnished the golden dreams of millions.

Rocker:
Ain't many folks will pay no 18 cents a gallon! (love this line )






Radio Announcer:
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and ground forces...



John F. Kennedy:
And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.




Apollo 11 Radio:
Three feet down, two-and-a-half, kicking up some dust, four forward, four forward, drifting to the right a little, contact light, okay, engine stop.

Ground Control:
We copy you down Eagle.

Apollo 11 Radio:
Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.



Continued in Next post.........
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #1652
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Continued.......





During this part of the presentation we hear

Male Singer:
America, spread your golden wings
Sail on freedom's wind, across the sky.
Great bird, with your golden dreams
flying high, flying high.

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

Male Singer:
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.





Female Singer:
Spirit free, you must keep flying now,
Reaching to touch the sky
on the winds of change.
Oh restless one, search for brighter days,
Soaring through stormy skies
With our head held high.

Both:
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!



Look Who's Back



Our esteemed narrators mark and ben





Obviously I left out a lot of the script, but you get the ideas.

Time to leave the theatre





Flying High......FLYING HIGH!!!!!!!!!

I love this presentation. Bravo.




If you haven't seen the American Adventure - DO IT!

Keeping with the American theme I took a few more pictures right outside the theatre



Wow - just looking at Santa and Mrs. Claus's empty seats makes me want to run right up there and sit!





Our Next Stop



Up Next.....BONSAI!!!!!!!!



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Old 04-12-2012, 07:21 PM   #1653
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And for the Never Ending Saga.............

There is an update regarding the June trip.

My SIL emailed me the receipt from their .....................










TRAIN RESERVATIONS!


Yup - that's right. The latest is that all 6 of them are taking the auto train down and back. My SIL got a much better price calling then the one I got on line. The got a great deal on the sleeper car for the way down, but there are only coach seats left for the way back.

Still - all 6 of them are going. That means my Disney-hater brother is going too.

They have the reservation on hold now. They have not paid for it (have until the 17th). But I think they are going for real and I am considering sending Nick back with them on the train. Then he will get a ride straight to our house.

So let the final planning begin! I'll keep you posted!
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #1654
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Love the pictures of the American Adventure. It is a great show. And I'm glad to hear that things are resolving themselves for your June trip.
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Great pics of the American Adventure!
Ours always come out too dark or too blurry.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:36 PM   #1656
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I LOVE the American Adventure and we try very hard to do it every year.

I am so glad that the family is going ... even your Disney hating brother. Seriously, I hope he apologizes to you and that the trip is a great one. Can't wait to hear the plans.
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Wowee! First of all, did you KNOW all that dialogue from the AA??? I would like to see it again. I think I saw it one of my first visits, and then in July 2010. It's a great show.

Second - Well, that saga just keeps going, huh? I guess if I were you, I'd just keep expecting those curve balls and stand still in the batter's box. (It's baseball season now you know!!) I sure hope it all works out. I'd also not expect much from your brother. Maybe he'll just sit in the room and pout, but at least the rest of the family can enjoy themselves.

Question! - those of you who have gone in October might be able to help me. We want to eat dinner at Ohana and go to the beach at Poly to watch fireworks. If it's a MNSSHP night, will they still pipe in the music for Hallowishes? I hope someone around here knows. Thanks!!!

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:43 AM   #1658
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Was that whole American Adventure script from memory????? Okay. I'll admit it. I haven't actually seen the American Adventure yet. Or heard Voices of Liberty.



I PROMISE I will though!! It really sounds spectacular!

I'm glad that things are finally starting to get resolved with your family trip!
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I saw American Adventure, unfortunately history bores me (even my own country's history, I don't discriminate ) so I couldn't really enjoy it, but I will admit that it's very well done. Great pictures and commentary by the way!
Santa and Mrs. Claus' chairs are so pretty!
Glad your brother is coming along, even if it is by train! I'm sure he won't be a Disney hater once he's there, I think most people change their tune once they're in the parks. Maybe he was just acting out because he was anxious and everyone wanted to go without him? Regardless, I am glad things are slowly working out and I'm sure you will all have a great time!
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Beautiful update! I absolutely love the American Adventure and I cry every single time (heck I tear up when the song is played while I'm on hold with Disney )

I'm glad things are moving in the right direction for your family trip!
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It's been several years since we've seen the American Adventure so thanks so much for the pics and dialogue. Loved it!

So should I be happy that your brother has decided he's coming along on the vacation? I've read a couple of trip reports where people took the auto train to Disney and they loved it. I actually priced it out once and, for us, it ws much higher than driving or even flying.
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Very impressive update!

I hope your brother apologizes and the trip isn't awkward. But at least LJ is coming now
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And for the Never Ending Saga.............

There is an update regarding the June trip.

My SIL emailed me the receipt from their .....................

TRAIN RESERVATIONS!


Yup - that's right. The latest is that all 6 of them are taking the auto train down and back. My SIL got a much better price calling then the one I got on line. The got a great deal on the sleeper car for the way down, but there are only coach seats left for the way back.

Still - all 6 of them are going. That means my Disney-hater brother is going too.

They have the reservation on hold now. They have not paid for it (have until the 17th). But I think they are going for real and I am considering sending Nick back with them on the train. Then he will get a ride straight to our house.

So let the final planning begin! I'll keep you posted!
Well....darn! I'm glad for you that you got the situation resolved but sad for me....I thought I might have a chance to be adopted as your temp-brother and go in his place! Sighhhh....guess I'll have to resort to this
But then...I'd probably do that anyway so no harm, no foul!
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I haven't seen AA since 1986! Bob thought that it was a great place for a nap. The kids even went to sleep in there as it was so cool on a hot day.

I think that AA is very well done, especially the figures.

Riding the train sounds like fun, I've always wanted to do that. It does take longer than driving & is more expensive than flying, so we have never done it.
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I guess I don't have to see the American Adventure in May now, thanks to your pics and narration!

I love that show, and the song always gets stuck in my head after I watch it, I really love that whole area of Epcot! And I thought the section for Santa and Mrs. Claus was adorable!

Now your family is taking the train! Crazy! Well, hopefully this is the end of it and you can start relaxing and looking forward to your trip!
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