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  • Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

    Featuring 115 Audio-Animatronics animal characters, America Sings is a "musical joyride through history."
    Link to America Sings.
    Please discuss it here.
    Werner Weiss
    Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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    Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

    Thank you, Thank you for posting these. Wonderful memories.

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    • #3
      Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

      That was a great read. It jogged a lot of memories from some of my earliest Disneyland experiences. I love how u broke it down song by song.

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        Thanks for that trip down memory lane. America Sings was my favorite ride as a child. I was heart broken when they closed it. Innoventions is really nothing more than a space filler that brings in advertising dollars and I think the visitors know that. It was such a shame to go from such a brilliant and original ride to product placement advertising.

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        • #5
          Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

          Oh my goodness, did this article ever bring back a flood of memories!! I absolutely LOVED America Sings! Thanks so much for listing the actual songs; I sat here reading them and could remember exactly how they sounded back in the day.
          Good job, Werner!!

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          • #6
            Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

            While I enjoyed reading the article and looking at the pics, I have to say that AS was never one of my favorites. I was crushed when they took out the Carousel of Progress, and AS never quite lived up to that for me. The "Pop goes the weasel" joke just seemed to fall flat even the first time. And they could have done much better with the contemporary scene than the tired old Joy To The World.

            The 6-cd set of DL music has the entire show track on it. It was fun to listen to once, but I don't think I'll be playing it through any time soon.

            But anyway, thanks for the look back, Werner!

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            • #7
              Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

              I've never understood why anybody would want to sing Polly Wolly Doodle once, much less all day!

              A bientot.
              Remember
              What the dormouse said
              Feed your head!

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              You've read it; you can't unread it!

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              • #8
                Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                I realize that America Sings was a very popular attraction, but I never liked it, mostly because the show was composed of just songs and had absolutely nothing to do with Tomorrow.

                Having said that, it was still better than the god awful crap that currently squats in the building, and is also mostly unrelated to Tomorrow.

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                • #9
                  Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                  As much as I loved that show there is one thing I absolutely hate about it. I have become acquainted with someone who knew the young lady who was crushed to death on that attraction. When Carousel of Progress was there, they had break away safety walls just in case a cast member got to close to the danger area. When America Sings was installed, Disney opted not to put the break away walls in. They thought they were saving mony. It cost the young cast member her life. After the lawsuit was settled, the safety walls were re-installed.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                    typo at the end of the article: Star Tours opened in 1987, not 1986.

                    I dearly miss AmerSings. I have an article planned for April of this to commemorate the 20 year anniversary, alas.
                    Kevin Yee
                    MiceAge Columnist

                    I am the author of several Disney books:
                    Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
                    Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
                    Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
                    Mouse Trap
                    Tokyo Disney Made Easy
                    101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
                    Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                      My first visit to Disneyland was in 1986 and I loved America Sings so much I rode it several times that visit. I didn't make it back there again until 1989 and was sooo mad America Sings was closed. I was really looking forward to seeing it again. It has to be one of my all-time favorite Disney attractions. I even remember buying a Sam Eagle plush.

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                        Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                        Originally posted by wec View Post
                        When America Sings was installed, Disney opted not to put the break away walls in. They thought they were saving mony. It cost the young cast member her life. After the lawsuit was settled, the safety walls were re-installed.
                        I chose not to include the tragic death of Debbie Stone as part of my America Sings article.

                        In the interest of accuracy, please allow me to clarify the information from wec. It's true that there was a sad accident soon after America Sings opened. But it wasn't a case of Disneyland removing breakaway walls to save money.

                        Carousel of Progress had operated safely for around seven years with stationary walls in the central core (between each stage) which aligned with stationary walls in the moving theaters whenever the theater came to a stop. There was a cast member station in one corner of each of the six theaters. That's where the phone/microphone was located from which the cast member would make announcements.

                        America Singshttp://www.mouseplanet.com/articles.php?art=mt040708dk
                        Werner Weiss
                        Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                        • #13
                          Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                          Originally posted by KevinYee View Post
                          typo at the end of the article: Star Tours opened in 1987, not 1986.
                          Thank you! I fixed it.

                          Originally posted by KevinYee View Post
                          I dearly miss AmerSings. I have an article planned for April of this to commemorate the 20 year anniversary, alas.
                          I'm looking forward to it!
                          Werner Weiss
                          Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                          • #14
                            Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                            I like the fact that one of the Star Tour "Goose Droids" sings "I've been working on the same droid" at one point. One of the two geese that went to Star Tours was from the Western Quartet, where the geese sang "I've been working on the railroad." Wanna bet it's the same goose?

                            Mind you, it's a bit of a stretch that, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away, there'd be a song so similar to an Earth folk song, but the level of suspension of disbelief is worth the price of an America SIngs in-joke.

                            America Sings was my favorite thing in Disneyland. Before that, Country Bear Jamboree was, and before that, it was Enchanted Tiki Room. I've always been a sucker for A-A shows. And now Tiki is the only one left. Disneyland used to be known for its animatronics (see the original Stepford Wives for an example of that), but they've been moving further and further away from that, it seems.

                            *Pop goes the weasel, hehehehehe.*

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                            • #15
                              Re: Feb. 8, 2008 - America Sings

                              Strange to think that America Sings was around longer than Carousel of Progress.

                              It was a fun attraction, even if portions of it were a little corny. I'd take it back in a heartbeat over Tom Morrow!

                              But in my opinion, the cheapest thing Disneyland ever did was to recycle the animatronic characters by putting them inside Splash Mountain. What, they didn't think anyone would notice?

                              Thanks for the link to David Koenig's article commemorating Debbie Stone. I still think about her after all these years.

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