One of my favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World is The American Adventure inside of the United States pavilion at Epcot.


The American AdventureSpaceship Earth. Your first view of the World Showcase would be revealed once you exit from under the American pavilion.


THE SPIRIT OF INDIVIDUALISM


THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE


THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

Two factors were considered that forced the pavilion to be located at the back of the lagoon. The first was the appeal of having the host pavilion act as an anchor on the far side of the lagoon. The second factor was the feeling that placing the facility between the two lands would suggest that the United States was aloof and not part of the family of nations.


THE SPIRIT OF PIONEERING


THE SPIRIT OF COMPASSION


THE SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY


THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM


THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE



The original plan was to have three hosts, each representing a different American Century. Ben Franklin was an obvious choice as was Mark Twain. It was thought that Will Rogers would be credible as the 20th Century representative. However, that idea was dropped as the editing process continued.


THE SPIRIT OF HERITAGE


THE SPIRIT OF SELF-RELIANCE



THE SPIRIT OF TOMORROW




THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION

Two Brothers



The American Adventure opened as the host showcase nation on October 1st, 1982.

One of the best books written about this attraction is Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot by Steve Alcorn and David Green in 2007. I knew the attraction was a complex machine but after reading this book, I am amazed that this miracle of entertainment runs every 45 minutes for 10 hours a day or more.

Building a Better Mouse

Division 510 was made up of three disciplines: show, ride, and audio. The show unit created the electronic systems for everything guests would see including the audio-animatronics characters, lights, and special effects. The ride unit worked on the things that moved or show pieces that moved. The audio unit created the audio magic that enhances the guest experience.



Okay, confession time. I was privileged to be the Project Manager for the update to the City of Rancho Cucamonga's General Plan. One of my challenges was to collaborate with the community and draft a vision for the their future. I was trying to figure out a framework that would embody the can-do spirit evident in that community. While sitting in the grand theater awaiting the start of The American Adventure, I could not help but stare at the statues that lined the walls. Each one represented the best qualities that we as Americans occasionally demonstrate. I was inspired. I decided to frame the guiding principles discussion as the Spirit of Rancho Cucamonga and it worked. Today, these principles guide development within the city. The project won an American Planning Association award earlier this year.

Inside of the lobby of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln



We have an extra bit to add to today's SAMLAND. Since Epcot's Food and Wine festival starts on September 30th, we thought we'd introduce you to a new guide to this popular event.



I am a big fan of the Disney Food Blog and find it a wonderful way to relive past culinary delights or to anticipate new finds for my next trip to the theme parks.

Their new e-book, the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a treat for those of you thinking about visiting this year's festival. The cost is a reasonable $13.95.






The information is legible and well organized. The introduction is perfect for new comers and provides a good overview of the various activities. If you need more information, press the link and you will be guided to the proper page later in the book. In many respects, the information is much more comprehensive and useful then official Disney sources. Everything is laid out from the big picture down into the details. There are lots of helpful tips on how to maximize your time and get the best out of the events. Just like talking to a friend who has been many times before.





Probably the highlight for many will be the detailed descriptions of each booth. Containing photos of the architecture and samples of the food, you will really be in the know.

By the time you review all of the (pricy) signature events, it is refreshing to read about low-cost seminars, demos, and activities. One of the strangest moments in the book is the Eat to the Beat concert section. Not only are the artists listed but there are links to their greatest hits available for sale on iTunes ad Amazon. Half-marathon fans also get a detailed description of their event.

I think for many readers, the Touring Strategies are where this book pays for itself. Whether it be a one-day or two-day visit, you will have a great guidemap. For those on a budget, this will make the event something to remember.



I received this e-book from the author at no charge for the purpose of this review.



In October, my new book, WALT and the Promise of Progress City, will be available. Just in time for your holiday gift list! We'll have more information for you very soon.

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