The American Adventure at Epcot is one of the more popular attractions located within the World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is a pavilion that celebrates the history and culture of the United States of America, featuring exhibits, shows and entertainment that showcase the country’s past, present, and future.
The centerpiece of the American Adventure pavilion is an Audio-Animatronics stage show that takes guests on a journey through America’s history, from the founding of the country to the present day. The show combines digital projection, music, and live actors to bring to life some of the most significant moments and figures in American history, from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the civil rights movement and the space race.
In addition to the show, the American Adventure pavilion also features exhibits and displays that highlight different aspects of American culture, such as the American Heritage Gallery, which showcases art and artifacts from Native American tribes and the Voices of Liberty, an a cappella group that performs patriotic songs in the pavilion’s rotunda.
The American Adventure at Epcot is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in American history and culture, and a great way to experience the best of what Walt Disney World has to offer.
Attractions and Shows
The American Adventure Show
The American Adventure Show is a 30-minute show at the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT. The show is a journey through American history, featuring audio-animatronic figures and films.
The show is hosted by two audio-animatronic figures, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, who guide the audience through key moments in American history, from the colonial period to the present day. The show features a variety of scenes, including the Boston Tea Party, the Civil War, and the civil rights movement.
One of the highlights of the show is the use of audio-animatronic figures, which are robotic figures that move and speak like real people. The show also features a stirring rendition of “Golden Dream,” a patriotic song that celebrates the American spirit.
Voices of Liberty
Voices of Liberty is an a cappella group that performs at the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT. The group sings a variety of patriotic songs, including “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The group performs in the rotunda of the pavilion, which has excellent acoustics that enhance the performance.
The group performs several times a day, and the performance schedule is available at the entrance of the pavilion. The performances are included with park admission, and guests can enjoy the show while standing or sitting on the floor.
American Heritage Gallery
The American Heritage Gallery is an exhibit that explores the art of American Indian Communities. Visitors will find a collection artwork from the seven geographic regions across the US that is made possible by a collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
The exhibit includes interactive displays, videos, and hands-on activities that provide an immersive experience for guests. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and guests can spend as much time as they want exploring the galleries. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible, and audio descriptions are available for guests with visual impairments.
Dining and Shopping Options
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
Located in the American Adventure Pavilion, the Regal Eagle Smokehouse is a quick-service restaurant that is a testament to American barbeque. Open for lunch and dinner, dishes include the Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs ($16.29), Kansas City Smoked Half- Chicken ($14.49), the BBQ Burger ($14.29) and the Power Greens Salad ($9.79). There is also a selection of craft beers, beverages and kids meals.
This eatery features four house made sauces that accompany your meal. These savory sauces include:
- Blue Ribbon Brisket Sauce
- Sizzlin’ Pit Dry Rub Coalition
- Old Glory Mustard Guild
- Blue Ridge Vinegar League
The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating areas with views of the World Showcase Lagoon. It should also be noted that the Regal Eagle Smokehouse is one of the few dining venues that offer self-service non-alcoholic beverages (can you say free refills).
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Guests looking for a pick me up can get it at the Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company marketplace. This kiosk offers a variety of coffees and teas as well as pastries and other specialty seasonal items.
Fife & Drum Tavern
The Fife & Drum Tavern is a great option for guests who are looking for a quick, casual meal while visiting Epcot. The menu features a variety of classic American snacks and beverages. One of the most popular items on the menu is the turkey leg, which is a large, smoked turkey leg that is perfect for sharing. The tavern also serves other snacks like popcorn, chips, and soft pretzels.
In addition to food, Fife & Drum Tavern also offers a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose from a variety of beers, including domestic and imported options, as well as specialty drinks like frozen lemonade and apple cider.
The Art of Disney
Guests visiting Walt Disney World will find a number of the Art of Disney stores throughout the property and EPCOT is no exception. There are a number of classic Disney artworks on display for viewing or purchase.
Epcot offers a variety of special events throughout the year, providing guests with unique experiences and entertainment. Many of the premier live performances at held at the America Gardens Theatre which is located along the Epcot lagoon, just across from the main pavilion building.
These special events include:
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts featuring Disney on Broadway
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival featuring the Garden Rocks Concert Series
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival featuring the Eat to the Beat Concert Series
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays featuring the Candlelight Processional
Secrets of the American Adventure Pavilion
The American Adventure Pavilion at is home to a few secrets that are readily obvious to most guests visiting EPCOT.
The American Adventure Pavilion is home to one of Disney’s private ultra-exclusive clubs known as Club 33. Also know as the Constellation Club, Club 33 is located on the second floor of the pavilion and has view of the American Gardens Theater and the EPCOT central lagoon.
If you are a fan of finding Hidden Mickey’s, check our the foyer of the pavilion during the American Adventure show. When the Statue of Liberty’s torch rises from the stage, smoke forms to feature a Hidden Mickey.
Single Use Bathrooms
Outside of the pavilion on the left side when facing the building (near the side entrance of the Regal Eagle Smokehouse) are two single-use bathrooms that are always clean and not typically crowded with other guests.