The American pavilion
is a colonial-style mansion whose roots are found in the architecture of
Independence Hall, Boston's Old State House, Monticello and Colonial
Williamsburg. The 110,000 reddish colored bricks used on the building
were all hand-made from Georgian clay and were actually tinted and aged
to add to the authenticity. The floors inside are made from marble and
copper. Inside the lobby and Halls of this grand structure, you'll find
quotations from great Americans like Walt Disney, Althea Gibson, Charles
A. Lindbergh, Ayn Rand, Thomas Wolfe, Wendell Wilkie and Jane Addams.
Amidst the motivational sayings, you'll find artwork depicting the
development of the United States. The rose gardens around the pavilion
are unique in that they are all varieties named for U.S. Presidents. In
this building you can hear the melodious sounds of the Voices of
Liberty, an a capella singing group who give a 15 minute program of
traditional American folk songs. These heart-stirring renditions are not
to be missed. This very popular show is interpreted by Sign Language
Interpreters on Early Entry days at designated times.
FUN FACTS: Although the American Adventure building is actually five stories high, “forced perspective” makes it look only two stories high, so that it accurately reflects colonial architecture (in which buildings were never more than two stories). HIDDEN MICKEYS: In the foyer of the American Adventure, check out the three holes on the girder. During the show when the Statue of Liberty is shown and the torch set rises, behind the torch the cloud of smoke forms a Mickey.