Inside The American Adventure, as you go up the stairs from the rotunda you pass through the Hall of Flags. The Hall features 44 flags that have flown over the United States of America (or the land it now occupies) at some point or another over the past 500 years, from the Spanish Bourbon Flag adopted in 1513 to the 50 Star Flag that currently flies over the U.S. (and has since 1960).
Check out Betsy’s post in On the Go in MC for more pictures of the flags displayed.
The building that houses The American Adventure in Epcot is actually five stories tall, but since most colonial American buildings were only two stories tall, the Imagineers use forced perspective to make the building look smaller than it really is. This becomes evident when you look at the doorways. From far away they look normal sized because they are proportional to the rest of the building’s facade, but when you look at the people standing in them, it’s obvious that they are much larger than normal. In fact, they’re 12 feet tall.
Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe features several artifacts belonging to other famous Americans, such as Johnny Appleseed’s pot-hat, Kit Carson’s scouting tools, Davy Crocket’s satchel and powder horn, and The Lone Ranger’s mask and silver bullet (notice how the name plaque next to it is left blank).
Ever wonder what that brown area of the pavement in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World is? Well, back in colonial days, there was no indoor plumbing, so people went to the bathroom in chamber pots, which they would then empty out the window. An open sewer ran down the middle of the street to collect all of this waste (as well as the waste produced by horses going down the streets).
It’s all about the details with Disney!
(Thanks to Kevin from 2 Men and the Mouse for cluing me in to this fact!)
Make sure to take a look at the windows in Liberty Square. In an upper window you’ll see two lanterns, representing the lanterns in the Old North Church in Boston that signaled Paul Revere (“One if by land, two if by sea”). You can also find a rifle in one window, which in colonial times meant that the man living in that house was ready to answer the call to arms and join the militia. Another window has a girl’s doll sitting in it.
Some of the buildings in Liberty Square have shutters that are slightly crooked. This is just one example of the attention to detail that went into their design.
During the Revolutionary War, colonists were making musket balls out of any scraps of metal they could find, including the hinges from their shutters. The would replace the hinges with leather straps that over time would stretch, leaving the shutters hanging crooked.
Almost every building on Main Street USA has a flag flying above it, to reflect Walt Disney’s patriotism. But the only real flag is the one on the flag pole. This is because according to US custom, the American flag should only be flown from sunrise to sunset.To avoid having to raise and lower every flag each day, the ones on top of the buildings each have a flaw in the number of stars or stripes, and are thus not considered real flags.
The flag that is on the pole is lowered every day at 5:00 PM in the Flag Retreat ceremony. A veteran is selected from the park guests each day to participate in the ceremony.
Since tomorrow is July 4th,
lets look at some of the American themed areas of the parks!
This year’s Miss USA Nia Sanchez was friends with several princesses at Hong Kong Disneyland.
They even wished her luck in the pageant: