EPCOT Reopens Classic Attraction Following Lengthy Refurbishment

Several refurbishments are currently underway around the Walt Disney World Resort, and while some will continue into the new year, fans will be excited to learn about one iconic EPCOT attraction that has just reopened.

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The American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase has been hosting Candlelight Processional for the holiday season, along with the Voices of Liberty a cappella group, and a historical exhibit in the American Heritage Gallery. Along with these experiences, the pavilion is also home to the American Adventure show, one of the most impressive Audio-Animatronics productions Disney has ever created.

On December 23, 2022, after a nearly four-month refurbishment, the American Adventure show finally reopened to Guests. The attraction was originally set to reopen on December 19; however, its reopening was delayed twice.

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The American Adventure show is hosted by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, with the two historic figures bringing Guests through several periods of American history including the American Revolution, Civil War, Industrial Revolution, and World War II, with 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, and original artwork and music.

The attraction’s recent refurbishment included routine maintenance on the show, as no updates have been made to the show scenes. With all of the moving parts that are required to make each performance possible, occasional maintenance work is needed to keep the show in the best condition for Guests.

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Disney’s official description of the American Adventure reads:

An Epic Journey
In this dramatic production featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, digital rear-projection images on a 72-foot screen and stirring patriotic songs, you’ll watch firsthand as America’s story unfolds.

Take your seat in a stately Colonial theater and meet Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain—your guides on this trip through time.

Witness landmark events like landing of the Mayflower, the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the Great Depression.

You’ll even encounter luminaries like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Chief Joseph and Teddy Roosevelt, among others.

For up-to-date showtimes for the American Adventure, check or the My Disney Experience app. Enjoy the show!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."