I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and fun July 4th holiday! Walt Disney World continued it’s annual tradition of incredible July 4th fireworks at the Magic Kingdom Park and for those of us unable to attend in person, disneyparksblog.com featured a live stream of the event. Hopefully, you and your family were able to watch the event and experience a little Walt Disney World magic at home. Of course, there’s many ways to celebrate July 4th at the parks and wonderful tidbits of trivia to discover!
1. How many separate dining rooms are located within Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square?
- 6 – The sit down colonial-styled restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, features six separate dining rooms themed to reflect important personalities from the Revolutionary Period. Within this 18th century home, keen observers will be able to notice the different decorations and props found in the rooms that reflect historical luminaries such as; Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and Betsy Ross. A few of the highlights include the simple styled Paul Revere room which specializes in nautical themed decor, navigation equipment and silversmith tools while the more grandiose Virginian style of the Benjamin Franklin room is complete with kite and key. Don’t forget to take in the wood paneling and color scheme of each room as they are period specific. Make sure to take the time to really look around the Liberty Tree Tavern waiting area as there are many more intricate details and nods to American history.
2. True or False: The Liberty Bell located in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square has been there since the park’s opening on October 1, 1971. The Liberty Bell located in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square was received from Pennsylvania who, along with the other 50 states, had a replica from 1976 when 50 replicas of the original Liberty Bell from 1751 were cast and molded to celebrate America’s 200th anniversary. Having two Liberty Bell’s, Pennsylvania donated the replica to Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Bell was lowered into it’s permanent home in Liberty Square on July 4th, 1989. For more detailed information about Walt Disney World’s Liberty Bell visit frequent podcast guest, Ryan Wilson’s Main Street Gazette.
3. How many statues can be found inside The American Adventure theatre at Epcot’s America Pavilion?
- 12 – Ranging in height from 5 feet 5 inches to over 6 feet tall the 12 statues can be found on both your right and left side as you enter the theatre. Each statue represents a personified spirit of American values. The statues are titled Adventure, Compassion, Discovery, Freedom, Heritage, Independence, Individualism, Innovation, Knowledge, Pioneering, Self Reliance and Tomorrow.
4. True or False: The building that houses Epcot’s The American Adventure is made entirely of fiberglass. Unlike Cinderella’s Castle, which is made of fiberglass, The American Adventure building is made out of bricks (which were molded in fiberglass) – 110,000 in fact. The building design for The American Adventure is based off of the Georgian style of the late 1700s, so it is only fitting that each brick is handmade from Georgia red clay.
5. How large is the screen used in Epcot’s theatrical show The American Adventure?
- 28 feet high by 155 feet long – The American Adventure‘s screen is the largest rear projection screen in existence. As such, the film for the show is the longest single loop of film ever employed for a Walt Disney theme park show. The film is 3,330 feet long and snakes up and down seven specially designed storage cabinets in order to be played.
- 60 feet high by 155 feet long
- 40 feet high by 155 feet long
6. How many Audio-Animatronic figures are utilized during The American Adventure show?
- 35 – While the Audio-Animatronic (AA) figures in The American Adventure show are not the most technological advanced, they are very important in Walt Disney World history. These AA’s marked the first time that each individual AA was equipped with their own voice and speakers. Previous to this attraction, when AA’s were employed, music and voices were piped through room speakers as opposed to the individual character.
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2001. The fire was ignited and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.