Saturday, April 14, 2018

Backstage Disney: The American Adventure (Video)

By Keith Mahne

Join the Imagineers on a behind the scenes look at what it took to bring to life the largest animatronic show of all time, The American Adventure. Let's peek behind the curtain as we watch this 1987 Disney Channel special hosted by Lloyd Bridges called Backstage Disney: The American Adventure and take an inside look at the creation of this classic EPCOT Center attraction...

Before you watch this classic Disney Channel special, keep an eye out near the start of the show. You will see the camera pull back as we take in the large Imagineering model of Epcot Center. If you blink you might just miss a couple of major additions depicted in this scene that features some concept attractions that never made it to the Park.

Legendary Imagineer Randy Bright and a colleague examine the American Adventure while flanked by models of the Matterhorn and Mount Fuji.

Long-time fans may recall that during the Disney Decade of the 1990s, plans were announced to build a replica of Japan’s Mount Fuji in World Showcase, as well as a new Switzerland Pavilion featuring the Matterhorn.

And now, enjoy the 1987 Disney Channel special called Backstage Disney: The American Adventure...

(For your viewing pleasure, be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player located above prior to starting the video below if you are on a desktop computer.)


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.

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