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Vintage Walt Disney World: The American Adventure Pavilion is Dedicated at Epcot

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

On this day in 1982, the American Adventure Pavilion was dedicated at Epcot. Below is a look at the dedication ceremony.
The American Adventure Pavilion is Dedicated at Epcot in 1982

Inside this 1,024-seat theater, home to The American Adventure show, are 12 statues known as The Spirits of America, representing American qualities.
The Spirits of America in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot

How many can you name without any assistance from the Internet? Here’s a hint – their descriptions: seaman, doctor, mountain man, pilgrim, Native American, colonial solider, cowboy, scientist, teacher, aviator, farmer, and woman and child. I’ll be honest: I only knew three!

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  • I just know the fisherman is none other than the Gloucester Fisherman. I made special note of that because I live only fifteen minutes away from Gloucester.

  • Did this open with the park and just get dedicated on the 11th?

    • Yes, you are correct.

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