You don’t have to look very far to see Disney has many attractions that pay homage to the America dream. In fact, you can amble down Main Street and see that its a slice of Americana. As we approach the 4th of July weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some things Disney and American.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: A stage show featuring an Audio-Animatronic version of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, best known for being presented at Disneyland since 1965. It was originally showcased as the prime feature of the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. One year after its debut at the World’s Fair, the show opened at Disneyland, where it has undergone several changes and periods of hiatus over the years.
Flag Retreat Ceremony is a tradition that dates back to opening. If you have ever studied or read about Walt Disney, you already know what a great patriot he was. As you come to Town Square, you will see a flag pole that hosted as the place of Walt’s opening day speech. Each evening around 4:30, Disneyland hosts a patriotic Flag retreat ceremony.
The Mark Twain River Boat is modeled after the steamboats of the 1800s. When the Mark Twain was constructed in 1954, it was the first riverboat to be built in half a century. As for the name of the riverboat, “Mark Twain” was a pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens who was a riverboat captain in his youth. On a riverboat, the calling of “mark twain” means “mark that the river is at least two fathoms deep”, which means it was safe for a riverboat to pass. Passengers embark on a scenic, 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America.
The Sailing Ship Columbia was built following the plans of the original Columbia ship from 1787, which was the first American ship to ever full circumnavigate the globe. The ship has 10 guns, three masts, and is 84 feet tall.The Columbia has entertained park visitors for over fifty years, including its twenty-one year role as Captain Hook’s pirate ship, the Jolly Roger, in the park’s popular nighttime show, Fantasmic!. Its passengers embark on a scenic, 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America.
Disneyland Railroad is a tribute to what connected the East and West. Celebrate Americana—and all things red, white and blue—as you steam away on a vintage train for a full circle tour of Disneyland Park. Your journey takes you through the Frontier, New Orleans Square, and Grand Canyon.
Walt Disney is perhaps a prime example of the American Dream.Walt’s own story is emblematic of this notion of American progress. He struggled against adversity, time and again. His failure led his to never give up on his dreams. Disneyland is a virtual love letter to the United States. “Disneyland would be a world of Americans, past and present, seen through the eyes of my imagination—a place of warmth and nostalgia, of illusion and color and delight,” Walt said. Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and New Orleans Square evoke American history (and its affectionate cousin, nostalgia). Disneyland and America go hand in and hand.
“Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is glowing this red, white, and blue stripe.” -Walt Disney