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Good morning! This day in Disneyland history, April 10th, 1988: at the end of the day, Disneyland's "America Sings", housed in The Carousel Theater, (operating since June 1974) closes in Tomorrowland.
America Sings was a 24 minute patriotic musical production that included a cast of over 100 Audio Animatronic characters! Enter one of six identical theaters, and have a seat. Sam the Eagle, with the voice of Burl Ives, will be your host as your theater rotates around a central axis in six stops. The two-level building, only used the lower floor. The PeopleMover trains passed through the SuperSpeed Tunnel on the upper floor.
According to yesterland.com: The first big act takes place in a swamp in the Deep South...
The Swamp Boys sing “Polly Wolly Doodle.”
The denizens of the swamp sing “Down by the Riverside.”
The geese sing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
The second big act is set on a moonlit plain of the Old West...
Saddlesore Swanson sings “The Old Chisholm Trail.”
The third big act is performed in a 1890's ballroom... Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!
The final big act takes place in a back alley of a twentieth-century city and finally after reprising “Yankee Doodle” one last time, Sam the Eagle urges you and everyone else in the audience to join in for “Auld Lang Syne.” You’re back in a simple theater that looks similar to the one you first entered, but it’s actually the exit theater. The show is over. Exit from the Carousel Theater to a jazzy version of “Stars and Stripes Forever.” (all songs titles and photos are from yesterland.com to read the lyrics click here)
After a run of almost 14 years, twice as long as it predecessor (The Carousel of Progress). America Sings closed permanently April 10th, 1988. In 1989, almost all the critters from America Sings were moved to Critter Country and Splash Mountain. This Splash Mountain porcupine ( pictured on the bottom right of the main photo below) was once a drummer in America Sings. According to BBM, “some of the ducks animatronics are in IASW” as well.
The Carousel Theater will be used as office space for the next ten years before finally being replaced by Innoventions in 1998.
Not enough history for you? Learn more about The Carousel Thearter, America Sings and other audioAnimatronicDisney projects here in this extinct attractions history video:
Do you remember this attraction? What did you think of it?Did you have a favorite song? Or maybe a character?
Thanks so much for reading and watching! Hope you all have a terrific Thursday!
Hoping to see lots of photos from the It's A Small World celebration today! Which by the way, was created by WED Enterprises in record time for the 1964 New York World's Fair. Then moved and re-built at Disneyland after the World's Fair closed in 1966. It opened in Disneyland May 28th, 1966. I'm sure a few of you were confused how it could be 50 years, so there you have it. ;) I'll have to make a special post about it in May for it's birthday at Disneyland. :)