There are many design elements that are working together to make this a tremendous attraction. Starting with the building itself, this colonial style manor used English Georgian architecture. By utilizing architecture that draws upon America's Colonial times, it automatically draws the guests into one of the most definitive periods of America's history.
An unbelievable amount of technology went into creating this masterful show. In addition to the audio-animatronic figures that you see, there is a 175 ton, 65-foot by 35-foot scene changer that moves all of the show sets into place before they are elevated into view by telescoping hydraulic lifts. It takes a network of over two dozen computers to control all of the action that takes place during this show.
The many audio-animatronic figures used throughout the show have movements and a sense of realism not seen elsewhere. Next time you see the show pay close attention to George Washington's horse, it is hard to tell it is not real.
If you watch closely you will also see that any action that takes place in a time that predates the invention of the camera is only shown in artwork or scenes using audio-animatronics, but not in staged photography or film. This was done to give it a higher sense of integrity and consistency with WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering) Philiosophy.
See The American Adventure
Any trip to Epcot is not complete without seeing The American Adventure. There is so much to see and take in, that it takes many viewings to capture the multitude of details. The more times you see the show, the more you notice and appreciate.
See The American Adventure for the great storytelling, or see it for the impressive technology, but make sure you see The American Adventure.