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By Jennifer Wat
Celebrate America at Disney World
By Jennifer Watson and DaCeleve Marx

Mom, apple pie, and… Walt Disney World? That's right - few places are as uniquely American as the 47-square-mile resort in Orlando, Florida. If you're yearning to celebrate America, and do your part to boost the U.S. travel industry at the same time, a visit to Walt Disney World may be just what your family needs. You can stroll down Main Street, U.S.A., participate in a flag retreat ceremony, relive history with our U.S. presidents, and enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner any time of the year. Here is a take-along list of some All-American Disney attractions:

  • Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom welcomes you to turn-of-the-century America! Beyond the horse-drown trolleys and nostalgic buildings, you'll find patriotic music and the American flag proudly displayed in the town square. Visit at 5:00 pm for the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony, complete with a color guard, music, and flock of white doves. On Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, the Main Street Philharmonic performs. Veterans may inquire at City Hall about assisting in the flag retreat.

  • Liberty Square is just down Main Street, U.S.A. Once inside, you step back further in time to Colonial America-note the majestic Liberty Tree hung with 13 lanterns representing the original colonies. Behind the live oak tree is a replica of our Liberty Bell, and it really rings! Be sure to pay a visit to The Hall of Presidents, presenting a stirring, patriotic view of our past. The 20-minute show features lifelike Audio-Animatronics figures of every U.S. president, including President George W. Bush. Liberty Square is also home to the Liberty Tree Tavern, a Colonial-style inn serving casual lunches and Thanksgiving-style dinners with all the trimmings.

  • At the American Adventure at Epcot, Ben Franklin and Mark Twain take you on a patriotic tour of U.S. history. Along the way they pick up Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. to recreate famous American events. The 30-minute show includes an inspiring film with an amazing score. Before the show, catch a performance by the "Voices of Liberty" or "American Vybe" singing groups. Let's not forget the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps outside the show-they perform Thursdays-Mondays.

  • Walt Disney, who would have turned 100 this year, sums it up best. "Recently I was invited to see a show on America, and as I sat there watching and listening I felt both proud and thrilled; thrilled with the voices; thrilled with the sounds; proud of the group of one hundred talented young Americans singing about our country. The songs that made me proud of being an American." Walt Disney World is the biggest and best show on America you'll find… and we invite you to make it a part of your family's history.

To learn more about Walt Disney World and its attractions, pick up a copy of the PassPorter Walt Disney World guidebook, winner of five American book awards. PassPorter guidebooks are available in bookstores and at 1-877-WAYFARER. Or order on the Internet at http://www.passporter.com.

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