America Sings

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on July 03, 2014 at 7:39 pm with 15 Comments

Every year, on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding. At Yesterland, America Sings is a nostalgic and patriotic salute to American music.
 

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  • ayalexander

    I wish I could have seen America Sings back when it was at Disneyland. Now I can only see it through youtube videos and a photo collection of the attraction that I keep. (I have a massive photo collection of Disneyland’s rides, lands and attractions.) America Sings I believe was one of the last great attractions, and being that it was designed by Disney Legends that actually knew Walt, it has a special place in my heart. Though I am glad the animatronics could be re-purposed, I have a feeling that Sam the Eagle’s animatronic figure (at least one) lives on under the fur of Brer Fox in the scene where he is holding a rope that is suspending Brer Bear, -in Splash Mountain.

  • ScottOlsen

    What you miss most in Tomorrowland is the movement. The Rocket Jets (in their rightful place) and its elevator, the peoplemover and its speedramp, the skyway, and rotating building. The Autopia used to be easier to see.

    As far as I’m concerned, this corner of the park is still dead.

  • SpectroMan

    Great article. Thank you for acknowledging one of my favorite Tomorrowland attactions ever!
    I worked at the Park in the 90s and the theatres were occasionally used as breakrooms. The A/C still blasted as if it was open. One time, we snuck down below the theatres and found that the few figures not used in Splash Mountain were still there – some gutted, some still wearing their skins. It was fascinating, but so sad.

  • DarthSavage

    POP goes the weasel!

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    When CoP was taken the hope was taken out of Tomorrowland

  • Kennyland

    Nice photos. I loved this attraction and rode it every time I visited Disneyland back in those days. The 1970′s was my favorite decade at the park and America Sings along with America on Parade captured that era well. Just think at one time there were four audio-animatronic theater shows back then; Enchanted Tiki Room, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Country Bear Jamboree and America Sings.

  • DisneylandManFan

    Wonderful memories of a beloved ride (by me at least). ;-) I can still hear the soundtrack in my head as if I rode it yesterday. Every nuance and note. It may have been because of the time my friends and I used it as a “place of rest” at wee hours of the morning during the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland. But, I digress…… I still love and miss this attraction.

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    I loooooved America Sings! I got to see it in 1985, about a year before it closed, and was enamored with it. I went back to see that show several times that day. My next visit to Disneyland was in 1989 and I was devastated to learn America Sings was no longer there. Still one of my all-time favorite Disney attractions.

    • ayalexander

      haha, if you saw America Sings in 1985, there was no way you saw it a year before it closed. It closed in 1988. Anyway, at least you got to see it, I was born in 1992, and have only seen America Sings on YouTube. I wish I could see it just once… in person. I don’t care if its someones full-scale replica in their giant backyard… that’d be enough for me.

  • wendygirl1979

    Forgive my ignorance, but in the article it states that Innoventions loaded people as if the CoP/AS was still operating. Does it still rotate after all these years?

  • Disneykin Kid

    This was the hey day of Audio Animatronics. Unfortunately I remember the show looking and sounding severely dated at the end. Somehow animatronic shows don’t maintain people’s interest. But animatronics do great in rides, that’s why they should put the Country Bears in Grizzly River Run.

    I was wondering why the CoP had such a short run at Disneyland? Only 7 years? Was it because Disney World’s Tomorrowland really needed it? Or was it because the audiences were starting to go down? Or because DL wanted to take advantage of the Bicentennial? Or because Disneyland management in those days was more proactive in building new attractions? Or maybe I answered my own question – all the above reasons?

    • Klutch

      As I recall, America Sings replaced CoP for the Bicentennial. I lived in Orange County at the time and my elementary school did a Bicentennial field trip to Disneyland. We watched America on Parade, rode the Columbia, watched Great Moments with Mr. Lincon and America Sings. It was great.

  • Disneykin Kid

    This was the hey day of Audio Animatronics. Unfortunately I remember the show looking and sounding severely dated at the end. Somehow animatronic shows don’t maintain people’s interest. But animatronics do great in rides, that’s why they should put the Country Bears in Grizzly River Run.

    I was wondering why the CoP had such a short run at Disneyland? Only 7 years? Was it because Disney World’s Tomorrowland really needed it? Or was it because the audiences were starting to go down? Or because DL wanted to take advantage of the Bicentennial? Or because Disneyland management in those days was more proactive in building new attractions? Or maybe I answered my own question – all the above reasons?

  • Stormy

    Loved AS. A great attraction where it was OK to sing along (during SOME parts!).

  • Country Bear

    This is one of my all time favorite Disneyland attractions and still resonates with me today.

    I rode the attraction many times and it was always on our “must see” list, over and over. The show was pure Disney magic from start to finish and it was very engaging. It was also a long attraction at 20+ minutes (we don’t see that anymore!). The air conditioned theater was a welcome respite from the heat and the music was just plain catchy. I’m certain I learned more about music on this ride than all of my years in music classes.
    I’ve often wondered why this attraction went away. I recall a Disneyland tour guide saying that it didn’t attract the crowds it once did. Yet I can clearly see that its replacement, Innoventions, doesn’t draw as many people in a day that America Sings drew in 20 minutes. Was the attraction in the wrong location? Yes. But it was still a strong attraction and true to Disney’s core entertainment beliefs. I often think how Disneyland would have really benefited from a Christmas overlay of this attraction.

    Sad to see it go, but I can still visit old friends in Splash Mountain.

    Thanks for the article Werner.