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America Sings was a show at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, from 1974 to 1988. It featured a cast of Audio-Animatronic animals that entertained the audience by singing songs from various periods in America's musical history, often in a humorous fashion. Image File history File links America Signs Album Cover This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Disneyland is a theme park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment area. ... City nickname: Location Location within Orange County, California Government Country   State     County United States   California     Orange Mayor Curt Pringle Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 50. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ...

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The show

The show's M.C.'s were an American bald eagle named Sam (voiced by Burl Ives) and an unnamed owl (voiced by Sam Edwards) . Some of the songs exhibited were : Yankee Doodle, Home on the Range, Who Shot That Hole in My Sombrero?, Lay Down My Burden, I'm Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage, Tarara-boom-seeay, The Bowry, Sweet Adeline, Old Grey Mare, See You Later Alligator, Shake Rattle and Roll, and Pop Goes the Weasel. The image of Sam the Eagle, a symbol of the United States and designed by Robert Moore, was used as a mascot for The Games of the XXIII Olympiad held in 1984 in Los Angeles, United States. A Master of Ceremonies or MC is the host of a staged event or other performance. ... Burl Ives, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was a successful folk music singer, author and actor. ... Sam Edwards (May 26, 1915 - July 28, 2004) was an American actor. ... Yankee Doodle is a well-known American song, often sung patriotically today (although originally satirical). ... Home on the Range is the state of Kansas State Song. ... Shake, Rattle and Roll is a prototypical blues-form rock and roll song written by Jesse Stone (under his working name Charles Calhoun). ... This article is about the nursery rhyme. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles) is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ...


The show was comparable to Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree show. The audience seats rotated around the stage mechanically within Carousel Theater, a building with most of the outer lower level of the building rotating. It rotated clockwise, unlike its predecessor, the Carousel of Progress, which used the same system and went counter-clockwise. The attraction was located in Tomorrowland. The characters were designed by Marc Davis. The show opened for the United States Bicentennial. The Country Bear Jamboree is a former attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and a current attraction in the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Walt Disneys Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom The Carousel of Progress is a theme park ride, originally created by Walt Disney himself, that follows the journey of an ordinary family through the 20th century and beyond. ... Disneylands Tomorrowland logo as of 2005. ... Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913 - January 12, 2000) was one of the most talented artists at and a main animator for Disney Studios. ... The United States Bicentennial was celebrated on July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. ...


The death of Deborah Gail Stone

On July 18, 1974, just three weeks after the attraction opened, Disneyland cast member Deborah Gail Stone was killed when she was crushed between the building's rotating wall and a stationary wall. She was welcoming new audiences as they came into the theater. Stone approached too close to the area between the rotating wall and the non-moving stage wall and was caught between them. The Attraction was stopped when guests in the adjacent theatre heard her screams. July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


Afterwards, America Sings was closed for two days while safety lights were installed. Eventually, the walls were remodeled so that they would breakaway when a similar incident occurred.


Closure

After the Bicentennial, the show faded in popularity until only fifty park guests were seated at a time. America Sings closed in 1988. Carousel Theater sat empty for ten years, until America Sings was replaced by Innoventions, a version of the Epcot attraction of the same name, in 1998. Most of the Audio-Animatronic animals were moved to Disneyland's Splash Mountain log flume, which opened on Disneyland's 34th anniversary on July 17, 1989. Two goose Audio-Animatronics were taken out before America Sings even closed. In 1986, they had their "skin" removed, which leaves only a robotic skeleton, and had their heads replaced, and were used as two talkative G2 droids in the queue to Star Tours, which would open in early 1987. The rock and roll stork in the finale is now used by Imagineers for training new Animatronics programmers, acting as a final exam of sorts. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tom Morrow, Mayor of Tomorrowland and host at Disneylands Innoventions Innoventions is a pavilion in Future World at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida that opened in 1994. ... Epcots logo Spaceship Earth is the symbol of Epcot. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Splash Mountain is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and opened on July 17, 1989; at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and opened on July 17, 1992; and at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan on October 1, 1992. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Tours is a simulator ride located in many of the Disney theme parks, including Disneyland Park in California, Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, Disneyland Paris in France, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Attraction facts

June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Walt Disneys Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom The Carousel of Progress is a theme park ride, originally created by Walt Disney himself, that follows the journey of an ordinary family through the 20th century and beyond. ... Tom Morrow, Mayor of Tomorrowland and host at Disneylands Innoventions Innoventions is a pavilion in Future World at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida that opened in 1994. ...

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Attractions at Disneyland-style parks
Main Street, USA: Dapper Dans | Fantasy in the Sky | Main Street Electrical Parade | Remember... Dreams Come True | Wishes | World Bazaar
Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan's Flight | Skyway | Sleeping Beauty Castle | "it's a small world"
Tomorrowland: Adventure Thru Inner Space | America Sings | Autopia | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Captain EO | Carousel of Progress | Delta Dreamflight |
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | If You Had Wings | Innoventions | PeopleMover | Rocket Jets | Rocket Rods | Space Mountain | Star Tours | Stitch's Great Escape!
Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pinewood Indians | Rivers of America | Splash Mountain
Adventureland: Indiana Jones Adventure | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | Raging Spirits | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Other: Club 33 | Critter Country | Fantasmic! | The Haunted Mansion | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | New Orleans Square

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