Listen to The American Adventure full show recording from 1995
The American Adventure has to be the most ambitious show ever conceived by WED. Imagineer Randy Bright (who wrote quite possibly the best book on Imagineering, “Disneyland: The Inside Story”) crafted an expansive overview of American history. It’s multiple location changes and many characters are magnificently brought to life via a combination of sets, audioanimatronic characters and a giant rear projection screen. By 1982 standards it was a technical triumph, with then innovations like the ersatz “walking” Frankin figure and Mark Twain & Ben exchanging a handshake (their hands are actually several feet apart, but it looks perfect at the audience’s viewing angle).
Captured here is a recording of the show as it was presented in 1995. Note that there is a digital glitch that occurs about minute into the “Golden Dreams” section. Something happened to the recorder; when the show was over and I pressed the stop button, the unit was stuck writing the table of contents for over a half hour. I noticed that the bottom was hot and placed it on top of a metal garbage can to try to cool it down. This would have been the second or third recording lost to a malfunctioning MiniDisc recorder, so it was after this that I decided to make the change to DAT.
Sony MZ-1 MiniDisc recorder
2 Radio Shack 33-1089 omni mics, spread about 12 feet apart on the rail at the foot of the stage