The Best of Americana at Walt Disney World

Once could say that Walt Disney World itself is a special piece of Americana. For many travelers who pass through its gates, Walt Disney World offers the only look at America they see. So what places at the resort show the best of us, and where can one go to discover the spirit of the land? We've got six spots that make a patriotic heart swell with pride, where Americana is shown off to it's most dreamlike brilliance.

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Main Street USA

Main Street USA was Walt Disney's dream of small town America at the turn of the 20th century. From City Hall and horse drawn Trolleys, to quaint shops and creamy cool ice cream cones. Each building and bit of Main Street USA not only draws you deeper into the Park, but showcase a perfect vision of the American Dream. Be sure to stop at Casey's Corner to listen to the piano man and sink your teeth into some great hot dogs and fries. I'm partial to the chili-cheese dog myself.

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Liberty Square

The entire landscape of Liberty Square was created to showcase the birth of this Nation. From the architecture, and hidden design choices we've discussed before, to the Hall of Presidents where viewers can discover the birth and growing pains of our nation. This attraction showcases not only the journey of our country, but the words of our greatest political leaders. While you're waiting to get into the show - be sure to browse some of the museum treasures in the pre-show area. My favorite is George Washington's Beer Mug.

The Hall of PresidentsThe Hall of Presidents

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

America's expansion West was a time of vision and exploration that can still be felt at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. At this rustic camp ground just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom, guests can get back to a simpler and more laid back way of vacationing. Fort Wilderness offers a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy such as boating, biking, fishing, and horse back riding. The nightly campfire and marshmallow roast was the first on property, and still (I think) the best.

At Pioneer Hall a foot stomping, napkin swinging dinner show takes place. The Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue is a fun night of song and dance where guests get to experience not only classic American musical selections, but get to enjoy the some down home food.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas

Just a short ways away sitting on beautiful Bay Lake the westward expansion continues with the magnificent Wilderness Lodge. This resort evokes the Pacific Northwest region of the country, and our vast National Parks with its Grand Lodge style. This resort has been voted by our readers the most magical at Christmas time. Guests are welcome take a tour of the resort and learn about the real life inspirations for Wilderness Lodge. For a truly special, and slightly more modern taste of the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend an elegant dinner at Artists Point.

Take A Tour of Disney's Wilderness LodgeTake A Tour of Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The American Pavilion

The American Adventure sits at the center of Epcot's World Showcase promenade, its colonial architecture dominating the landscape, even from across the lagoon. This attraction, in my opinion, is the most American of them all - its pomp and prodigiousness all up front. While the moving show of American history brings tears to my eyes every single time, the secret treat in this grand building is actually the pre-show. Voices of Liberty is an 8 person acapella group that entertains in the rotunda of the American Adventure, and listening to their stirring renditions of American folk music is a highlight of the pavilion.

The People's MansionThe People's Mansion

Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas

Down by the seaside, millions of Americans flock to the shores each year to enjoy leisure time, and this resort brings to mind a turn-of-the-century Atlantic City waterfront resort. Guests here will enjoy the whimsy of carnival games and unique nightlife just steps away from Epcot. To me this retreat is most lovely at night with the lights shimmer off the water. Grab a cocktail and take a stroll to enjoy the Boardwalk and its magical world.

What part of Walt Disney World makes you most nostalgic for the American Dream? Leave a comment and let us know!

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