Take a virtual audio trip in this installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, brought to you in immersive binaural sound, experiencing another magical memory from Walt Disney World. In today’s memory, you will join my family as we leave Futureworld, stroll through the countries listening to various musical acts, and finish with an amazing performance by the incomparable Voices of Liberty.
Well hello and welcome to the WDW-Memories Podcast where together we relive that Walt Disney World Magic. My name is Lou and I’ll once again be your host on this magical adventure.
Happy early Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States. I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, and that the holiday season is upon us already. It may not be the normal holidays we are used to this year, but maybe we can relive some memories in our mind of a time where it was a little more so for each of us, and by doing so, pick our spirits up to carry on through difficult times until we reach the other side. So let’s get back to Epcot, shall we?
For today’s memory, we are continuing our second day in the parks. It’s been a beautiful summer morning in September 2016. If you remember from last time, we just finished two rides on the recently updated Soarin’ to now go around the world. We have not stopped for much food, and it’s time for our lunch reservation at the Garden Grill. We’ll join the memory as we have made our way upstairs from the Soarin’ gate, and are about to be shown to our seats. Don’t worry, we won’t listen to the whole meal, I just wanted to maybe share how cool it is to eat in a restaurant that rotates through the Living with the Land attraction, hearing as we pass through the Jungle, Desert, and Prarie scenes. Or how exciting it is for kids (of all ages) to get a visit from the various Disney favorite characters like Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale when they stop by. The food here is excellent, just make sure you save room for the deserts. Once fed and ready to go, we head up the ramp and back out of the Land Pavilion, heading for the countries with hopes of catching the Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure rotunda.
On our way around World Showcase Promenade, we’ll pass by Canada first where on the Canada Mill Stage Alberta Bound is performing. We’ll stop for a song and enjoy this highly talented group, which I wish now I had taken more time to stop and enjoy. With Mikey growing antsy, we move on, and as the music fades, we’ll begin hearing another musical group as we round the corner in France. Approaching the Morocco Pavilion, our ears are met with the music of the then-new Musique Aramenco. I didn’t realize then that they were so new to the park, or again, I might have stopped and enjoyed the show a bit longer. But we have a goal in mind, and continue on our way, finally arriving at The American Adventure Pavilion. We have a few minutes before they come out, so we head to the amazing American Heritage Gallery to explore the “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” which was currently on exhibit. We’ll listen to some of the narration you would experience there as we share with the kids some of the over 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution represented here. Finally, the Voices of Liberty come out and perform for us a selection of songs, showcasing some of the amazing vocal talents. Even more fun, the group Voctave (of which many of the Voices of Liberty members helped found) is gaining traction online at the time, so after the show, we’ll get a few minutes to chat with some of the members about this new endeavor and how excited we are to add more of their music to our collection.
The music of Epcot is just one of the greatest things the park has to offer. Yes, there are amazing rides, but what makes Epcot so unique are those cultural experiences, which can often be heard in the music presented at each pavilion. I hope someday to return to the parks, and this time, I will definitely stop to absorb as much of the music as I can.
Today’s memory is in binaural once again, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.
Now join my family as we experience Epcot culture the way they intended, with performances by some of the great musical acts the park has.