June 29, 1974 – The Tomorrowland Attraction America Sings Opens in Disneyland
“Yankee Doodle! Yes folks, that was America’s first popular song, and that’s what this show is all about: America’s music.”
On June 29, 1974, the attraction America Sings opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, occupying the carousel theater that held GE’s Carousel of Progress after it moved to Walt Disney World. The attraction introduced to the audience the history of American music, using 100 characters to illustrate the sounds of four different eras. It was hosted by a character called Sam the Eagle, who had a variation of the song “Yankee Doodle” before each area. Sam had an owl as a co-host and a weasel as a frequent interrupting guest. The attraction closed on April 10, 1988, and many of the characters were transferred to the Riverboat scene in Splash Mountain.