‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ Is Replacing the Imagineer Paintings at the American Adventure Attraction

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Previously we thought that the upcoming exhibit announced for the American Adventure was to be placed in the America Gallery. But now it appears that the new exhibit called “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” is replacing the Imagineer paintings around the rotunda area.

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Here’s the write-up that the Disney Parks Blog posted:

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” will debut this Monday, Feb. 1, at EPCOT and continue beyond the end of the month inside The American Adventure. Featuring Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” (now streaming on Disney+), this new exhibit showcases historic artifacts of famous jazz musicians, inviting you on a musical tour of the United States to learn more about this colorful, inspiring and constantly evolving genre of music.”

However, they never mentioned that the exhibit would replace the famous scenes that have been there since The American Adventure opened. However WDWNT have show images of the covered paintings that have apparently replaced the Imagineer ones.

(Photo Credit: WDWNT)

Now I’m hoping this a temporary adjustment or some other way of keeping the original paintings but adding to them, and not some new way to shove more IP into EPCOT.

The original paintings featured various scenes of American history that keep the theme of “spirit” that was see with the statue and history presented during the show.

Here’s a list of the original art that has been featured for decades:

  • A Lesson For the Future – This piece depicted a teacher and students learning outside while a school house was being built in the background.
  • Building a Future Together – Features construction workers building a skyscraper.
  • Compassion Knows No Boundary – Medical professionals treating the sick in another country.
  • Defending Freedom – Factory making planes for the World War II effort.
  • Election Day – People gathering in a community to listen to the results of the election.
  • Giving Thanks – A family praying over their Thanksgiving meal
  • Promise of America– Immigrants coming into America and with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
  • Reaching for the Stars – A collage of what was happening at NASA at the time.
  • Seeds of Hope– Native Americans showing Pilgrims how to plant corn.
  • Staying the Course – Two ships sailing at sea
  • Westward Ho – Wagons crossing a river on their way West.

You can see more about those paintings and who painted them HERE and HERE. These articles are full of fantastic information about the pieces!

While I would love to see what they will bring to the new pieces coming in, I really hope they’re temporary and we get the original paintings returned at some point. They represent so much to so many. Even if they change a great deal about EPCOT, I hope they keep some of it’s history, like the paintings, intact.

Stay tuned because they are going to unveil the new pieces in the “Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” exhibit tomorrow, February 1st.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Sources: Disney Parks Blog, WDWNT, Wikipedia,


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