Experimental Projection Camera of Tomorrow
The art of film has been around for quite some time, including in the parks. Several attractions use “motion pictures,” or videos, in their storytelling. Some of them rely entirely on these movies to survive, such as Mickey’s Philharmagic and Muppet * Vision 3D. The art of film could play a heavy role in the fairly new Epcot festival, the Festival of the Arts. New films are expected to debut at the next Festival of the Arts.
The first of these would be a new Reflections of China. Announced back at the 2017 D23 Expo, the circle-vision show in World Showcase would be updated entirely… including the screen. If you go to either of the current circle-vision shows in Epcot, you’ll notice that the screens all have splits in between to make room for the projectors. With the new Reflections of China (if it’s even going to still be called that) will have a new seamless screen. This new film is rumored to have a new host from a Disney movie, the most obvious choice being someone from Mulan. Shanghai Disneyland is also rumored to get this new show.
The Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long will show up in the France pavilion. It won’t replace Impressions de France, but rather the theater will alternate between the two. It is unknown if the show will be animated, live-action, or both. All that is known is that it’s being put together by Don Hahn, producer for both versions of the film.
O Canada! in the Canada pavilion will be getting its update as well. It’s speculated that the circle-vision show will also get the seamless screen with its update, but it’s not confirmed. Whether the fan-favorite host, Martin Short, will return has mixed reports. Some say he will stay, others say he’ll hook a left at the big golf ball and keep walking due North.
And the last of these films is Awesome Planet, debuting in the Land Pavilion. All that’s known about this film is the location in the Harvest Theater (formerly home to The Circle of Life) and that Industrial Light and Magic is working on it for a special experience.
Whether you’re excited for these or not, Epcot is getting new movies. I’m personally excited for the new seamless screen and Awesome Planet, and I sure hope Martin Short keeps his role. Just remember, don’t shoot the messenger. He’s got a FastPass for Soarin’, he’d hate to miss it.