Update: Turns out we were a day early. The Magic Eye Theater is open for guests today. The three films showing are:
- Get a Horse – Disney’s 2013 animated short film combines black-and-white hand-drawn animation and CGI animation including many of the classic characters. Walt Disney’s original records of Mickey Mouse were even used in the production. It was nominated for an Academy Award
- For The Birds – Produced by Pixar and directed by Ralph Eggleston it was originally shown in festivals in 2000, then was attached to Monsters, Inc for theatrical release. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001.
- La Luna – From 2011, this Pixar short was directed and written by Enrico Casarosa with music by Michael Giacchino. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
We stopped by EPCOT yesterday to see if the new “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival” at the Imagination Pavilion’s Magic Eye Theater was open. Alas, it was not, but we did get to see new signs added to the theater and out front.
Scheduled to open any day now, the attraction will feature recent shorts from Disney & Pixar along with some in-theater effects. Guests will don 3D glasses and see three different films. My guess is the new Mickey Mouse short “Get A Horse” will be one of them.
So far, Disney hasn’t given an official opening date for the short film festival, but the rumor is it will open any day now.