One of the Disney Parks announcements at D23 Expo that may have snuck under the radar is an update to an existing EPCOT attraction. Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald announced that the company would be updating the movie in the China pavilion with a new 360-film that will feature the splendor and majesty of the country and its people.
With 360 video originating at Disneyland in 1955’s Circarama attraction ‘A Tour of the West,’ the technology has come a long way since then. The new film will, through the magic of digital cameras and projection, offer a seamless 360 Circle-Vision experience.
No word when the existing film, “Reflections of China” will close, but it sounds like they haven’t even started filming for the new movie. So you probably have at least a couple of months.
With new 360 technology coming to Facebook and YouTube, Virtual Reality technology that can put you nearly anyplace on Earth with just a headset, Disney does need to step up their game to compete in this arena. I hope that they don’t stoop to the poorly edited digital tricks they used in the new Soarin’ around the World film, though. Stick with showing us the real China, please.
Now all they need to add are benches to sit on during the show and I think we’re good.
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