Like most of the country, Chicago is currently experiencing a heat wave. It’s been in the 70s, even hitting 80 degrees, and this in a month in which snow would not be unexpected. It was so warm yesterday that I had a momentary desire to turn on the air-conditioning! I resisted, but thinking about air-conditioning reminded me of the joy of walking into an air-conditioned building during a hot, sticky, humid day in Walt Disney World. It’s particularly nice when you can sit down in those air-conditioned buildings, and the movie-based attractions tend to be good places to do just that. (Although, there are a few movies during which you do have to stand.) So, today I’m going to cover things to do in Walt Disney World if you love watching movies (the air-conditioning could be just a nice bonus).
I already did a post on the 3-D movies in Walt Disney World, so the first five items on this list are described there.
1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
2. Captain EO starring Michael Jackson
3. Muppet*Vision 3-D
4. It’s Tough to be a Bug!
5. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
6. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
This attraction is themed as a comedy club, but since the monster comics you see are all on screen, I’m considering it a movie-based attraction. In addition to the corny humor, you also get the benefit of possibly being part of the show yourself! Several audience members appear on screen at different times, so be prepared!
This attraction is so much more than a movie, but it’s true that you do spend it watching a screen. The ride simulates hang-gliding over California. The views are amazing, as is the soundtrack. This attraction is definitely one of my favorites!
8. Turtle Talk with Crush
I talked about this attraction is my post on animation. It’s a movie, but a movie that interacts with the audience! The technology is amazing, and no two shows are ever identical.
9. Circle of Life
This movie is an “environmental fable” and features Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa from the The Lion King. It’s part animated and part live action, and it features some beautiful nature scenes. You can see Circle of Life in The Land Pavilion in Epcot.
10. O Canada!
O Canada! is one of three films found in World Showcase in Epcot. It features Martin Short and highlights the wonders of Canada. It’s a Circle-Vision 360° film, which means the audience stands in the middle of the room while the film is projected all around them. Yes, I said “stands.” There are rails to lean on, but you might want to do this one earlier in the day before your feet get too tired.
11. Reflections of China
This is another Circle-Vision 360° film found in World Showcase, so again you’ll be standing. The views are worth it, though. You’ll get to see sights from across China, from Beijing to Shanghai, the Great Wall to the Forbidden City.
12. Impressions de France
This is the only film in World Showcase during which you get to sit down. I love the soundtrack of this film. It’s all music by famous French composers, such as Claude Debussy, Camille Saint Saens, and Francois-Adrien Boieldieu. While you might not recognize their names (I admit I didn’t), you’ll probably recognize their compositions. Like the other films, the views are great as well.
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Despite the fact that this list is about watching a bunch of movies, trying to do them all in one day could be a bit strenuous. You’ll have to hit all four theme parks, but you’ll spend the most time in Epcot. I’d start off in Disney’s Animal Kingdom to see It’s Tough to be a Bug! Then head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Muppet*Vision 3-D and Star Tours. Next, you’ll have to consider the closing times of Magic Kingdom and Epcot. If Magic Kingdom is open crazy late, like until 1 a.m., you’ll want to end there and go to Epcot next. If they close around the same time, I’d go to Magic Kingdom next to see Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. At Epcot, you’ll see Captain EO, Soarin’, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Circle of Life in Future World and O Canada!, Reflections of China, and Impressions de France in World Showcase. This is a lot to get done in a day, so keep an eye on the time, and keep moving.
What’s your favorite movie in Walt Disney World?