Three New Movies Debut at Epcot
New Films Debut as Epcot’s Transformation Rolls Along
As part of the ongoing transformation of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, three new films (as a Canadian I can tell you that Canada’s in particular was long in need of an update) made their debut January 17, 2020. These new films offer a refreshed way for guests to experience updated Disney magic and celebrate the world around them during a day at Epcot.
The Three New Films at Epcot
The new films include:
“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” is a much-needed update to the previous “O Canada!” film. It contains fresh new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning Canadian actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion’s Palais du Cinémais was directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films. This film invites guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.
Along with the sing-along is a new exhibit inside Palais du Cinéma. “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” invites guests to explore six distinct gallery cases featuring a collection of costumes, music, artwork and more, all dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet and opera. The exhibit reinforces how French literature has inspired artists from around the globe, including those who created timeless Disney classics such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.” Items on display from the Walt Disney Archives include a glass slipper from the live-action “Cinderella” film and Belle’s costume from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Community arts organizations from Florida also contributed pieces to the exhibit.
The Land Pavilion
“Awesome Planet” explores the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth. In collaboration with the Disney Conservation Fund, the 10-minute film uses in-theater effects (including wind, scents and water) to tell the story of life on this planet and why it’s vitally important to care for it. “Awesome Planet” features narration by Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy of ABC’s “Modern Family.”
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