Vote of the week: Favorite theme park travel movie?
Published: December 12, 2008 at 12:02 PM
Inspired by world's fairs, Epcot offers pavilions and attractions themed to countries around the world. Travel's always been a popular theme for amusement attractions. Way back in the day, Disneyland offered its pioneering CircleVision film, "America the Beautiful," which was followed at other Disney theme parks by other CircleVision travelogues, including "American Journeys" and "The Timekeeper."
Bringing impressive travel films to a unique presentation environment, such as the CircleVision theater, was a logical next step for Disney, given its history with non-fiction film-making, such as its "True Life Adventure" series.
These days, it seems that movie attractions are losing their popularity. If you see a movie attraction in a theme park, it's more like to be a 4-D film than CircleVision, and the subject cartoon characters instead of the world around us. Yet Epcot holds out, offering four unique movie travelogues for us old-school theme park fans.
(Okay, for the record, let's note that Soarin' is a dupe of Soarin' Over California from Disney's California Adventure, so Epcot's not the only place you can see any of these four.)
But which is your favorite? For this vote, let's focus just on the film itself, and ignore whatever advantage Soarin' might have from its gentle ride element.
I've got some strong feelings on this one, which I will reveal and discuss in my Tuesday Park Visit column next week. But I wanted to set up that piece by hearing from you. Talk in the comments, please, about your favorite from among these films (or the old ones that no longer run).