Guests visiting Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion are soon in store for a new treat: a Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, set to debut in the Magic Eye Theater. The collection will— according to the Disney Parks Blog—feature “a look into the visionary minds behind some of the world’s most iconic animated films today.” The details are few and far between, but the 3D technology of the theater will allow guests to “enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts, which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.” Count us in!
Of course, with the opening of a new attraction, that means another has to depart, and Captain EO—Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Jackson’s innovative 3D classic—will be moonwalking away for good on December 6. We were in Walt Disney World last weekend and got to see Captain EO at Epcot, and we’re glad we took the 17 minutes to experience that musical voyage to the cosmos. (We applauded loudly when Jackson did the moonwalk in the film, as one does.)
Before Captain EO, the Magic Eye Theater was the home to Magic Journeys—an experimental 3D film that utilized state-of-the-art technology. After Captain EO left, it was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which translated the popular Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids into a nifty, interactive 3D experience. (Honey, I Shrunk the Audience also tied into the re-theming of the entire Imagination Pavilion, including the redo of Journey Into Imagination.) The theater first opened, with the rest of Epcot, in 1982.
Whenever the new attraction opens (the exact date is unclear), we’ll be looking forward to this brand new Epcot attraction. We can’t wait to learn what short films are included, and what special surprises await us inside the wonderful Magic Eye Theater, as its history of inventive, entertaining experiences is sure to continue.