What makes an attraction “good” to you? For me it has to be about how it makes me feel. That can mean it makes me feel exhilarated – like Mount Everest at Animal Kingdom. Some attractions make me feel light hearted – like laughing at the Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom.
My competitiveness comes out at Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, even though I’m not very good and usually lose, but it’s still fun! But my favorite attractions are the ones that make me sentimental. The Carousel of Progress, It’s a Small World, One Man’s Dream, Peter Pan’s Flight and even the Haunted Mansion can spark memories that trigger my sentimental side!
But there’s a new attraction that also makes me feel sentimental and happy! Late in December 2015 the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival opened in place of the Captain EO 3D Film starring Michael Jackson. The Magic Eye Theatre was previously home to the Honey I Shrunk the Audience attraction which opened in 1994 and ran until 2010. The theatre is located just to the left of the Imagination pavilion in Epcot’s Future World West area.
The Magic Eye theatre has a large pre-show area. The Pixar Short Film Festival preview is really informative and entertaining. Animators share how they started with short films that inspired their creativity and led them to create some of Disney’s best loved films – Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Inside Out and so many others!
At the conclusion of the pre-show guests will enter the theatre and don 3 D glasses. The three shorts shown are Get a Horse, For the Birds, and La Luna. Everyone is taken by surprise when the theatre moves for the first time! As the 4 D effects continue the audience relaxes and laughs along with the films. All three films contain comical moments but at the end they all leave you with a feeling of nostalgia. Their simplicity allows the deeper themes to reach your heart. At the end of each film the audience clapped and cheered. I felt surrounded by a group of friends who were all sharing a smile and sense of sentimental contentment!
Fast Pass is offered for the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, but in most cases the wait time will only be the length of waiting for the current show to finish. And don’t forget that will include your time spent watching the pre-show. So save your fast passes for other attractions with a longer wait time. The attraction is suitable for all ages. Guests in wheelchairs and ECVs will want to transfer to theatre seating to experience all of the 4 D effects. It’s unclear at this time if the short films will be changed out periodically. I’m hopeful that may be the case!
Maybe my love of nostalgic old films clouds my judgement, but I love this new addition to Epcot! And if you’re looking for a place to cool off from the Florida sun this is definitely a nice place to do that!
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