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Circle-Vision 360° is a film technique, refined by the Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge rounded screens arranged in a circle. The cameras are usually mounted on top of an automobile for scenes through cities and highways, while films such as The Timekeeper use a static camera and many CGI effects. The first film was America the Beautiful (1955 version) in the Circarama theater, which would eventually adopt its current name of Circle-Vision in 1967.

It is used for a few attractions at Disney theme parks, such as Epcot's O Canada!, Reflections of China, and Disneyland's defunct America the Beautiful, Wonders of China, and American Journeys, which were housed in the Circle-Vision theater in Tomorrowland.

By using an odd number of screens, and a small space between them, a projector may be placed in each gap, projecting across space to a screen. The screens and projectors are arranged above head level, and hand bars may be provided for viewers to hold or to lean against while standing and viewing the film.

Earlier systems[]

An early development (1900) of this method using ten cameras was called Cinéorama.

Circlorama [1] had started in London in 1963 using eleven cameras.

Parks that use Circle-Vision technology[]

Disneyland[]

Magic Kingdom[]

  • Grand opening: October 15, 1971 (America The Beautiful)
  • Closing Date: February 26, 2006 (The Timekeeper)
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Formal Names of Attraction
    • "Circle-Vision 360"
    • "Metropolis Science Center"
  • List of Films Shown
  • Former Sponsors
    • Monsanto
    • Black & Decker

EPCOT[]

Tokyo Disneyland[]

  • Grand opening: 1983
  • Closed: 2002
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Formal Names of Attraction
    • "Circle-Vision 360"
    • "Visionarium"
  • List of Films Shown
    • "Magic Carpet ‘Round the World"
    • "American Journeys"
    • "Visionarium" (From Time to Time)
  • Sponsors
    • Fujifilm
  • Followed By
    • Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters

Disneyland Paris[]

  • Grand opening: April 12, 1992
  • Closed: September 2004
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: Discoveryland
  • Formal Name of Attraction
    • "Le Visionarium"
  • List of Films Shown
    • "Le Visionarium"
  • Sponsors
    • Renault (1992-2002)

Other uses of Circle-Vision 360[]

Expo 67[]

  • Grand opening: April 28, 1967
  • Closed: October 29, 1967
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: Telephone Pavilion, Expo 67, Montreal
  • Formal Name of Attraction
    • "Canada 67"
  • List of Films Shown
    • "Canada 67" - Directed by Robert Barclay. Description from the Expo'67 Guide book: "You're on centre stage for the RCMP Musical Ride... on centre ice for hockey... on the track at the Stampede! CIRCLE-VISION 360o surrounds you with all the fun and excitement of Canada's most thrilling events and its scenic beauty. And then, take your chldren to the Enchanted Forest...see exciting new communication services for the future... all in the Telephone Pavilion!" (source page 178 Official Expo 67 guide book. Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd.)
  • Sponsors
    • The Telephone Association of Canada
  • Notes: This is one of the rarest Circle-Vision movies, for it has been unseen since 1967. The film was the inspiration for "O Canada" now playing at Epcot.

Expo 86[]

  • Grand opening: May 2, 1986
  • Closed: October 13, 1986
  • Location: Telecom Canada Pavilion, Expo 86, Vancouver
  • Formal Name of Attraction
    • "Telecom Canada"
  • Film Shown
    • "Portraits of Canada/Images du Canada" -
  • Sponsors
    • Telecom Canada
  • Notes - Elements would be repurposed into later versions of Epcot's Canada film.

Other[]

A system substantially similar is in use at the site of the Terracotta Army exhibit at Xian, China. The narrator of Wonders of China is the famous Chinese actor Keye Luke (1904-1991), most remembered for his role as Master Po in the television program "Kung Fu".


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