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Circle-Vision 360°
is a film technique, refined by the Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge 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 become Circle-Vision theater 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 (1967 version), 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 the 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
    • "America the Beautiful"
    • "Magic Carpet ‘Round the World"
    • "American Journeys"
    • "From Time to Time"
      • Also known as "The Timekeeper"
  • Former Sponsors
    • Monsanto
    • Black & Decker

Epcot

  • Grand opening: October 1, 1982
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: World Showcase
    • China Pavilion
    • Canada Pavilion
  • List of Films Shown
    • "Wonders of China"
    • "O Canada!" (1982 version)
  • Current Films
    • "Reflections of China"
    • O Canada! (2007 - an updated version with 50% new footage, new soundtrack and narration)

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 - Following Expo, the movie went on to play at the Canada pavilion at Epcot Center.

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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World Showcase

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure | Mexico Pavilion | Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros | Norway Pavilion | China Pavilion | Reflections of China | Germany Pavilion | Italy Pavilion | The American Adventure | Japan Pavilion | Morocco Pavilion | France Pavilion | International Gateway | United Kingdom Pavilion | Canada Pavilion | O Canada! | IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth | Frozen Ever After

Resorts

Disney's Yacht Club Resort | Disney's Beach Club Resort & Villas | Disney's BoardWalk Inn | Disney's BoardWalk Villas | Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Former Attractions

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Horizons | World of Motion | Wonders of Life | Body Wars | Cranium Command | Journey into Your Imagination | Universe of Energy | Upstairs Image Works | CommuniCore | IllumiNations 25 | Symbiosis | IllumiNations | Goofy About Health | Magic Journeys | Journey into Imagination | Tapestry of Nations | Kitchen Kabaret | The Making of Me | Wonders of China | Maelstrom | El Rio del Tiempo | Food Rocks


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad | Main Street Cinema | The Disney Gallery | Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln | Dapper Dans | Main Street Vehicles

New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion | Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | Mark Twain Riverboat | Sailing Ship Columbia | Big Thunder Ranch | Golden Horseshoe Saloon | Fantasmic!

Critter Country

Splash Mountain | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Adventureland

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye | Jungle Cruise | Tarzan's Treehouse

Mickey's Toontown

Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Donald's Boat | Gadget's Go Coaster | Goofy's Playhouse | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle | Alice in Wonderland | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | King Arthur Carrousel | Mad Tea Party | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Pixie Hollow | Sword in the Stone

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbitor | Autopia | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disneyland Monorail | Captain EO | Innoventions | Starcade | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts

Disneyland Hotel

Former Attractions

Country Bear Jamboree | Star Tours | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Ariel's Grotto | PeopleMover | Skyway | Carousel of Progress | Submarine Voyage | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Swiss Family Treehouse | Adventure Thru Inner Space | Home of the Future | Magic Journeys | Rocket Jets | Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland | Midget Autopia | The Party Gras Parade | Space Station X-1 | Flying Saucers | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | One Man's Dream | Mickey Mouse Club Theater | Fantasy Waters | Fantasyland Autopia | Rocket Rods | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | The Lion King Celebration | America Sings | The Walt Disney Story | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky

Other

List of Disneyland attractions


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Walt Disney World Railroad | Main Street Vehicles | Dapper Dans | Disney's Electrical Parade | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Night of Joy | Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | Pirates League

Frontierland

Splash Mountain | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Tom Sawyer Island | Country Bear Jamboree | Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

Liberty Square

The Hall of Presidents | Liberty Square Riverboat | The Haunted Mansion | Memento Mori

Fantasyland

Cinderella Castle | It's a Small World | Peter Pan's Flight | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Dream Along With Mickey | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mad Tea Party | The Great Goofini | Cinderella's Royal Table | Pinocchio Village Haus | Sword in the Stone | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Ariel's Grotto | Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid | Be Our Guest Restaurant | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Princess Fairytale Hall | Pete's Silly Sideshow | The Barnstormer | Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Speedway | Space Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover | Carousel of Progress | Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin | Stitch's Great Escape! | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts

Disney's Contemporary Resort | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Former Attractions

The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Mickey Mouse Revue | Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Skyway | Snow White's Scary Adventures | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | If You Had Wings | Delta Dreamflight | The Timekeeper | Magic Journeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Mission to Mars | ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter | The Walt Disney Story | Mickey's Birthdayland | Mickey's Starland | Mickey's Toontown Fair | Flight to the Moon | Donald's Boat | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Pixie Hollow | Toon Park | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky | Plaza Swan Boats | Dream Along with Mickey | Penny Arcade | Tropical Serenade | Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats | Diamond Horseshoe Revue | America the Beautiful | American Journeys | Magic Carpet Round the World

Others

List of Magic Kingdom attractions | Virtual Magic Kingdom


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World Bazaar

The Disney Gallery | Omnibus

Fantasyland

Cinderella Castle | Snow White's Adventures | Snow White Grotto | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Castle Carrousel | Alice's Tea Party | Peter Pan's Flight | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | It's a Small World | Mickey's PhilharMagic | The Haunted Mansion

Westernland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Mark Twain Riverboat | Country Bear Theater | Tom Sawyer Island | Westernland Shooting Gallery

Critter Country

Splash Mountain | Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse | Western River Railroad | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!

Toontown

Mickey's House & Movie Barn | Minnie's House | Goofy's Bounce House | Donald's Boat | Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin | Gadget's Go Coaster | Toon Park

Tomorrowland

Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Star Jets | Grand Circuit Raceway | Stitch Encounter | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Ambassador Hotel

Former Attractions

Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Mickey Mouse Revue | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Skyway | Magic Journeys | Disney's Party Express | One Man's Dream | Star Tours | The Party Gras Parade | Fantasy in the Sky


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad | Liberty Arcade | Discovery Arcade | Main Street Vehicles

Frontierland

Legends of the Wild West | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Phantom Manor | River Rogue Keel Boats | Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery | Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing

Adventureland

Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin | Adventure Isle | La Cabane des Robinson | Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril | Pirates of the Caribbean

Fantasyland

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Le Carrousel de Lancelot | Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains | Les Voyages de Pinocchio | Peter Pan's Flight | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Party | Le Pays de Contes de Fées | Casey Jr. - Le Petit Train du Cirque | Sword in the Stone

Discoveryland

Autopia | Space Mountain: Mission 2 | Orbitron, Machines Volantes | Les Mystères du Nautilus | Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasts | Star Tours | Discoveryland Theatre

Current Entertainment:

Disney Magic on Parade | Disney Dreams!

Current Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment:

Chantons La Reine des Neiges | Frozen Summer Fun! | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney

Former Attractions and Entertainment:

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Captain Eo | Circle-Vision 360° | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Dapper Dans | Disney's Fantillusion | Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade | Disney Toon Circus | Fantasy in the Sky | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mulan, La Légende | Tarzan: The Encounter | The Legend of the Lion King | The Timekeeper | Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too! | Woody's Roundup Village

Former Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment:

Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Dr. Facilier's Carnival-Loween | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Le Voeu de Noël de la Princesse Aurore | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Winter Wonderland | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night

Resorts:

Disneyland Hotel | Hotel New York | Disney's Sequoia Lodge | Newport Bay Club Hotel | Disney's Hotel Cheyenne | Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

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