At Walt Disney World Resort - Spectacular Scenes Surround Epcot Audiences In Canadian Film

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Walt Disney World guests get a
glimpse of today's Canada in a newly enhanced 14-minute motion picture
presented in Circle-Vision 360 as a major feature of the Canada pavillion in
Epcot World Showcase.
    Titled "O Canada!," the film includes spectacular scenes that highlight
Canada's natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities and diverse people who call
Canada home. In addition to new, updated scenes, the film is hosted by
Canadian actor Martin Short, who lends his own personal charm, warmth and wit
to give this Epcot film a distinctive and authentic flair. Short grew up in
Hamilton, Ontario and in his narration, he speaks as a true Canadian "who
loves Canada."
    Walt Disney Imagineers collaborated with the Canadian Tourism Commission
to update the film, including new orchestration and images. The 2006 Canadian
Idol winner Eva Avila sings 'Canada, You're a Lifetime Journey', the music of
O Canada!. "Our goal was to strike the right balance between the vibrant
cosmopolitan cities and the natural beauty that characterize Canada,"
according to Imagineer David Katzman, who led the film's production. "We look
forward to showcasing all its beauty and splendour to guests visiting the
Canada pavillion at Epcot". Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique that uses
nine cameras for projection onto nine large screens arranged in a circle
usually above head level. 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 motion picture takes guests from the far eastern shores of New
Brunswick's Bay of Fundy by railroad, to the western beauty and tranquility of
Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. Canada's natural beauty is majestically
displayed throughout the film, including new and classic scenes from the
800-year-old redwood trees of Cathedral Grove to astounding splendour of
Horseshoe Falls to the snowy Mountains of Kananaskis Valley.
    Coordinating and collecting new aerial footage required Disney Imagineers
to study the weather patterns to pinpoint the best windows of opportunity for
shooting. "We filmed at Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Niagara
Falls with one day to plan and one day to shoot at each location," said
Imagineering line producer, Linda Folsom. "We got lucky - we only had one day
of rain and plenty of sunshine."

For further information:

For further information: Angela Saclamacis, The Walt Disney Company
Canada Parks & Resorts, O: (416) 596-3359, C: (647) 402-3359, E:

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