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Magic Carpet 'Round the World Circle-Vision 360 Film
Magic Carpet 'Round the World Circle-Vision 360 Film
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“People Are People, Wherever They May Be.”
One day after America the Beautiful closed, Magic Carpet 'Round the World premiered on March 16, 1974. Instead of focusing just on the United States, this film traveled all over the globe. According to a Disney press release, more than 37 hours of film were edited to create the movie. The soundtrack was in 12-track stereo and featured a 24-voice chorus and 56-piece orchestra that included folk instruments.
The film played until March 14, 1975, when the revised version of America the Beautiful returned to the theater. Magic Carpet 'Round the World returned for an encore from 1979-1984. Like America the Beautiful, this 21 minute film was sponsored by Monsanto and was a free attraction. Black and Decker later took over as the sponsor. Some of the footage from this film was later reused in the Timekeeper attraction to depict the Ice Age. When the film premiered at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, it was revised with new footage of Europe and North America. The film at Walt Disney World was replaced by American Journeys in 1984. Tokyo Disneyland showed Magic Carpet 'Round the World until 1986.
Highlights of Magic Carpet 'Round the World
London was shown to the strains of "Rule Britannia!" Thames River, Big Ben, Parliament and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace are featured.
Bag pipers played while Edinburgh was shown.
A Norway fjord was featured.
Denmark's Kronborg Castle is mentioned to be the inspiration for Elsinore in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
In Copenhagen the Little Mermaid statue, Strøget market and a parade in Tivoli Gardens are highlighted.
Cars race during the Belgium Grand Prix.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Chateau de Chenonceau are shown
In Paris, Île de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral, Jardin du Luxembourg, Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Moulin Rouge are featured.
In Switzerland alpine skiers and Katz Castle make an appearance.
The Vienna Boys Choir is featured during the Austria segment.
Included in the spotlight on Venice is the Sposalizio del Mare/Marriage with the Sea ceremony.
The Rome segment includes people and pigeons in Piazza San Marco, St. Peter’s Square, Piazza di Spagna and the Coliseum.
Madrid features the Plaza de España Madrid, a bull breeding farm and a matador during a bullfight.
Greek dancers perform near the Parthenon.
Jerusalem highlights the Wailing Wall and the Temple of Solomon.
Egypt shows the Sahara, Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
Kenya is highlighted with shots of Mount Kilimanjaro and big game such as elephants.
India includes shots of New Delhi, Red Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Bangkok's floating market and dancers are featured during the Thailand segment.
A junk sails in Hong Kong harbor.
Japan focuses on Heian-jingu shrine and the Kyoto zoo with children and cherry blossoms.
As the film narrator quotes Sir Walter Scott's poem "Breathes There the Man", shots of America are shown as the film returns "home" by traveling east from San Francisco Bay to the Statue of Liberty while songs such as "Whoopie Ti Yi Yo (Git Along, Little Dogies)", "Fish in the Sea", "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)" ,and "America" are sung.
Behind the Scenes
According to Disney publicity materials, there were two film crews. One filmed from a station wagon with a hole cut in roof for the camera while the other filmed from a modified B-25 with the camera suspended from the former bomb bay. Mickey Mouse was painted on the fuselage of the plane.
Over 200,000 feet of film were shot for Magic 'Carpet Round the World. The final cut contained 17,000 feet of the film footage.
Using a former military plane did cause some problems. The crew was questioned in France and their film was confiscated because air traffic controllers had routed the plane over a restricted air space with missile silos.
The filmmakers worked through a blizzard at Mount Fuji, a sandstorm in the Sahara, a charging rhino near Mount Kilimanjaro and people at a bullfight in Spain throwing objects at them.
While filming the Norwegian fjord with the B-25, one of the plane engines blew a cylinder. The plane was able to safely make an emergency landing.
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