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Magic Journeys at Epcot

The 3-D film Magic Journeys played at the Magic Eye Theater from October 1, 1982, until 1986.  It was shot in 70mm and was directed by Murray Lerner, who had won an Oscar for From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China.  At one point in the film's development, the theater was going to be called the Magic Journeys Theater.
 Magic Journeys looked at the world through the eyes of a child.  The film started with children running through a meadow and looking at clouds.  Someone blew on a dandelion and the seeds then float away, turn into stars, and then the sun.  A kite turns into a bird, a fish, a school of fish, birds, bird wings, Pegasus, a horse, and then a merry-go-round.  When the children are reaching for the brass ring on the carousel, it becomes a moon, a bat, a witch, a mask, and the Sphinx.
 You can still hear an instrumental version of the Magic Journeys song at Epcot.  Listen for it in the breezeway near Innoventions West or near the Imagination pavilion.

Makin' Memories
The preshow for the Epcot showing of Magic Journeys featured the song Makin' Memories.  It was written by the Sherman Brothers.  As if it wasn't already apparent by the lyrics to the preshow song, the film was sponsored by Kodak.

Long before the old Model T, 'round about the turn of the century,
folks discovered a barrel of fun, takin' pictures by the light of the sun.
Smile!  Hug!  Look at the camera!  Hold your breath and say cheese,
little did they realize back then, they were makin' memories.

Makin' memories, makin'  memories, takin' pictures is makin' memories,
catchin' little pieces of time, makin' 'em yours and makin' 'em mine.
Birthday faces and happy places, we love to hold near and dear,
when we're makin' memories, happy days can reappear.

Then the flappers appeared on the scene, rumble seats and 20 cent gasoline,
radios and Dixieland jazz, Brownie cameras and razz-a-tazz.
Snapshots of the whole family, give that button a squeeze,
little did they realize back then, they were makin' memories.

Makin' memories, makin'  memories, takin' pictures is makin' memories,
catchin' little pieces of time, makin' 'em yours and makin' 'em mine.
Big occasions and celebrations, we can forget in a year,
but when we're makin' memories, happy days can reappear.

Now we shoot whatever we see, night or day in color photography,
candid shots of baby at play, photo finishes, tigers at bay.
Hey don't look into the camera, let's be natural please,
and with every single shot we take, we're makin' memories.

Makin' memories, makin'  memories, takin' pictures is makin' memories,
catchin' little pieces of time, makin' 'em yours and makin' 'em mine.
Great vacations and graduations, we love to hold near and dear,
and when we're makin' memories, happy days can reappear.

One! More! Time!

Makin' memories, makin'  memories, takin' pictures is makin' memories,
catchin' little pieces of time, makin' 'em yours and makin' 'em mine.
Great vacations and celebrations, we love to hold near and dear,
and when we're makin' memories, happy days can reappear.

Look at the birdie!


Magic Journeys at the Magic Kingdom

 The film later played at the former home of the Mickey Mouse Revue in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom from December 15, 1987, until December 1, 1993 when it was replaced by Legend of the Lion King.  The 3-D Donald Duck short Working for Peanuts was shown in the holding area and there were 3-D pictures of Disney characters there as well.  

 The song Magic Journeys was written by the Sherman Brothers:
Magic Journeys.
Magic Journeys.

Just an ordinary day,
all at once you're on your way,
to a place that cannot be,
no one knows what turns the key.

You have found a thousand eyes,
whirling images arise,
for a moment they are clear,
in a flash, they disappear.
(In a flash they disappear.)

Magic Journeys, mystic flights,
on the wings of unexpected sounds and sights.
Magic Journeys, are they real?
Do they mirror what we think or sense or feel?

Neither dreaming.
Nor pretending.
No beginning.
Then no ending.

You are splashing in the stream,
of an unremembered dream,
you are searching through the eye,
of a seeker in the sky.

Magic Journeys.
Magic Journeys.

You are riding on the winds,
where the universe begins,
through the atoms that we pose,
in the heartbeat of a rose.

Magic Journeys, mystic flights,
on the wings of unexpected sounds and sights.
How we travel, why we go,
is a secret we will never, never know.

Neither dreaming.
Nor pretending.
No beginning.
Then no ending.
No beginning.
Then no ending.

Other 3-D Films


 Captain Eo replaced Magic Journeys in the Magic Eye Theater.  It debuted on September 12, 1986 and stayed until July 6, 1994 when it was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.  The film starred Michael Jackson as a spaceship captain who along with Hooter, Fuzzbucket (A.K.A Fuzzball), and Idee and Odee (the Geex) bring music to the wicked Supreme Leader played by Angelica Huston.  Michael performed We Are Here to Change the World and Another Part of Me in the film.  The movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  The preshow song for this film was called With a Smile.  When Michael Jackson died in 2009, fans lobbied for Captain Eo to return to the parks.  On May 9th, 2010, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience closed and Captain Eo returned to the Magic Eye Theater on July 2nd, 2010.  The film can also currently be seen at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

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