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A Model Day at Epcot — Exclusive Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It’s ready…our next tilt-shift video is finished — and this time there are fireworks. As you know, our first video was launched to celebrate Magic Kingdom Park‘s birthday. Now, just in time for Walt Disney’s birthday on Dec. 5, we’re sharing this never-before-seen “miniature scale” look at Epcot:

Our celebration begins at Spaceship Earth at Epcot and then covers the park. Your favorite World Showcase areas are featured and there’s another special ending too.

Also, you asked and we listened. Our project champion, David Roark, manager of creative photography for Yellow Shoes Creative Group, was able to capture fireworks. This time you’ll see images of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. David did it by snapping one frame a second — using many of the same techniques from “A Model Day at Magic Kingdom Park.” Let us know what you think in the comments.


  • These are absolutely amazing!!!! My favorite way to “see” the parks when I’m not there! And the ending is truly magical! Thanks again to David Roark and the Yellow Shoes team!!!!

    Bob ºOº

  • Yay! Thanks Guys! Great Job!

  • You have out done yourselves once again with this Tilt-Shift video of EPCOT Center. Too bad you couldn’t do this back when Horizons, World of Motion or Communicore were around. But again, 2 thumbs up from here.

    John Corigliano
    MouseTimes Podcast

  • Wow. A great video with very cool effects. I loved this perspective with the fireworks.

  • Excellent. This invokes so many great experiences. Can’t wait to see Animal Kingdom!

  • Another brilliant creation! Please keep the Disney magic coming. You know we are clamoring for Disney Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney tilt shift! This so feeds why I love the little monorails, trains, and buildings we’ve accumulated as souvenirs. Oh, please post this on the Disney Parks You Tube videos. My family and friends never ceased to be amazed by the Disney magic I tote around on my iphone.

    Thank you for the big grin on my face today.

  • Video was great! Didn’t care for music selection. Would have hoped for something more related to the park, maybe Soarin’ or Illuminations music.

  • I love these videos, especially Test Track and Mission Space. Looks like a new toy set. These always puts a smile on my face. Can’t wait to see the other parks.

  • Nice work! Very cool…..Wish I had that job 🙂

  • That is BRILLIANT. I was hoping you’d do EPCOT – my favorite park. I agree with the poster that wished we had this when Horizons, Motion, and Imagination were still there.

    It’s a really beautiful film. You captured everything wonderfully and Illuminations looks great. Well done.

    Progress City, U.S.A.

  • I can’t get enough of these. Keep them coming!

  • Thank you for this wonderful video! It’s a little trip to my happy place.

  • EXCELLENT, I love these clips. Keep them coming !!!!

  • Wonderful wonderful wonderful!

    Like getting a 5 minutes Disney vacation at my desk! 🙂

  • Great photography, but I also did not care for the music. That being said, I still loved it! Here’s hoping Disney’s Hollywood Studios is next!

  • I agree with the most of the people saying the music was not quite appropriate but the job was really nice.
    Congratulations! I can’t wait to be there again.

  • Love it!!! I was wishing for a little pixie dust and you delivered!!!!! Thank you for another fantastic audio/video combo!

  • Very good, but like a few of the other people I didn’t like the music. It just doesn’t fit, the video it’s self was very well done.

  • Great job! Keep them coming! Can’t wait for Animal Kingdom and Holywood Studio’s versions!!!

  • Wonderful! Well Done!

  • Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

  • Most excellent! I can’t wait to be back there in just 3 days 🙂

  • Simply….Awesome!

  • I love these videos! Looking forward to an Animal Kingdom tilt-shift!

    Who did this song? I really liked it!

    • It’s “1,2,3 Turnaround” (Instrumental).

  • Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

    I’ve watched this and the Magic Kingdom one dozens of times and they always put a smile on my face.

    Thanks for these, and looking forward to future installments!

    Lou M
    WDWRadio podcast

  • Spectacular! Love how this was done. leaving for Disney in 2 days so this made me even more excited!!!!

  • Fantastic! Epcot is my favorite park, and this is such a unique way to see it. Can’t wait to see what is next! THANK YOU!

  • Simply amazing! I’m really loving this series of videos. I look forward to Hollywood Studios next!

  • This is awesome and I’ve never been to Florida. I want to make a vid like this. Oh, and I like the music… great editing. Liked how the race cars were in sync with soundtrack. available on iTunes?

  • Amazing video! I liked the music. Made me want to be there and reminded why I like Epcot. It has so many unique features! Like going worldwide in a day.

  • Put some Disney music, like the Illuminations soundtrack, in there instead of what you used and you’ll have people tearing up at their desks. But either way, good job!

  • Love it Love it Love it!…Now I know, I even get tears during illuminations at 80x speed!

  • That was so awesome! Fantastic work!

  • Great job! Any plans for a west coast Disney tilt-shift vid?

  • WOW!!! That was just awesome! I totally love seeing all of EPCOT like that! Completely amazing! I really love what you did at the end too ~ Mickey is my favorite! <3 I am so enjoying your blog!

  • Amazing! I love it!!

  • Wonderful! I could watch these over and over again. I particularly like the the unique camera angles, and I for one LOVED the music! What is the name of it?

  • Beautiful! Now it’s time for one from Disneyland! 🙂

  • I love these tilt/shift clips. They are stunning and oh so vivid. Please do more of them….they never fail to entertain over and over again.

  • Loved it! Worked at WDW with the College Program in ’91 and need to go back!

    :0) Terri from Texas

  • These are INCREDIBLE! Makes me so homesick for WDW. Thank you for doing these!

  • Loved the video! Agree the music is not a great selection. There was something magical about the Magic Kingdom music, this one just isn’t somehow.

  • An addendum to my last comment…try watching the video with the music from the Magic Kingdom video playing the background, the magic is back 🙂

  • I just love the tilt-shift videos!! I can’t wait to see what’s coming up from DHS and AK.

    DisneyDaddy blog

  • Wonderful! Thank you for posting this. It’s a nice gift to see the parks when I’m stuck in chilly Minnesota. Are there any plans for putting this on your You Tube channel?

    • Yes, we plan to add it this week. We’ll post an update on our @DisneyParks Twitter account.

  • Love it!!!

  • Another great job. Still don’t understand why you don’t use Disney music of some sort for the background track…

  • 😀 Love the fireworks. And it really doesn’t look real

    • Thanks, glad you enjoyed. David was determined to include fireworks this time.

  • Loved the video – HATED the music!

  • Another wonderful short!! Thanks guys for my daily dose of WDW 🙂

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