America the Beautiful (Disney film)

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America the Beautiful
America The Beautiful.jpg
Opening date1960 (first tenancy)
1996 (second tenancy)
Closing date1984 (first tenancy)
1997 (second tenancy)
ReplacedThe World Beneath Us
Replaced byWonders of China (post 1960–1984)
Rocket Rods (post 1996–1997)
Magic Kingdom
Opening date1971
Closing date1979
Replaced by
General statistics
Attraction typeShow

America the Beautiful was a 360° movie attraction in Circarama created by Walt Disney Productions for the American exhibit at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.[1][2] The exhibit was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.[2][3] After the fair ended, the film was exhibited in 1959 for six weeks, dubbed in Russian, at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, Russia.[2][4][5] The film had its American debut at Disneyland in California in 1960, and it was later added to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida in 1971.[5][6] The Disneyland attraction was housed in the Circle-Vision 360 Theater in Tomorrowland, replacing A Tour of the West, which had played there since Disneyland's opening day, July 17, 1955.[7][8] The film was subsequently revised several times, eventually closing in 1984, when it was replaced by American Journeys.[1][9][10]

Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique that uses multiple cameras arranged in a circle. The viewing image is displayed on a large circular screen. The film's rendition of the title song would later be used in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

The Disney 360 film processes were created and refined by Ub Iwerks and son Don Iwerks and in the 1950s and 1960s.[11]


  1. ^ a b "America the Beautiful (film)". D23. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  2. ^ a b c Iwerks, Don (2019). Walt Disney's Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks. Glendale, California, U.S.A.: Disney Enterprises, Inc. pp. 132–133. ISBN 978-1484743379.
  3. ^ "America the Beautiful - 1958 Brussels World's Fair". Designing Disney. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  4. ^ "Summer of "Splitnik": Remembering the American National Exhibition in Moscow | USC Center on Public Diplomacy". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. ^ a b Geryak, Cole (2017-11-23). "Disney Extinct Attractions: America on Display". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  6. ^ Walt Dated World. "Circle-Vision 360 Films". Walt Dated World.
  7. ^ Strodder, Chris (2017). The Disneyland Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). Santa Monica Press. pp. 120–121. ISBN 978-1595800909.
  8. ^ "Circarama, U.S.A." D23. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  9. ^ Geryak, Cole (2017-11-23). "Disney Extinct Attractions: America on Display". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  10. ^ "American Journeys (film)". D23. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  11. ^ Iwerks, Don (10 December 2019). Walt Disney's ultimate inventor: the genius of Ub Iwerks (First hardcover ed.). Los Angeles. ISBN 978-1-4847-4337-9. OCLC 1133108493.