Lesson 7: Special Effects

  Standards addressed include:

• Research and Information Fluency

• Creativity, Curiosity and Innovation

• Critical Thinking

• Problem Solving & Decision Making

• Digital-Age Learning Environments and Learning Experiences


Read the Special Effects articles  and watch 10 of the 20 YouTube Videos (Your Choice)

Create a one page document that states your top 3 best special efffects at Disney.

Include what the attraction is, what the special effects are and how Disney Imagineers do 


(Optional) You can add you ideas to the attraction of additional special effectts that you would like to see added to the attraction.


Estimated time read articles 30 min - Video views 45 min

Explore “What are special effects?” in film, Video and theme parks?

Explore how special effects are incorporated into attractions at Walt Disney World

Discover and research what are the Coolest Special Effects In Walt Disney World?

Research why special effects are needed in attractions at Walt Disney world

Explore Math in Special Effects: Introduction

Search the Internet for 3 YouTube Videos on how Imagineers create the special effects at Walt Disney World attractions


Review material in this lesson to prepare for a design project 

Enchanted Tales With Belle

Disney always does storytelling with emotion and feeling. Walk into Maurice’s cottage to help Belle tell the story of Beauty and The Beast. Amazing how you enter through a magic mirror and how the guests interact with the enchanted Wardrobe and Lumiere!

Enchanted Tales With Lumiere, Madame & Belle | Walt Disney World 

Link on how they do it:

NEW LINK: https://www.racer.lt/play/434023/enchanted-tales-with-lumiere-madame-belle-walt-disney-world.html

How Did They Do that?  

Special Effects Used Within the Haunted Mansion 

Walt Disney World Hints: Thank you to Terri Miller for permission to share and re-print this article.

LINK: https://www.wdwhints.com/2012/07/special-effects-used-within-the-haunted-mansion/


Math in Special Effects: Introduction

NEW LINK: https://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/video/math-in-special-effects-introduction/243/


Special Effects - PBS

NEW LINK: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/specialfx/fxguide/fxtg.html

  Disney Imagineering : Bill Novey and the Business of Theme Park Special Effects

Art & Technology, WET and Technifex were three of the companies started by former Illusioneers following the Epcot layoffs in the 1980s, and each had a strong hand in creating what we know as today’s special-effects industry for themed entertainment. 


Discover 7 Special Effects at Walt Disney World You'll Have to See to Believe


 Best Special Effects at Disney World


My Disney Top 5 special effects


Six of Our Favorite Walt Disney World Special Effects


Special Effects Science


The science behind Hollywood


Special Effects-More Than Meets The Eys

Link https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/specialfx/fxguide/fxuemore.html


Estimated articles - Video views 45 min -   YouTube links

Top 3 Disney Special Effects! - YouTube


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Top 10 Disney Secrets Illusions & Tricks Explained - YouTube

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game | Walt Disney World

How Did They Do That? 

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4BBOiT_Y-mA#t=0

Magic Kingdom Special Effects:

How they do it: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game | Walt Disney World

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BBOiT_Y-mA

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Great example of an interactive and immersive 4D show. The visual effects combine all your favorite Disney characters and songs. A magical flying carpet takes you on a magical tour with Mickey and all his musical friends!

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2zA9S_kJ0A

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor

As you leave this attraction, you will say, “How did they do that”? Disney knows how to involve guests and provide complete interactivity. Mike Wazowski plays the MC in an immersive and interactive comedy show where the audience plays the biggest part. But…do you really want to be “That Guy”? The monsters are totally LIVE! Before the show, you can text in their own jokes to appear on the show! 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnPHCsfC_m0

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Disney Hollywood Special Effects ride - YouTube

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Disney Hollywood Special Effects ride. 10 Secrets About The Disney Pixar Universe That Will Blow Your ...

Armageddon Special Effects at Disneyland Paris - Walt Disney ...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Uploaded by DSNY Newscast

we discuss the latest Disney News regarding Patent Filings that show us a glimpse at the Special Effects that ...

Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour, Special Effects ...

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour, Special Effects Water ... The Special Effects Water Tank segment ...

Disney Parks Special Effects Secrets Haunted ... - YouTube

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Disney rides and attractions have special tricks that wow us. How do they do it? Find out ... Disney Parks ...

Analysis of Rise of the Resistance Special Effects ... - YouTube

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Here is a quick video to try and debunk the effects used to make the ... Analysis of Rise of the Resistance ...

Interactive special effects added to new Peter Pan ... - YouTube

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Interactive special effects added to new Peter Pan queue at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Attractions Magazine ...

Disney Studios special effects ride 30/03/16 - YouTube

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Disney Studios special effects ride Wednesday 30th March. ... Top 10 scariest rides at Disney, Hollywood ...

Special Effects Ride, Walt Disney Studios - YouTube

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Special Effects Ride, Walt Disney Studios in paris, recorded on a family trip. ... The BEST & WORST Walt ...

2d effects, Fantasia effects, documentary - YouTube

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Behind the scenes on Fantasia / Disney effects animators. ... Add a public comment... Top comments. Top ..

Alice in Wonderland - Visual Effects Highlights - YouTube

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Alice in Wonderland - Visual Effects Highlights ... The Surprising Practical Effects of the Star Wars Prequels ...

How Disney's 'Moana' created its amazing water effects ...

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An in-depth look at the tools used to create water for Disney's most effects-filled movie ever. Disney's ...

Special Effects - Behind the Scenes - Girl vs. Monster - Disney ...

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Check out all the special effects in Girl vs. Monster! The Disney Channel Original Movie premieres Friday ...

Disney Presentation Intro by INSCALE. PowerPoint Special ...

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Our latest artwork for the Walt Disney Company - as part of a completely new ... Disney Presentation Intro by ...