Disney World’s projection mapping turns landmarks into movie screens

Author:Mark Plante |  Published: July 27, 2016

This summer, Walt Disney World visitors are seeing a couple of elaborate theme-park landmarks in a new light.

After the sun sets, a Star Wars spectacular beams 13 minutes of movie scenes onto the exterior of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life becomes a display of clips featuring creatures from deer to dinosaurs.

Both new productions use projection mapping, a technology showing up more in attractions, museums and special events as projectors have become better and cheaper.

“Ten years ago … it was kind of a gimmick,” said Daren Ulmer, whose California-based Mousetrappe design studio worked with Disney on its shows. “Now it’s an accepted part of our palette.

Mark Plante and his family have been visitors to the Orlando area for 15+ years. They are using information, tricks and knowledge that they have accumulated during that time to create this blog.