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Encyclopedia > If You Had Wings
If You Had Wings
Magic Kingdom
Land Tomorrowland
Theme Flight
Opening date June 5, 1972[1]
Closing date June 1, 1987[1]
Sponsored by Eastern Air Lines (1972 - 1987)

If You Had Wings (June 5, 1972June 1, 1987) was a two-person Omnimover dark ride in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It was sponsored by Eastern Air Lines. The ride featured images of some of Eastern's tourist destinations, including Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, the Bahamas, and New Orleans, and had a catchy theme song by Buddy Baker. The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the defunct U.S. air carrier Eastern Air Lines. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Omnimover is an amusement ride system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... A dark ride or darkride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon. ... This article is about the defunct U.S. air carrier Eastern Air Lines. ... Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded (as Tenochtitlan) c. ... Location of Rio de Janeiro Coordinates: Country Brazil Region Southeast State Rio de Janeiro Government  - Mayor Cesar Maia (PFL) Area  - City 1,260 km²  (486. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Norman Buddy Baker was a film composer who composed many of Walt Disneys Classic Films, like The Apple Dumpling Gang (film), The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Shaggy D.A., and The Million Dollar Duck. ...

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The Ride

In the days when most rides required the expenditure of prepaid tickets, this attraction was complimentary. Little publicized and little known, waiting lines for this attraction (located across from Mission to Mars) were nonexistent or short even when the park was crowded. Mission to Mars was an attraction located at Disneyland and at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom. ...


If You Had Wings was an undisguised promotion for the then-giant Eastern Air Lines, whose slogan at the time was "The Wings of Man." A dark ride based on Disney's Omnimover ride system, it conveyed seated passengers slowly, steadily, and smoothly through a series of rooms. The experience began with a vaguely simulated "takeoff" in which the ride ascended a slope, while projections of animated outlines of seagulls and airplanes swooped backwards on the walls, giving an enhanced feeling of motion and flight. This article is about the defunct U.S. air carrier Eastern Air Lines. ... A dark ride or darkride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. ... The Omnimover is an amusement ride system used for Disney theme park attractions. ...


Riders observed various theater-like sets embedding small screens showing rear-projected filmed scenes. Over forty 16mm projectors were used in the attraction. The rooms illustrated various Eastern destinations and presented tourist experiences such as straw-hat markets, fishermen, limbo dancers, and steel drum bands. The omnipresent music featured singers tunefully chanting, "If you had wings, if you had wings, if you had wings, had wings, had wings, had wings." The music did not succeed in masking the sound of the hidden projectors, which were audible throughout most of the ride. Rear projection was devised by Farciot Edouart in 1933 - at the time, he was working for Paramount Studios. ...


The climax of the ride was the "speed room", an elongated ellipsoid onto the interior of which were projected snippets of first-person movies of an airplane taking off, a train, waterskies, motorcycles, airboats, and a few other scenes. The clips were projected on the walls by a 70 mm projector. The ovoid projection encompassed the viewers' peripheral vision. The wraparound images, in combination with the motion and reclining angle of the vehicle and a blast of air, arguably constituted an early attempt at virtual reality. The images were to some extent blurry and distorted, unlike Disney's sharper Circle-Vision 360 technology; it rather resembled the fuzzy Cinema 180 shows featured in many contemporary amusement parks. Nevertheless, the projection effect combined with the motion of the ride produced a genuinely exhilarating sense of speed, and the long, egg-like shape of the room allowed plenty of time to experience the effect. 70 mm film (or 65 mm film) is a wide high-resolution film gauge, of superior quality to standard 35 mm motion picture film format. ... Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment, be it a real or imagined one. ... Circle-Vision 360° is a film technique used for a few attractions at Disney theme parks, such as Epcots O Canada! and Disneylands defunct America the Beautiful ( 1967 version), Wonders of China, and American Journeys, which were housed in the Circle-Vision theater in Tomorrowland. ...


At the end of the ride approached, a buttery baritone voice gave the following soothing assurance:

You do have wings.
You can do all these things.
You can widen your world.
Eastern. We'll be your wings.

(In the earlier years of this attraction, the voice's closing words ended with the phrase, "Eastern... the Wings of Man.") Subsequent to hearing this message, riders disembarked to an area containing an Eastern Air Lines reservation desk. Agents stood ready to assist riders, presumably inspired by what they had just experienced, with travel arrangements. Few seemed to take advantage of this opportunity. (Evidence?)


In 1987, Eastern withdrew its sponsorship and the attraction closed on June 1 of that year. Although remembered affectionately by many, a fan website devoted to the attraction notes, "If you can't remember the public uproar surrounding the closing... one possible reason is that there was none." 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Transitions

If You Could Fly

If You Could Fly
Magic Kingdom
Land Tomorrowland
Theme Flight
Opening date June 6, 1987[1]
Closing date January 3, 1989[1]
Vehicle capacity 2

Subsequent to the closing of IYHW, Disney removed all references to Eastern, changed the name of the ride to If You Could Fly, and re-opened it on June 6, 1987. The sets and films were intact, but the theme music had been replaced. For many fans of the ride the absence the infectious original music had taken much of the fun out of the attraction, and the opening scene which originally had a film about Eastern had been replaced with footage of flying birds. On January 4, 1989 If You Could Fly was permanently closed. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Delta Dreamflight

Soon, Delta Air Lines[2][3] took over sponsorship and made plans to update and remodel the attraction. The replacement was Delta Dreamflight, which made use of the same ride system and floor layout, but all new scenery and music. Delta Air Lines, Inc. ... Delta Dreamflight (June 23, 1989–January 1, 1996) was an attraction located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom inside the Walt Disney World Resort, and was sponsored by Delta Air Lines. ...


Disney's Take Flight

Delta dropped its sponsorship in June 1996. WDW removed all references to Delta and renamed the attraction Disney's Take Flight. The ride lasted two years, closing in January 1998. Unlike the wholesale musical change from If You Had Wings to If You Could Fly, Take Flight 's music was the same as Dreamflight 's except for some tweaks to the lyrics. Take Flight (June 5, 1996–January, 1998)was an attraction in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. ...


Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

Disney decided to use the ride space to promote its popular film, Pixar's Toy Story. The new attraction, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, again makes use of the original ride system and floor plan, but now riders, armed with "laser guns", shoot at targets stationed throughout the attraction. Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American seven time Academy Award winning computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... A space cruiser vehicle in Disneylands attraction. ...


Influence

The influence of If You Had Wings was clearly felt in EPCOT Center's World of Motion and Horizons dark rides, both of which featured Omnimovers in settings similar to the speed room mentioned above. Both those rides are permanently closed. The El Rio del Tiempo boat ride at the Mexico pavilion at World Showcase, which has since been modified into the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, includes films projected onto small screens embedded in elaborate sets. Any ride that simulates a greater degree of movement than it actually has, including Star Tours, Body Wars and Soarin', is indebted in part to IYHW's speed room. Spaceship Earth, as seen from outside the vistors entrance. ... World of Motion (October 1, 1982–January 2, 1996), sponsored by General Motors, was the former tenant of the Transportation pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Horizons was an attraction at Walt Disney Worlds EPCOT theme park in Orlando Florida. ... Epcots Mexico Pavilion held El Rio de Tiempo The volcano passed at the beginning of the ride El Rio de Tiempo (The River of Time) was a dark ride housed within the pyramid-shaped Mexico pavilion, at the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake... Epcots logo Spaceship Earth is the symbol of Epcot. ... Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a dark ride housed within the pyramid-shaped Mexico pavilion, at the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Star Tours is a simulator ride located in many of the Disney theme parks, including Disneyland in California, Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, Disneyland Park in Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. ... This article should appear in one or more categories. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Soarin Over California. ...


IYHW, and Epcot's Spaceship Earth, were parodied as the "FutureSphere" in an episode of The Simpsons where a similar exhibit in the fictional "EFCOT Center" shows a future where Eastern Air Lines controls every aspect of life. Spaceship Earth is the name of the iconic attraction at Epcot, a theme park that is part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida USA. One of the most recognizable structures at the Walt Disney World Resort, it is not only the centerpiece and main focal... In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Special Edna, also titled Love and Marking, is the seventh episode of The Simpsons fourteenth season. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d Imagineers, The (September 1, 2005). The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney Editions, 121. ISBN 0-7868-5553-3. 
  2. ^ If You Could Fly. WDWHistory.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2006.
  3. ^ If You Had Wings/If You Could Fly. Walt Dated World. Retrieved on August 12, 2006.

Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ...

See also

This article will replace: List of current Magic Kingdom attractions List of past Magic Kingdom attractions Magic Kingdom entertainment history The Magic Kingdom is a theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ...

External links

  • Widen Your World Detailed and affectionate fan site featuring a wealth of prose, maps, photographs, and audio recordings.


Attractions at Magic Kingdom style parks
Main Street, U.S.A.: The Dapper Dans | Disneyland Railroad | Disney in the Stars | Disney on Parade | Fantasy in the Sky |
Main Street Electrical Parade | Remember... Dreams Come True | Walt Disney World Railroad | Wishes | World Bazaar
Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | Dumbo Flying Elephants | King Arthur Carrousel | Mad Tea Party | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mickey's PhilharMagic |
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Skyway | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Snow White's Scary Adventures | "it's a small world"
Tomorrowland: Adventure Thru Inner Space | America Sings | Autopia | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Captain EO | Carousel of Progress | Delta Dreamflight |
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | If You Had Wings | Innoventions | PeopleMover/Tomorrowland Transit Authority | Magic Journeys |
Rocket Jets/Astro Orbitor | Rocket Rods | Space Mountain | Star Tours | Stitch's Great Escape! | The Timekeeper
Frontierland/Critter Country: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Country Bear Jamboree | Pinewood Indians | Splash Mountain | Rivers of America
Adventureland: Indiana Jones Adventure | Jungle Cruise | Raging Spirits | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Liberty Square/New Orleans Square: The Haunted Mansion | Rivers of America | Pirates of the Caribbean
Other: Club 33 | Fantasmic! | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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