How-To Home Disney Movies: 2 Ways to Edit an Attraction Sequence

Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970’s when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my “mythic” hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after…


In previous articles (here and there), we discussed how to improve your Disney vacation movies in general. Now, let’s take a look at how to edit an attraction or ride sequence.

As it is part of a vacation movie, remember that it is not wise to do a full length POV (Point Of View) video or an editing that will try to show everything about the ride. This will be too long and jeopardize the rhythm of the whole movie.

Especially with a personal vacation movie, it is quite good and funny to show the way friends and family reacted to the ride. However, that’s not easy to film the ride AND the reaction of friends and family. That’s where the magic of editing will help! And you have 2 main options for that.

1 – Filming friends/family and the ride at separate moments
With that solution, when you ride with friends and family, your goal is to film their reactions. Of course, you lack views of the ride. That’s not a problem: film these when you ride a second time! This is how I filmed the Expedition Everest sequence below.

The first time, I filmed how family and friends lived their first Expedition Everest ride. The second time, I was on the front row, so I could get some good shots of the ride itself. Later, I filmed the ride from outside, getting some views of the train coming up and down. With the editing, I mixed these shots. Even though the light was a bit different, I used color correction so the fact that it was not filmed at the same time is not that obvious. You will also see at the end a way to use in an editing the Memory Maker pictures taken during a ride.

There is also a little trick in this edit in order to keep a good pace. When the train enters the dark tunnel the first time, a quick fade links the beginning and just before coming out. Why? Otherwise, the passage in the dark, where you see basically nothing, is too long for this kind of video.

1- Filming with multiple cameras
Thanks to the technology, nowadays, a lot of devices, like smartphones, can do video. In the example below, I filmed Kali River Rapids with my mirrorless camera using it as a camcorder. My wife was filming with her iPhone and a friend was using an action cam (like a Go Pro). No selfie sticks were used!

As in example n°1, editing allowed me to mix the views and get the ride as well as the reaction of family and friends. Color correction was used because the 3 devices used did not have the same response to the ambient light. The action cam was the one with the most different color response and it’s noticeable. However, it’s still good for a vacation movie. The splash moment was enhanced by applying a slow motion when editing (the video was shot at normal speed).

I hope that these 2 ways of editing an attraction sequence well help you to enhance your Disney vacation movies!