Canada Far and Wide Review and Planning Info
Canada Far and Wide opened on: January 17, 2020.
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Location: Canada Far & Wide is located in the same Circle-Vision 360 theater as O’ Canada!
There are two main ways of getting there. You can walk up these steps and then descend down the stairs passing next to the towering falls.
Or you can take the garden path, which is the same one that will walk you down to Le Cellier.
Pass the restaurant and you’ll eventually arrive at the theater entrance, which is just past it on the left.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Show Length: 15 minutes.
Show Schedule: Shows run continuously from 11am to 9pm. A timer outside the theater counts down to the next showtime. You can pull up the hours for a given date at DisneyWorld.com here by changing the day on the calendar on the right. In the future, it’s possible that the last showing will be at 8pm.
The waiting area is covered and air-conditioned with bench seating.
Type: Circle-Vision 360 film presentation.
Similar to: Reflections of China.
Requirements: Only your ability to keep Martin Short in your heart, since he no longer appears in the film.
Scary Factor: None, unless the thought of socialized medicine is enough to send you to the beer cart.
When to Go: Canada Far and Wide is the epitome of an anytime attraction. See it in the afternoon when temperatures and crowds have peaked elsewhere.
What to Expect: Canada Far and Wide is a less funny, but more visually majestic, version of O’ Canada. The film takes you from province to province with the screens around the theater showing you what it would look like to see out in that direction during the filming.
Pick a horse. Any horse.
Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy read the largely humorless script with little interest. Unlike Martin, Short, the previous host, they also never appear on screen.
Knowing that most people’s focus will be towards the “front” of the theater, it felt like that’s where most of the action was taking place.
Where to Sit:
Unlike the theaters with comfortable seats that you’ll find at Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along or Awesome Planet, Canada offers just railings to lean against, likely so you can spend your time looking around the theater at the various screens. I like to enter a row about three-fourths of the way back. Most of what’s interesting will be ahead of you and you can occasionally look around at the other screens. Or you can stand at the very “front” and stare back at everyone the whole time. That’s pretty fun too.
Total Experience Time: About 20 minutes if the time outside reads one or two minutes to showtime. Add more minutes if the next showtime is further away.
When to Arrive: Try to time it so there’s just a minute or two until showtime. Unfortunately, there isn’t a tremendous amount to do in the area if it’s 15 minutes to showtime, but you can look around the shops or the gardens.
Josh’s Take: There’s nothing overtly Disney about the production. It largely feels like the corny introduction video that you’d watch at the visitors’ center in a small town in Saskatchewan. The video also isn’t always shot in Circle-Vision, so random images appear around the theater throughout the presentation. Canada is a beautiful country and there are some great shots if you want to spend the time to see Canada Far and Wide. But the fact that the time will be spent standing and it “feels” like your basic documentary doesn’t make this a “must see” in my estimation. Anyone with an affinity for Canada will certainly enjoy it.