Disney fans will never view Disney World in the same once their eyes have been set up Escape From Tomorrow. The fine line between fantasy and reality are blurred in the film, and wild imagination that once must have driven Walt Disney in his animation entertainment endeavors rears its head in the film. The film centers around what can only be described as the the paranoid “psychological trip” that the main character Jim goes though during the last day of his family vacation in Disney World.
Escape From Tomorrow, which is shown in black and white and in true classic Disney style, starts off with Jim standing on his hotel room balcony receiving “the phone call” from his boss notifying him that he has been fired from the company. Jim does not notify his family about the news however, as he hopes to hide the news until the end of their trip. As Jim spends his last day with his family at Disney World, his imaginative psych goes wild, as he starts seeing Disney characters switch from being friendly and cute, to conniving and devilish. Jim even imagines up two Persian girls that drift around, and follow him throughout the theme park, and provoke him into having a sexual encounter. The two teenage girls are very attractive looking to Jim, and as if he was a teenage boy shot up with hormones, Jim tries to follow the two girls through the theme park. The girls, much like fairies drift from one attraction to another, and Jim tries to take his children on various attractions in order to find them.
As if out of a Disney story book, another aspects of Jim’s paranoid psychological trip involves his daughter Sara being kidnapped by a witch, who has the ability to hypnotize people with a black gem necklace. At one point Jim himself is captured by the theme park, as they try to run weird experiments on him, and dissect his imagination. The movies ends with who audience members thought was the “real” Jim dying of the “cat flu” that was going around at the theme park. Audience members find out during the last few minutes of the film that what had just escaped was really just a fragment of Jim’s imagination, and that he and his family, who are starkly different from that which he had imaged, have actually just arrived at the theme park.
The movie, which was not filmed with the permission of the theme park, truly brings to audience members a glimpse of what must have been in Walt Disney’s head, as he came up with his various animation adventures. Though the film would not be recommended for children by any means, “mature” audiences who want to simply dip into the Disney world should definitely give the film a watch. They will forever be changed.