ORLANDO, Fla. – A film that was secretly shot inside Walt Disney World theme parks without the company's knowledge or permission will be shown in theaters and on-demand services this fall, according to a distribution company that plans to release the film.
"Escape from Tomorrow" is a fictional story about a father who loses his job while on vacation with his family.
According to the filmmakers, the man's trip turns into a "nightmare of paranoid vision, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians."
Filmmaker Randy Moore, who once attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, shot most of his movie inside Walt Disney World and Disneyland without obtaining permits or permission from Disney officials.
According to published interviews with the cast and crew, actors would read their scripts on iPads while communicating with the director over cell phones.
As filmmakers hid in the crowd with DSLR cameras like the kind used by many vacationers, the actors would recite their lines as they mingled with unsuspecting Disney employees and park visitors.
Disney officials have not commented on the film since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The film's use of iconic Disney images, including the monorail, Epcot's Spaceship Earth attraction and costumed Disney characters, has prompted some to speculate that the film would never be released commercially due to concerns of trademark violation.
However, Producers Distribution Agency in New York announced it will be releasing the film in select cities on Oct. 11.
On that same day, "Escape from Tomorrow" will be available on-demand via services such iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Sony PlayStation, according to a press release.
"I don't even know how it's possible. Can't Disney shut it down?" asked frequent Disney World guest Kristen Massaro.
Massaro is troubled that visitors like herself may appear in the movie without their knowledge.
"Everyone has a right to say whether or not they want to be included in something like this," said Massaro.