Claim: The actual plane used in the film Casablanca is now part of The Great Movie Ride attraction at Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios theme park.
Origins: In 1988, Disney Imagineering was searching for a Lockheed
They eventually found the type of plane they were looking for in the hands of one Ed Walker of Hondo, Texas. Walker not only had an
Soon after Disney acquired the plane from Walker, they began trumpeting the discovery that their Lockheed
Casablanca began filming just a few months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when military security in southern California was at its height in anticipation of another Japanese attack on the aircraft manufacturing facilities and military installations found along the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Location shooting by movie studios in this area was severely restricted, and filming at facilities such as airports was prohibited altogether. Therefore, Casablanca was shot entirely on soundstages at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank; and
That final scene, in which Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) say their final goodbyes as the plane to Lisbon (the one which will carry Ilsa out of Rick’s life forever) warms up in the background is one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history, and this is the scene Disney recreated in their Great Movie Ride, for which they needed a real Lockheed
The one Casablanca scene shot outside a sound stage did involve an airplane, but it wasn’t a Lockheed
Only the front part of the Lockheed Electra was eventually used for The Great Movie Ride; the back half appeared in both the Studios Backlot Tour and the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise attraction. Even though
both Disney and one of the plane’s former owners were careful to say that the Lockheed Electra “may have been” (or “probably was”) the one actually used in the film, Disney cast members at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park still identify it as the “actual plane” used in Casablanca.
Last updated: 21 August 2007