The Disneyland Resort donated the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters previously located in the esplanade at the Disney California Adventure park entrance to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento, Calif. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.
“As we near the completion of the Disney California Adventure expansion, it was important to us to find an appropriate home for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ letters,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “The letters were very popular with millions of Guests over the past decade, and Cal Expo is a fitting destination to continue their legacy.”
Plans are underway to make the letters an integral part of a new Cal Expo entrance. The “CALIFORNIA” letters will make their way to their new home sometime in late September and will be placed high enough at the entrance to be seen from Exposition Boulevard.
“The Friends of the California State Fair serving Cal Expo is honored to have been selected the recipient of this gift from Disney Resorts. We see this donation, and the relocation of these letters, a continued and fitting tribute to the celebration of this magnificent state,” said Norb J. Bartosik, Cal Expo CEO/General Manager.
The letters were part of the original California postcard entrance to Disney California Adventure park when it opened in 2001. Over the years, they became a favorite photo destination and meeting spot for Disneyland Resort guests because of their statuesque presence. The letters were removed to complete the new main entrance to Disney California Adventure park, built to evoke the feeling of California in the 1920’s, when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles.
The donation of the letters is the latest among several other iconic Disney California Adventure park artifacts over the last five years.
· The cab of the California Zephyr train that was formerly the home of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Bakers Field Bakery was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif.
· The sun icon that welcomed visitors to Sunshine Plaza was donated to the City of Anaheim for future use.
· The giant toy train from EnginEARS Toys will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) for future use.
· Postcards and displays from the Greetings From California store at the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park were donated to many Southern California nonprofit organizations and educational facilities including the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, the Anaheim Family YMCA, the Child Abuse Services Team office in Orange, the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, and Betsy Ross and Orange Grove elementary schools in Anaheim.
· Signs and character displays from Greetings From California were donated to Pretend City in Irvine.
· The Reboundo Beach surfboard basketball game was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove.
· Benches from throughout Disney California Adventure were donated to the City of Anaheim for use in public spaces.
While it survived a near-hostile takeover from ‘Toy Story,’ Disney Creative Entertainment has now set its sights on the magnificent staged production of ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater (albeit more magnificent when the flying carpet scene isn’t deemed a safety hazard). And that, dear readers, brings us to speculate what will follow in Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine’s footsteps.
The Disneyland Resort has announced it is casting for a show at the Hyperion Theater and is seeking to fill some roles. The sad news is that DCE has become more sensitive about leaking too many details before things get official, but that has rarely stopped us from reporting and even sometimes being right. The evidence has been stacking up in ‘Newsies’ favor well before the new items presented below, namely Disney Parks registering a trademark for ‘Newsies’ for ‘entertainment in the nature of theater productions, as we first reported nearly a year ago. Next on our side is that if there’s one thing Disney Parks knows how to do, it’s exploiting a hot property (guess they really do know what they’re going to do today!) and, People, our ‘Newsies’ satchel has runneth over with the recent news that the Broadway limited run is now open-ended and no longer a limited run and the 20th anniversary edition blu-ray is due next month.
So what’s the news with ‘Newsies’ then? The casting notices that have been issued which are seeking males who happen to dance… who happen to tap dance.. with singing and tumbling abilities a plus. In addition, DCE is looking for female dancers who are ‘strong “show girl types”‘ with tap dancing a plus. Medda Larkin, perhaps?
In any case, we can probably expect to see more news and details on the upcoming production which is likely to start by end of this year/early next year within the next month or so.
As a point of interest, though it may seem peculiar that ‘Newsies’ would run as both a production on Broadway and as a ‘Broadway-style’ production inside the theme parks, it’s far from unprecedented. Most recently, Disney Theatrical debuted a new staged musical version of Aladdin while Disney Creative Entertainment’s ran in the parks and, of course, Beauty and the Beast found a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in its abbreviated form while a full-blown musical ran on several years for Broadway and throughout the world in permanent installations and tours.
UPDATE #1: 6/16/12 – It’s been pointed out by a commenter that the casting notices do explicitly say the performance is set for June 13, likely to be tied to the grand re-opening (though all we know of regarding a media event is on June 14). However with ‘Aladdin’ contracts set to expire by the end of the year, it’s still a strong possibility DCE is actively seeking a replacement for the show. More as it develops.
Disneyland Passholders Offered ‘Cars Land,’ ‘Buena Vista Street’ Preview, Early Entry; Tix Now Available
Although we just shared the news that Disney D23 members will have the opportunity to preview the ‘Cars Land’ and ‘Buena Vista Street’ districts at Disney California Adventure before they open to the public on June 15, we have learned that Disneyland Annual Passholders will also be invited to join in on the fun as part of Disneyland’s ‘The happiest place on Earth just got happier’ campaign.
The prices and packages remain the same: $50 for access to a four hour block inside the park; $75 for the preview plus a private World of Color showing; and $500 for an extended, five-hour preview plus a 3-course meal inside Carthay Circle Restaurant, including a wine presentation from the Lasseter winery, taxes and gratuities included. The dining experience also includes the private viewing of World of Color plus priority loading at Radiator Springs Racers and complimentary valet parking at Downtown Disney.
It’s worth noting that as the block of select annual passes will be lifted for the event, some guests will effectively be attending the preview for free at a cost less than what a block pass would run.
For more information and to purchase tickets now, visit the event page.
As a reminder for those wishing to preview the new areas for free, there is a sweepstakes being offered. See details and the entry page here.
Lastly, passholders are being invited to enjoy a magic morning by entering either the Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure one hour before the park officially opens on select days between June 18 and September 13, 2012. Registration is required but not being accepted at this time. For more information, visit the benefit page.
Even before Annual Passholders who were selected get to experience the all new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street districts at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on June 11, Disney D23 members are invited to experience ‘The Happiest place on Earth’ ‘becoming happier.’
On June 9 and 10, Disney D23 will hold previews for its members and their guests of the new areas. In addition to being able to explore the re-imagined and expanded Disney California Adventure Park during specified time windows, some packages will even include dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. The dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant includes a three-course meal featuring modern cuisine that pays tribute to the bold and diverse flavors of Southern California, and a special wine presentation from Lasseter Family Winery. In addition, the dinner includes an extra hour for previews, the private World of Color showing, priority loading at Radiator Springs Racers and complimentary valet parking.
To celebrate these previews and the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure, the Disneyland Resort is spreading the happiness by donating a total of $500,000 to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Anaheim Community Foundation.
Tickets are $50 – $500 depending on the chosen packages and will be available on May 18 at 1 pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official event page.
UPDATE #1: 5/25/12 -Disney D23 has provided additional details as to what will be included in the Carthay Circle Dinner package. While much of it is what has been released with the AP preview details, there are some additional perks worth noting. In addition to the three course meal (tax and gratuities included), there is confirmation that John and Nancy Lasseter will be in attendance as well as: a tour of 1901, the exclusive lounge for Club 33 members; a commemorative Storytellers statuette, priority boarding for Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land and complimentary valet parking at the Downtown Disney District
Yesterday, the Disneyland Resort offered up new details on its offerings in the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas which will make their public debut on June 15.
ON BUENA VISTA STREET
‘If Main Street, U.S.A., is the romanticized version of Walt Disney’s hometown, Buena Vista Street is the next chapter of Walt’s life when he came to California,’ said Ray Spencer of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). ‘It’s an extension of where we started at Disneyland park… and now our guests can step across the plaza and get the rest of the story.’
A big part of that story was the premier of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, and that landmark building is the inspiration for the spectacular Carthay Circle Theatre that anchors Buena Vista Street. This new landmark for Disney California Adventure park becomes one of the premier dining locations at Disneyland Resort, the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
The upstairs Carthay Circle Restaurant and downstairs Carthay Circle Lounge recall the grandeur of the original theater’s 1920s Spanish Revival architecture with custom tiles, plaster arches, custom woodwork and other historic touches. The cuisine is the star of this production with artisan ingredients, locally sourced produce and seafood and meats from throughout Southern California. Executive Chef Andrew Sutton from Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa created the restaurant’s seasonal menu, and Chef Gloria Tae, also from Napa Rose, is at the helm in the kitchen.
Located on the second floor, the 256-seat restaurant (200 inside, 56 on the terrace) is open daily for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant’s menu includes five varieties of sustainable fish, both wild and farmed, in dishes such as sushi-grade yellowtail, grilled with jerk spice and topped with tropical salsa, and Sierra Golden trout roasted with couscous, lemon and oil. Lunch menu includes udon noodle bowl with red Thai curry broth and Angus burger with Tillamook cheddar cheese. The 68-seat Carthay Circle Lounge, located on the ground floor, features hand-crafted cocktails, California beers from smaller breweries, wines from around the world with a strong focus on California vineyards, and lounge cocktails based on popular drinks from the 1930s including martinis and classic punches.
Each guest who orders an entrée and an appetizer, or an entrée and a dessert, will receive a ticket to a center-stage viewing area for the nighttime spectacular, ‘World of Color.’ The restaurant serves guests daily between 11 am and 10 pm.
The 178-seat Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (134 inside, 44 outside) will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will offer Starbucks coffee drinks; signature sandwiches such as a turkey Rueben, paneer and roasted vegetable and salami with olive tapenade, and roast beef and cheddar, as well as savory soups including vegetarian cream spinach, chicken tortilla, classic chicken noodle and cheesy enchilada. Sweet rolls, pastries and breakfast sandwiches are on the morning menu along with specialty coffees. Baristas will wear uniforms inspired by the period.
Named for Mickey Mouse’s original name, to which wife Lillian objected, Mortimer’s Market is a fruit and beverage kiosk which will offer whole and cut fresh fruits, bottled water and juices, and soft drinks.
Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream features Dreyer’s ice cream, including bars dipped in milk or dark chocolate that guests can finish with sprinkles, pop rocks and other fun toppings. Hot fudge and strawberry sundaes and other frozen delights round out the sweet offerings.
Entertainment offerings on Buena Vista Street include the Citizens of Buena Vista Street, a group of eccentric personalities who help bring the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s to life. Among the citizens strolling the street and immersing guests in the period atmosphere are a fun-loving photographer, a misguided messenger, a dotty dog lover and a comic cop.
Inspired by the spirit and style of Disney’s movie and stage musical Newsies, the Red Car News Boys roll into Buena Vista Street aboard one of the street’s distinctive Red Car Trolleys, performing a variety of authentic period tunes such as ‘California, Here I Come.’ Mickey Mouse, the fun-loving, mischievous young cartoon star of the period, joins the boys for a high-energy street show.
The Five & Dime are an innovative sextet of maverick musicologists longing for their big break as they pass through Buena Vista Street in a makeshift jalopy. Dime, the female vocalist of the group, has charisma and a voice like a young Ella Fitzgerald, and the group enlists some ‘new musicians’ from among the spectators to perform side-splitting versions of ’20s and ’30s song standards.
With a nod to landmark diners along America’s historic Route 66, guests will feel as if they have stepped into the town of Radiator Springs at Cars Land, with a contemporary spin on classic tastes from the 1950s.
‘We started working nearly four years ago on the concepts,’ says Disneyland Chef Chris Maggetti. ‘For Cars Land, we’ve developed fast-casual restaurants with lots of fun tastes, from dill pickle popcorn to chili and cheese – we call it chili cone queso – in an edible bread cone.’
Flo’s V8 Cafe is inspired by timeless roadside diners and boasts ‘the finest fuel in the 50 states.’ To cater to the growing number of Route 66 visitors and race fans coming to Radiator Springs, Flo expanded her place by adding a ‘showroom’ dining area, the story goes.
‘The showroom is part of the 300-seat dining room that looks out directly over the Radiator Springs Racers attraction,’ says Chef Sean Layne, area chef for Cars Land. Layne developed the restaurant’s signature vegetarian dish, a veggie-tater casserole that’s sure to be a hit with guests.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu for Flo’s will change often, with the centerpiece of the restaurant an on-stage rotisserie where guests will see meats grilling, such as New York strip loin, citrus-marinated turkey breast and pork loin flavored with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. Breakfast specials include brioche French toast with salted caramel and bananas and chicken tamales with scrambled eggs. Signature dish ‘veggie-tater bake’ is Chef Sean Layne’s vegetarian version of classic shepherd’s pie. California wines by the glass include Fess Parker Riesling, Silverado Chardonnay, Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon and Eppa Superfruit Red Sangria, while available beer includes Racer 5 IPA and Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, California.
House-made pies are the recipes of Disneyland Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet. The single-serving pies come in strawberry-rhubarb, Apple-Cheddar, chocolate mud, cherry and blueberry-peach, to name a few.
The cafe also is home to Flo’s personal memorabilia, collected during her glamorous career as a singer with the Motorama Girls.
Cozy Cone Motel is inspired by the quirky ‘wigwam’ motels along Route 66 with each of five teepees offering tasty cone-themed treats. Cone Number 1 offers churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa and Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda made with dessert pear syrup, mojito syrup and Sprite; Cone Number 2 features soft-serve ice cream and ‘route’ beer floats; Cone Number 3 offers savory bites all served in edible bread cones, such as a bacon-scrambled egg cone for breakfast, chicken verde or chili ‘cone’ queso for lunch and dinner. Specialty beverages are Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Ades, all-natural lemonade with wild berry foam, or pomegranate limeade with lemon-lime foam; Cone Number 4 is pretzel bites with cheesy sauce and Red’s Apple Freeze, a fat-free, frozen concoction with apple juice, toasted marshmallow syrup and passion fruit-mango foam; Cone Number 5 features two flavored popcorns daily, such as dill pickle and sweet & spicy. Other flavors include bacon and cheddar, nacho cheese, salt and vinegar. Specialty drink is Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic (Sprite with wild grape syrup and wild berry foam).
Fillmore’s Taste-In is home to resident hippie, Fillmore, where ‘natural fuels’ are on the shelves in his tie-dyed geodesic dome, including whole and cut fruits, bottled water and juices, and soft drinks.
In Cars Land, DJ, the ultimate party car – a big road-trippin’ mobile boom box with giant speakers, built-in disc changer and his very own party crew – takes to the street for DJ’s Dance ‘n Drive, a spontaneous, interactive dance party. Also at Cars Land is Red the Fire Truck who, with the help of his comic ‘Volunteer Fireman,’ recruits guests of all ages to join ‘Red to the Rescue!’ — helping water the flowers and clean up the town of Radiator Springs. (Prepare to get wet!)
Of course, Lightning McQueen and Mater, leading citizens of Cars Land, also are enjoying time on the streets of Radiator Springs, greeting and posing for photographs with guests near the Cozy Cone Motel.
The official Disneyland web site is being updated with new information and photos on the new areas opening on June 15, 2012 at Disney California Adventure, including Cars Land. Sampled here are just a few of the photos featured on the website, plus the official descriptions for the new attractions and dining options coming to the area. Each section is linked to its respective page on the official site.
RADIATOR SPRING RACERS (Height requirement 40″; Child Swap, FASTPASS and Single Rider enabled)
Start your engines! The ride of your life is about to begin! Rocket through the desert landscape of Ornament Valley in a thrilling auto racing competition that includes some of your favorite locations and characters from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars.
Before you hit the open road, you’ll stroll through the original settlement of Radiator Springs. See how Stanley capitalized on a natural cold spring and built a series of ingenious attractions — like a “pull up and fill-up” coolant station, a building made entirely out of empty oil bottles and the Comfy Cavern Motor Court — that grew into the lovely town we know today.
Ornament Valley and Radiator Springs
The journey begins peacefully enough, as you board a 6-person car for a scenic road trip through Ornament Valley, including a drive by the valley’s famous plunging waterfall, Radiator Falls.
Next, you’ll head towards the town of Radiator Springs and along the way you’ll encounter some familiar faces — including Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Luigi, Guido, Mack, Ramone and Doc Hudson — who will welcome you to the big race and help you along the way. Well, they’ll mostly help you; Mater is known to recruit newcomers to participate in one of his favorite activities, tractor tipping.
To get you ready for the race, you’ll fine-tune your car at either Luigi’s Casa Della Tires or Ramone’s House of Body Art. You’ll want to ride multiple times to see both!
For the thrilling conclusion of the attraction, you’ll be pitted against another car filled with Guests for a friendly competition to see who can get to the checkered flag first. Zip over hills, zoom around high-banked turns, and cruise down camelback straightaways past spectacular red-rock formations. While there is only one winner, everyone is sure to have a great time — just like in the movie Cars, it’s about the journey, not the finish line!
MATER’S JUNKYARD JAMBOREE (Height requirement 32″)
Come on down to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree for a tow-tappin’ square dance hosted by Mater from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. Board a trailer pulled by an adorable baby tractor and swing in time to lively music sung by, you guessed it, Mater!
Mater rounded up a herd of baby tractors for some old-fashioned dancing fun. If you look closely, you’ll notice that no 2 of the 22 tractors are the same. They have different colors, spots, mouths and eye colors. The one thing they all share: they love to dance!
Each tractor can accommodate up to 2 adults and 1 child.
Mater is tucked away in his shed where he’s singing and operating his ingenious improvised jukebox — made out of discarded oil drums, hubcaps, hoods, horns, mufflers and other assorted auto parts. The attraction features 7 original songs sung by Mater and performed by a Disneyland Park favorite, Billy Hill & the Hillbillies.
LUIGI’S FLYING TIRES (Height requirement 32″)
Float on a cushion of air aboard a larger-than-life tire, thanks to Luigi from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. Slide, spin and laugh as you lift ever-so-slightly off the ground on a 9-foot-wide Fettuccini-brand tire. You’ll be blown away by Luigi’s Flying Tires!
The Flying Tires
You’ll quickly get the hang of soaring around Luigi’s 8,000-square-foot Italian garden and tire storage yard. All you need to do is lean in the direction that you wish to move. Plus, you can adjust the joystick-like air valve on the tire to spin while you float.
6,714 air vents blow over 1.86 million cubic feet of air per minute to keep your tire floating ever so slightly above the ground. This marvel of modern machinery provides a completely unique ride experience — it’s almost like you’re on top of a gigantic air hockey table!
Each tire can accommodate up to 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children.
The fun begins before you even hop aboard your flying tire. You’ll tour Luigi’s showroom and office, where you’ll see his humorous collection of office supplies, mementos and photographs. Keep your eyes open for a few surprises!
Luigi’s Flying Tires uses a completely new, state-of-the-art ride system, but the attraction is inspired by a classic Disneyland Park attraction, Flying Saucers. More than 5 million aspiring space explorers rode the Flying Saucers from August 6, 1961 to August 5, 1966. Even decades later, it’s still a favorite memory of many Disneyland Resort Guests — including Cars director John Lasseter. Now, the unique experience of floating on air can be relived and shared with a whole new generation of fans!
FLO’S V8 CAFE
Cruise on in to Flo’s V8 Café and fill up your tank on classic American cuisine with a new spin. Inspired by the timeless drive-up diners along Route 66, Flo’s V8 Café celebrates the pioneering spirit of the open road. If you’re looking for the most popular restaurant in all of Carburetor County, just head towards the signature 27-foot-tall neon V8 sign!
Get your engines revving in the morning with breakfast favorites like chicken tamales with scrambled eggs or French toast served with salted caramel and bananas. For lunch, try inventive cuisine like Veggie-Tater Bake or indulge in home-style rotisserie classics including pork loin, citrus turkey and New York strip loin. Top off your meal with delicious single-serve fruit pies including apple-cheddar and cherry flavors!
Dining Area and Patio
The food at Flo’s is only half the fun! From both the huge glass windows of the interior dining area and the open-air patio, you can take in the majestic mountains and expanses of Ornament Valley — and even catch the occasional car speed past on Radiator Springs Racers.
While you’re eating and enjoying the view, be sure to look around to see the mementos from the singing career of the café owner, Flo from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. Another section of the dining area is a museum that showcases the racing career of Cars legend Doc Hudson.
The Disneyland Resort has announced that it will allow a select number of Annual Passholders to attend a preview at Disney California Adventure on June 11, four days before the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas debut to the public on June 15, 2012.
To enter for the opportunity to be one of the lucky previewers, Annual Passes must be valid as of May 1, 2012 (it does not have to be valid at time of preview). Entries must be entered by May 24, 2012 and winners will be notified on or around June 4. Each winner may bring up to five guests to the preview (which promises nothing but long lines) and will receive a blockout pass for those it applies to as well as complimentary 1 day tickets for each of their guests.
For more information and to enter the contest, see details here.
Starbucks and The Walt Disney Company have confirmed a report we made earlier in the month in which Starbucks will be opening locations within the theme parks at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
‘Starbucks and Disney have many things in common,’ said Arthur Rubinfeld, president, Global Development, for Starbucks. ‘We share a passion for providing excellent customer service, delivering high quality in everything we do, and ensuring that every experience with our brand exceeds our customers’ expectations. This is something our customers and partners (employees) have asked for through MyStarbucksIdea.com since the site launched more than four years ago, so we are pleased to bring this idea to life.’
Six Starbucks locations are planned to open within Disney theme parks, the first of which being this summer at Disney California Adventure. There, Starbucks will be located in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café on Buena Vista Street, a place that transports guests to 1920s Los Angeles when Walt Disney arrived in California and a cup of coffee was the perfect way to jumpstart a busy day. The store’s location plays off the Spanish/Mexican architecture of the period, and baristas will wear 1920s-inspired attire.
The café will serve Starbucks items including coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages, and signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Guests also will have their choice of Disney favorites, including signature sandwiches and other items, as well as delicious desserts and sweet treats.
‘We know food and beverage offerings are an important part of the memories our guests make at Disney Parks and now they will be able to enjoy their favorite Starbucks® beverage as part of their experience,’ said Maribeth Bisienere, vice president, food and beverage line of business for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ‘Many of our guests have shared their passion for Starbucks with us, and we look forward to making their feedback a reality as we debut the first location at Disney California Adventure.’
Additional Starbucks locations are planned for the Disneyland Park and all four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
We have been provided with the following video which features Mark Mine, Director of Technology Concept Design at Walt Disney Imagineering. In the video, Mine talks about the use of WDI’s Digital Immersive Showroom (DISH) technology, which allows Imagineers to use a form of pre-visualization (previz) to explore the new land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.
Using a combination of high definition projectors, 3D glasses and cameras to track the Imagineers movements, DISH allows them to virtually walk through Cars Land in real time long before it’s built. This technology gives them the advantage to be able to experience and tweak the guests’ experience long before anything physical is committed. These include possible issues like story, sightlines, audio cues, timing and even audio animatronics, a process that greatly supplements the traditional last phase of the Imagineering process, ‘test and adjust.’
Note the virtual vehicle as the Imagineer rides through Radiator Springs Racers.
Cars Land opens at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on June 15, 2012.
In preparation for the launch of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, casting notices have been issued for two separate roles to interact with guests in the new Radiator Springs-themed land.
The first role is for a male physical comedian with physical comedy and improvisational skills. The act is described as ‘non-verbal,’ and as a ‘Charlie Chaplin meets Cirque clown.’ Although every physical type is encouraged to audition, the casting notice notes specifically that deaf actors are also encouraged to audition for the part.
Disney Parks is also looking for a female dancer/host for the role of ‘Spinner,’ the leader of a small dance crew that will partake in an ‘interactive dance party that travels the streets of Cars Land.’ The role requires interaction with both guests as well as an unnamed character from Disney/Pixar’s Cars.
For more information on these and other roles, visit DisneyAuditions.com