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.
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
When the Disney California Adventure expansion at the Disneyland Resort opens on June 15, 2012, it will include entertainment that will ring a bell with many a Disney fan. Earlier today, the Resort issued a casting notice for an act that appeared vaguely familiar, calling for both male and female improv actors for a ‘brand new show.’ Specifically, those hoping to win roles must have ‘strong improv skills, great with audience interaction and ability to create stories with guests. Strong vocals with ability to deliver tight harmonies with music and a cappella is a plus.’
Given the conceptual similarities between the new Buena Vista Street area of Disney California Adventure and its distant cousin, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, with its Citizens of Hollywood comedy troupe, it seemed a very logical and short leap that the west coast park was planning on taking a cue from the east and introducing the same type of element into DCA.
A quick Google search indeed turned up plans for ‘Citizens of Buena Visa Street,’ whose presence was mentioned in a commemorative guidebook given to park Cast Members. According to the book, ‘guests will encounter a series of characters from “old time Los Angeles,” who specialize in creating impromptu laughs, smiles… and, of course, memories. You just never know who you might bump into along Buena Vista Street!’ (source)
The Disneyland Resort has issued casting calls for an entertainment show titled ‘The Red Car News Boys’ that will be presented in the Buena Vista Street area at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting June 15, when the area officially opens. They will join other previously announced acts such as the Five and Dime.
The act is described as a ‘high-energy group of 1920s/30s-era paperboys [who] will take to the streets of Disney California Adventure Park as they sing and dance to authentic period tunes.’
Roles currently being cast for include:
- JOHNNY – portrays an older teen, the heart-throb leader of the pack, tenor
- KIP – portrays a young teen, Johnny’s younger brother, the ‘exaggerator,’ tenor
- FEETS CHARMING – portrays 14-17, very outgoing, strong tapper, tenor
- BRASS TACKS – portrays 14-17, gymnast, the ‘funny guy,’ tenor
- SHORTY MCGUIRE- portrays 14-17, 6′+, athletic, tenor
- SAL – female, portrays 14-17, 5′ – 5’4″, tomboy who dresses in her brother’s clothes, alto
Actors must be at least 18 years of age and be skilled in both dancing and music theatre.
For more information as well as other roles available at Disney Parks worldwide, visit DisneyAuditions.com
The Disneyland Resort issued (and subsequently removed) casting notices for a new ‘high energy group fronted by a female singer with the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The group will play and swing to popular standards of the ’30s while interacting with park Guests.’
For the interactive band, the resort is seeking: a string bass and tuba player; a guitar and banjo player (stressing the guitar side); a drummer; a woodwind and tenor sax player with a stress on the sax; and a trumpet player.
Performances are scheduled to begin in June, presumably in the Buena Vista Street area, although it’s an assumption that it’s even for the Disney California Adventure park.
The Disney Parks blog today confirmed that the ‘Mad T Party,’ a street entertainment venue based on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be replacing ElecTRONica this summer. Although we were not the first to discuss the entertainment offering, we did correctly identify its title to a t back in September of last year.
Taking place in the evenings in the Hollywood Backlot area of Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, guests will pass through a ‘surreal rabbit hole’ entrance and find the same types of offerings one would find at ElecTRONica, only themed to the new Alice in Wonderland overlay. In addition to a DJ and live band, Disney California Adventure also promises a ‘variety of performance artists.’
According to an casting notice, performances are scheduled to begin in late May and will feature a ‘one-of-a-kind’ 5 piece band featuring a male lead vocal, male bassist, male or female drummer, female guitarist and a male or female keyboardist. Songs to be performed will include ‘classic rock material’ such as Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ The Isley Brother’s ‘Shout,’ Buster Poindexter’s ‘Hot Hot Hot,’ Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You,’ ‘and more’
On Friday, October 14, both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will be commemorating one year of Duffy the Disney Bear being in the parks with a book release, signing and a special gift for Annual Passholders.
At Walt Disney World, Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan will be on-hand at Disney’s Traders in Epcot near the entrance to World Showcase to sign copies of the new book from 11 am to 1 pm.
As a bonus gift, the first 750 Annual Passholders who present their AP to cast members at Disney’s Traders in Epcot and the first 250 Annual Passholders to present their APs at Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure when the shops open will receive a limited edition tshirt designed for the 17″ Duffy plush.
Duffy will also be available to meet and greet with guests in his pumpkin outfit.
Last week, Disney Parks registered a trademark application for ‘Mad T Party,’ for an item described simply as ‘entertainment services offered in a theme park.’ This is, without much doubt, the anticipated replacement for Disney California Adventure’s ‘ElecTRONica’ night-time party spectacular as described earlier this year by MiceAge’s Al Lutz (under the ‘Mad Tea Party’ moniker).
According to Lutz, the ‘Mad T Party’ will launch in summer of 2012 and carry on into 2013 and themed towards Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It will feature many of the elements deemed popular in ‘ElecTRONica’ and its predecessor, ‘Glow Fest,’ including live music and a unique stage show, all geared towards the new party’s Wonderland theme.
Move over Mickey, this fall, Minnie’s bringing her own dance crew to Disney California Adventure and she’s got a theme to prove it. A casting call is seeking both male and female performers to participate in a brand new show, ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airlines,’ which is expected to begin performing in October, 2011.
The musical revue (which is likely to take place in the Golden State / Condor Flats area of the park, near Soarin’), will take passengers (or guests) on a musical trip through the 1940s-1960s in four part harmony. The comedic, and guest-interactive group will consist of three women (known collectively as ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls’) who will play the role of ‘stewardesses’ on the burgeoning airline, along with one male, known as the ‘Control Tower Operator,’ ‘an endearing “flight controller” with a sense of humor who adores “Minnie’s Fly Girls”, sings lead and back-up harmonies, interacts with Guests.’ And of course there will be appearances by Minnie Mouse herself.
Heading to Disney California Adventure late this year? Just be sure you fasten your seatbelt, your seat is in the upright position and your tray is up and pop and locked.
UPDATE #1 – 8/4/11: Auditions for the act have been canceled and details removed from Disney’s site.