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Train Tour for "Disney's A Christmas Carol" Begins in Los Angeles on May 22 for a Cross-Country 40-City Tour

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009 3:16 PM

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Disney is kicking off a promotional train tour of the country to promote their upcoming holiday release of Disney's A Christmas Carol, which is scheduled to open in theaters on November 6, 2009.

The train will offer a 3D sneak peek of footage and behind-the-scenes clips from the upcoming movie, and attendees will be able to view authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London, artwork, costumes and props from the film, see demonstrations of performance capture technology, and you will have a chance to morph your face into one of the film’s characters using touchscreen PCs.

Clips from the movie will be shown in a special inflatable 48-foot-wide, 3D theatre -- the first inflatable 3D theatre ever to go across the country -- which will be erected onsite in each city.

The train contains four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities, and at every tour stop, Radio Disney will invite kids to enter for a chance to become a Movie Surfer representing their hometown. Each Hometown Movie Surfer will get a chance to appear on Disney Channel by filming their very own Movie Surfer’s segment. They'll also receive a prize package of exclusive Movie Surfer and "Disney's A Christmas Carol" gear.

Commenting on the announcement, [Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios] said, “‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ Train Tour is an incredibly fun way to introduce families across the country to the wonders and spectacle that is Robert Zemeckis’ unique and spectacular new holiday film. We are so proud of the movie, and think the 3D footage is so incredible, we just had to give everyone a chance to see it in Disney Digital 3D. From Los Angeles to New York, and all points in between, guests are going to have a fabulous time discovering things about the making of this extraordinary film, participating in their own festive fantasies, and getting into the holiday spirit all year round. ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ is great entertainment for moviegoers of all ages, and this is the perfect introduction to a fun and exciting new holiday classic.”

The movie is going to be released in 2D and 3D, as well as in IMAX 3D theaters. See the list of movie links to the right for information on each version.

Disney is describing "Disney’s A Christmas Carol" as a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking, performance-capture 3D motion picture event.

Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey, revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Through the magic of performance-capture technology, Jim Carrey tackles seven roles, including Scrooge and all of the Christmas spirits.

Robert Zemeckis made a name for himself in the motion-capture animation field when he created The Polar Express in 2004. In that movie, the characters were animated using motion capture data stored using actual performances by Tom Hanks and the other actors. The result was eeriely accurate performances, but the faces of the characters caused issues with some viewers, similar to the Uncanney Valley Effect (see Wikipedia entry).


The train will stop first in Los Angeles from May 22-25 and it will stop in cities like Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, and Boston, and finally land in New York on October 30.

Each stop will last 1-3 days and each train station will be themed with holiday decorations and feature artwork from the film, Christmas Carolers, fun activities for the entire family, and snow.

The full list of stops is as follows:

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Stop #   Market   Date   Site   Address   City   State   Zip
1   Los Angeles   May 22-25   Los Angeles Union Station   800 N. Alameda St.   Los Angeles   CA   90012
2   Grand Canyon   May 29-31   Williams Depot   233 North Grand Canyon Blvd   Williams   AZ   86046
3   Santa Fe   June 2   Santa Fe Depot   410 S Guadalupe St   Santa Fe   NM   87501
4   Albuquerque   June 5-7   Albuquerque Amtrak Station   214 First Street Southwest   Albuquerque   NM   87102
5   Denver   June 12-14   Denver Union Station   1701 Wynkoop St   Denver   CO   80202
6   Salt Lake City   June 16   Ogden Union Station   2501 Wall Avenue   Ogden   UT   84401
7   Sacramento   June 19-21   California State Rail Road Museum   111 I Street   Sacramento   CA   95814
8   San Francisco   June 26-28   Port of Redwood City   675 Seaport Blvd.   Redwood City   CA   94063
9   Portland   July 1   Portland Union Station   800 Northwest 6th Avenue   Portland   OR   97209
10   Seattle   July 3-5   King Street Station   303 South Jackson Street   Seattle   WA   98104
11   Spokane   July 7   Spokane Amtrak Station   221 W. 1st Avenue   Spokane   WA   99201
12   Whitefish   July 10-11   Whitefish Amtrak Station   500 Depot St   Whitefish   MT   59937
13   Fargo   July 15   North Dakota State University   1301 12th Avenue North   Fargo   ND   58102
14   St. Paul   July 17-19   Amtrak Midway Station   730 Transfer Road   St. Paul   MN   55114
15   Chicago   July 24-26   Chicago Union Station   225 South Canal Street   Chicago   IL   60606
16   St. Louis   July 31- August 2   St. Louis Union Station   550 South 16th Street   Saint Louis   MO   63103
17   Memphis   August 4   Memphis Central Station   545 South Main Street   Memphis   TN   38103
18   New Orleans   August 7-9   Riverview in Audubon Park   6500 Magazine Street   New Orleans   LA   70118
19   Houston   August 11   Houston Amtrak Station   902 Washington Avenue   Houston   TX   77002
20   San Antonio   August 14-16   San Antonio Amtrak Station   350 Hoefgen Street   San Antonio   TX   78205
21   Dallas   August 18-19   Dallas Union Station   401 South Houston St   Dallas   TX   75202
22   Oklahoma City   August 21-23   Oklahoma City Santa Fe Depot   100 South E. K.Gaylord Blvd   Oklahoma City   OK   73102
23   Kansas City   August 25   Kansas City Union Station   30 W. Pershing Road   Kansas City   MO   64108
24   Omaha   August 28-30   Durham Museum   801 South 10th Street   Omaha   NE   68108
25   Detroit   September 4-6   Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village   20900 Oakwood Blvd   Dearborn   MI   48124
26   Indianapolis   September 9   Downtown Bargersville   24 North Main Street   Bargersville   IN   46106
27   Louisville   September 11-13   Louisville Union Station   1000 W. Broadway   Louisville   KY   40203
28   Cleveland   September 18-19   Cleveland Brown’s Lot   1085 W Third St   Cleveland   OH   44114
29   Albany   September 22   Albany Rensselaer Rail Station   525 East Street   Rensselaer   NY   12144
30   Boston   September 25-27   South Station   2 South Station   Boston   MA   2110
31   Baltimore   September 30   B & O Railroad Museum   901 W Pratt St   Baltimore   MD   21223
32   Washington   October 2-4   Union Station   50 Massachusetts Ave. NE   Washington   DC   20002
33   Atlanta   October 6   Southeastern Railway Museum   3595 Peachtree Rd   Duluth   GA   30096
34   Spencer   October 9-11   NC Transportation Museum   411 S. Salisbury Ave   Spencer   NC   28159
35   Savannah   October 13   Savannah Amtrak Station   2611 Seaboard Coastline Dr   Savannah   GA   31415
36   Miami   October 16-18   Gold Coast Railroad Museum   12450 SW 152nd St   Miami   FL   33177
37   Jacksonville   October 20   Jacksonville Amtrak Station   3570 Clifford Lane   Jacksonville   FL   32209
38   Charleston   October 23-25   Ansonborough Field   Washington and Concord Streets   Charleston   SC   29401
39   Philadelphia   October 27   30th Street Station   2955 Market Street   Philadelphia   PA   19104
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