I went to ElecTRONica on Friday night for the opening and I've gotta tell you it was amazing! This was a themed experience with WDI flexing their creative muscle to do exactly what they do best - immerse us in themed environments and take us on adventures. The main dance event catered towards an 18+ crowd, but there was something there for everyone of all ages to enjoy, and I will further illustrate that with the videos that I've posted. The first video will focus on the opening pre-show, and the others will focus on other aspects of the event. I have a ton of great footage and I can't wait to show you what I've seen.
I will say that for the first time today I thought that the Disney California Adventure Park felt really crowded. I'm not sure if that was because of the new event, that the Halloween Party closed Disneyland early, or a combination of both, but DCA was definitely kickin:
Granted this is right after World of Color, but still...this is like rush hour on the 405
Here are some photos taken during the day before ElecTRONica:
Muppet Vision 3D Closes at 5:00pm for ElecTRONica:
The colorful paint tubes are gone and the Muppet Space Ship remains:
and now for the video trip report from ElecTRONica:
PART 1: Pre-Show
ElecTRONica kicks off with a Pre-Show choreographed by Josh Horner. The show begins in the 80s paying tribute to the original Tron movie released in 1982. As the panels on the stage turn and the players are transformed into programs as we are told that the game has evolved. The programs battle with their identity disks in a very cool dance sequence, and then we meet Ekert. Ekert is our emcee for ElecTRONica and he invites us to count down 'til the opening of the portal. Then, he invites us to step into the grid.
Part 1: Pre-Show
PART 2: The Portal: Into the Grid
Once the portal is open, everyone makes their way down Hollywood Blvd. towards Tron City. Projection mapping technology transforms the buildings into an electric blue tunnel of light. Periodically there is a power surge and electricity shoots across the buildings. Children and adults are invited to play a glowing frisbee game along the streets as they make their way towards the dance party that lies ahead.
Part 2: Portal: Into the Grid
PART 3: TRON City
The mood is festive in Tron City. A DJ spins tunes in a centralized outdoor dance floor under a grid of blue pulsing light. Programs are on the dance floor raising their identity disks in the air and waving them like they just don't care. Futuristic gogo dancers tower over the crowd on glowing white platforms. Lasers dance across the sky and buildings come alive with video projections that seem to dance to the rhythm of the music. Food and drinks (including glowing alcoholic beverages) are available. Guests are invited to preview TRON 3D and witness many other forms of entertainment including another dance performance choreographed by Josh Horner. Up next: Laser Man.
Part 3: TRON City
Part 4: LaserMan
Ekert from the pre-show reappears and invites us to enjoy LaserMan whom he promises will amaze us, and the show doesn't disappoint. It's so cool that I just decided to record the whole show and upload it in its entirety. This is such an original concept for a performance - a combination of mime and technology synced to an audio track. I'm glad that Disney is supporting this artist by having him perform at ElecTRONica - from my understanding he developed the act himself and was brought in because it really fit the TRON theme they were going for. At the time when I was at ElecTRONica LaserMan was performing starting at 7:30 and every hour thereafter on the :30.
Part 4: LaserMan
Part 5: Flynn's Arcade
Towards the back of Tron City, is Flynn's Arcade. A neon sign on the side of a building glows warmly welcomes you in the open doors beneath. Inside you discover an authentic looking 80s arcade complete with vintage video games including TRON. Periodically, the lights flicker and a light behind the Tron game illuminates a door frame and we hear dialogue from the movie trailer that indicates that Flynn is still alive. If 80s games aren't your style, you're free to play in a tournament outside the arcade where you can race on the new Tron Evolution game for Nintendo Wii. Outside you will also find projection mapping used again to simulate the facade of Flynn's arcade. Periodically the facade projection moves away and is replaced with animation of Tron City or a short movie trailer.
Part 5: Flynn's Arcade
Overall, I have to say I'm really impressed with what Walt Disney Imagineering was able to create in the backlot. Its always nice to see that special attention to detail that you can get at Disney - even for temporary attractions like this one. It looks like this will be a very successful event for DCA and one that will be fun for a wide range of guests. Its nice to actually have something new and worth experiencing in the Hollywood Pictures backlot too. I don't think the building where Flynn's is located has been open to regular park guests since Hollywood & Dine closed within the first year DCA was open. I also noticed that park guests were taking short breaks from the party atmosphere to ride on Monsters Inc. a ride that is often just a "walk on" attraction.
To wrap up my trip report, here are a few more photos from ElecTRONica: