Hi everyone. Today I spent the day in Seattle, WA. First I went to Disney's Christmas Carol Train Tour, which will be at the King Street Station until Sunday. Then I went to Woodland Park Zoo. Part one is going to be all about the train. Part 2 about the zoo.
Of course what is a Seattle trip report without the Space Needle shot.
Some cruise ships in port before heading to Alaska.
After leaving the ferry I walked through Pioneer Square to get to the King Street Station. On the way I stopped to take some pictures. Fans of Adult Swim will recognize the following.
The Pioneer Square Pergola.
The Waterfall Park.
King Street Station.
The Christmas Carol Train.
It was about 8:40 am. The train opened at 9am for visitors. Here was the line. I am sure it will only get longer as more people find out about it.
I met up with about 14 members of the local NFFC chapter, the MountainEars, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary and are hosting the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet in August.
At 9am they started to let people board the train. We only had to wait a few minutes before we were on. The set up was really neat, with christmas music and snowblowers. Once onboard it was even neater. Basically they take you through the process of making the film from the original story to design, to filming and post production.
In the first car there are several costumes and pictures of characters from the film.
Also in the first car were several artifacts, including a first edition of A Christmas Carol.
There were also original handwritten pages from other Dickens novels like 'The Pickwick Papers"
The lighting was real nice and I like the decoration.
There were several screens that showed preproduction art and had interviews with the people involved in the making of the film. Here is some of the art.
After that you came to a car full of maquettes, busts, and models.
The maquettes were really nice. I heard several people say that they would buy them if they could.
The next car was the Motion Capture car. Inside they showed how Mo-Cap is done with numerous presentations on the screens. A moCap suit.
The next train had a whole lot of screens that showed bits from the film in rough to a more finished state.
The next couple cars had cameras that you could take your picture at and morph your face into one of 4 characters. You could then send it to your email. I have not got mine yet, but I will post it once I get it.
The last car had a final display with several screens with completed shots from the film.
Marley and Scrooge.
There was a place to get your picture taken with a christmas feast. The windows in the back had computer images from the film with a snowfall.
Nope, bad picture. Oh well.
After leaving the train I said to another visitor "Hey when was the last time you got of a Disney attraction and there was not a gift shop at the end?" LOL
There were even Carolers out. I am sure that as the day moved on they were quite uncomfortable.
They had a large blowup movie theater that showed a scene from the movie. Unfortunately I could not stay as I had to go to the ferry terminal to meet up with my parents and sister to go to the zoo.
Another view of the Pergola.
A flower on the way.
The Train was really neat and totally worth your time to go see it when it comes to town. What is even more amazing is that it is completely FREE! Yep when was the last time Disney gave you something for free. Go see it.
Coming zoon, I mean soon: part 2: Woodland Park Zoo