Disney announced today that the studio is going full steam ahead with a special 40-city train tour to promote Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming holiday feature A Christmas Carol. This special promotional event, which will feature exclusive sneak peeks of the 3D film footage as well as summer time snow, will begin in Los Angeles on May 22 and is expected to cover over 16,000 miles.
Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Oscar-winnning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, Disney’s A Christmas Carol opens in theatres November 6 in Disney Digital 3D and in IMAX 3D and will utilize state-of-the-art performance capture technology. Carrey plays seven different characters in this new adaptation of the beloved Dickens tale. The movie also stars Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.
Both Carrey and Zemeckis will be on hand to launch the Train Tour on Thursday, May 21 at Union Station in Los Angeles. Disney will also present a check for $100,000 to Boys and Girls Club of America on the same day.
The big train interactive show will be set against a snowy backdrop and showcase carolers, Christmas carolers, giveaways, artifacts from the Dickens museum and ‘some surprises”underwritten by HP as title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. The family event will be free to the public.
”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,’ says Dick Cook, Disney Studios’ chairman. ‘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.’
Featuring four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, demonstrations and family activities, the tour will have its inaugural stop at Los Angeles’ Union Station over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 22nd through May 25th. During the next 24 weeks, the train will make 40 stops in 36 states, as it travels its way across more than 16,000 miles of track. The tour will finish at New York’s Grand Central Terminal over the weekend of October 30th through November 1st.
You can get the latest details about when the train will arrive at your neck of the woods at www.christmascaroltraintour.com.