Saturday, May 9, 2009

Disney Rolls Out Nationwide 'Christmas Carol' Train Tour

In a promotional event that seems more out of "The Polar Express" than Dickens, Disney will launch a 40-city train tour to promote their upcoming holiday flick "Disney's A Christmas Carol." The tour will start at Union Station in Los Angeles on May 22nd and wend its way cross-country, traveling through 36 states before arriving at New York City's Grand Central Terminal on October 30th.

The train will contain interactive exhibits and will include artifacts from the Charles Dickens Museum in London. At each stop, an "inflatable" 3D theater will be erected to give visitors a sneak preview of film. Carolers, holiday decorations and snow will add to the festivities.

Shot in 3D using performance capture animation, "Disney's A Christmas Carol" will star Jim Carrey as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and each of the Christmas spirits. The movie is directed by Robert Zemeckis ("The Polar Express," "Back to the Future") and opens nationwide on November 6th.

The complete train tour schedule:

May 22-25 - Union Station, Los Angeles, CA
May 29-31 - Williams Depot, Williams, AZ (Grand Canyon)
June 2 - Santa Fe Depot, Santa Fe, NM
June 5-7 - Amtrak Station, Albuquerque, NM
June 12-14 - Union Station, Denver, CO
June 16 - Union Station, Ogden, UT
June 19-21 - California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA
June 26-28 - Port of Redwood City, CA
July 1 - Union Station, Portland, OR
July 3-5 - King Street Station, Seattle, WA
July 7 - Amtrak Station, Spokane, WA
July 10-11 - Amtrak Station, Whitefish, MT
July 15 - North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
July 17-19 - Amtrak Midway Station, St. Paul, MN
July 24-26 - Union Station, Chicago, IL
July 31-August 2, Union Station, St. Louis, MO
August 4 - Central Station, Memphis, TN
August 7-9 - Riverview in Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA
August 11 - Amtrak Station, Houston, TX
August 14-16 - Amtrak Station, San Antonio, TX
August 18-19 - Union Station, Dallas, TX
August 21-23 - Santa Fe Depot, Oklahoma City, OK
August 25 - Union Station, Kansas City, MO
August 28-30 - Durham Museum, Omaha, NE
September 4-6 - Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
September 9 - Downtown Bargersville, Indiana
September 11-13 - Union Station, Louisville, KY
September 18-19 - Brown's Lot, Cleveland, OH
September 22 - Albany Rensselaer Rail Station, Rensselaer, NY
September 25-27 - South Station, Boston, MA
September 30 - B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD
October 2-4 - Union Station, Washington, DC
October 6 - Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth, GA
October 9-11 - NC Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC
October 13 - Amtrak Station, Savannah, GA
October 16-18 - Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami, FL
October 20 - Amtrak Station, Jacksonville, FL
October 23-25 - Ansonborough Field, Charleston, SC
October 27 - 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA
October 30-November 1 - Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY

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