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Disney Train Tour Coming to Redwood City for Special Promotion of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

Redwood City, CA - May 12, 2009 - Redwood City will be the only Bay Area stop on Disney Studios’ 40-city train tour promoting the upcoming “performance-capture” animated movie “Disney's A Christmas Carol,” starring Jim Carrey. This special train and its totally FREE attractions will spend three days on the tracks at the Port of Redwood City Marina, off of Seaport Boulevard at Seaport Court in Redwood City on June 26 – 28.

The movie, based on the Charles Dickens classic story, opens on November 6th but this will be Christmas in June for Redwood City, complete with all of the sights and sounds of the holiday including carolers, snow, decorations, giveaways, and many more surprises. In addition to the 4-car train, a state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D Theatre will be erected, where guests can get a sneak peek of “Disney's A Christmas Carol” and see other exclusive behind-the-scenes materials from the movie.

There will be authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London; artwork, costumes and props from the film; demonstrations of performance capture technology; and a chance for visitors to morph their faces into one of the film's characters. The latest details about scheduled events are available at More information will be coming to soon.

On Wednesday, May 12th the Redwood City Port Commission will formally approve an agreement with Disney Studios to authorize use of the Port  facilities for Disney’s three-day Redwood City stop, the only one in the Bay Area and one of only two stops in Northern California (Sacramento is the other one).

Disney inquired about using the Port facilities because we have an Amtrak-accessible spur track adjacent to Wharf 5, which has room for parking, the train, and the special theater they’ll put up for the Redwood City stop,” Port Commission Chairman Dick Dodge said. Redwood City Mayor Roseanne Foust added that Disney officials contacted her and other city officials about the event. “We’re thrilled that Redwood City was chosen by Disney to be the only Bay Area stop for this promotional tour, which will allow us to really showcase Redwood City and the Port,” Foust said.

At every tour stop, guests will have a chance to win a computer and printer, and kids will be invited to enter for a chance to become a Movie Surfer representing their hometown - and maybe get a chance to appear on Disney Channel!

Featuring four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities, the tour will have its inaugural stop in Los Angeles over Memorial Day Weekend. During the next 24 weeks, the train will make 40 stops in 36 states, covering more than 16,000 miles of track. The tour will finish in New York on the weekend of October 30th.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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