Mad T Party to replace ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure
by, 01-11-2012 at 09:00 AM (7007 Views)
When Disney announced last year that ElecTRONica, the nighttime dance party introduced at Disney California Adventure in September 2010 to promote the then-upcoming release of Tron: Legacy, would be extended through Spring 2012, the reactions of MousePlanet readers ranged from delighted to disgusted. One reader groused that the DCA expansion project had left park managers "too busy, tired, cash-strapped, and lazy to try and come up with something else," but another reader said "someone like myself who is further away and short of extra time and money is excited to have a bit more time to attempt to visit Disneyland and experience it."
If you haven't yet made your pilgrimage to see ElecTRONica, time is running out. Disney will announce today that this summer, a new nighttime event called the Mad T Party will fill the streets of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot with two stages, a lounge and an interactive game area. Based on the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland, Mad T Party combines the movie synergy of the ElecTRONica promotion with the colorful atmosphere of the Glow Fest event in the summer of 2010.
From the Disney announcement:
Beginning summer 2012, Disney California Adventure park guests will fall into the rabbit hole and land in a wild and whimsical world at Mad T Party. Inspired by the world of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the all-new nighttime family celebration will feature a live band, unique entertainment, fun-filled games and plenty of dancing. Familiar faces from the story will be re-imagined in new ways to immerse guests in a captivating world that’s filled with exclusive signature foods, beverages and merchandise offerings.
Looking at the concept art provided by Disney, it appears that the main stage will take the place of the current ElecTRONica DJ booth, next to the Monster's Inc. attraction entrance. (You can see the Monsters facade on the right side of the drawing). The band featured on this stage will be dressed in costumes that liken back to the Tim Burton vision of Wonderland.
A “House of Cards” stage outside Stage 12 (currently the home of Flynn's Arcade) will be used as a secondary stage, and draw people to the new "interactive game area." No additional details about this venue were released. Based on the drawing, the End of the Line Club will be re-imagined into a new House of Cards-themed bar, and the catering truck will receive a makeover as well. We don't know if the party will extend out onto Hollywood Boulevard as ElecTRONica currently does, of if it will be kept in the back corner of the backlot.
Disney has said only that Mad T Party will begin in the summer, which is the same language they continue to use when discussing the opening date of Cars Land. Though ElecTRONica is expected to continue through the spring, the show is not scheduled beyond January 28. As Alice might say, "curiouser and curiouser..."