Braving overnight temperatures in the 30s, the Red Car Trolley test and adjust crew travels the streets of Hollywood Land and Buena Vista Street, preparing the new attraction for its grand opening June 15 in Disney California Adventure Park.
"The first car, 717, arrived in December 2011,and aren't yet show ready. With sandbags covering the floors, replicating the weight of eager Guests ready to be transported from Buena Vista Street to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Temporary advertisements have been installed inside one of the Red Cars, showcasing all of the shopping and dining opportunities Guests can explore along the trolley's route.
So how do you prepare for a role driving a mode of transportation that you've never experienced? Fortunately for the enthusiastic crew, Disneyland Resort is only about an hour's drive from Orange Empire Railway Museum in the Riverside County community of Perris, California. The museum boasts a collection of original Pacific Electric Red Cars, a main mode of transportation in Southern California in the 1920s and '30s- and a source of inspiration for the Red Car Trollys that will transport Guests back in time as they explore Buena Vista Street.
With less than two months to go until opening day, the team is putting on the final touches, including the storyline for their role. A motorman or motorette will drive the trolley and a conductor or conductorette will stand in the back, spieling the different sights and sounds along the way.
Each Red Cars' number has a significant connection to Disney history.
623...June 1923 was the month and year Walt Disney moved to California.
717...July 17 was the month and day Disneyland Park opened.
Talk about a very busy summer...Dr Lee