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ElecTRONica invites Disneyland guests to “enter the grid” and step into the world of TRON: Legacy

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Greetings Programs.

Friday, Oct. 8th was the opening night for the Disneyland Resort’s new TRON promotional event, ElecTRONica. It is held in the Hollywood Pictures area of the Disney California Adventure theme park.

At first glance, ElecTRONica appears to be a better-themed Glow Fest, which premiered around the same time as World of Color (presumably as a way to handle the massive crowds of people who did NOT get a coveted World of Color Fast Pass). But ElecTRONica offers much more.

ElecTRONica

Glow Fest featured ’60s decorations and a seemingly-random dance party happening in the middle of the Hollywood Pictures area of the park – and it did not thrill me at all. Those elements combined with serving alcohol created an uncomfortable environment with many small children dancing near inebriated adults.

But all of the complaints I had with Glow Fest (that I dutifully registered with Guest Relations) were improved for ElecTRONica. It isn’t just a random dance party and it isn’t just about drinking. ElecTRONica is an experience.

Sure, the whole idea is to promote TRON: Legacy, due in theaters on Dec. 17. If you can look past the massive advertisement, it’s actually quite enjoyable to enter the world of TRON for an evening.

Portal Opening

The experience begins with the “Portal Opening” ceremony. At 6:45, dancers appear on a stage at the Sunshine Plaza. They’re dressed in ’80s attire and dance to an ’80s song in front of ’80s gaming machines. The stage transforms halfway through and a video screen transitions to present day. The dancers are transformed as well and they perform in the sleek new costumes from TRON: Legacy.

ElecTRONica

Then the host comes on stage and he welcomes you to ElecTRONica. It’s basically a gathering of “Programs” and “Users” to relax and refresh. There is a count down and then at 7pm, the Portal is opened and all of the lights in Hollywood Pictures area turn on. It has been transformed into “The Grid.”

Here is a video of the full Portal Opening from opening night:


Theme & Decor

As I walked under the Hollywood Pictures entrance, I could tell immediately that ElecTRONica had a much larger budget than the similar, but not nearly as entertaining Glow Fest. From the lighting to the digital projections of light cycles racing around on the buildings, ElecTRONica is top quality.

The main street is basically an entry way. There are small stands set up to sell drinks and merchandise (more on that later). The music is tame and cyber-like. The transition from California Adventure to ElecTRONica is slow and easy. It’s quite a contrast to Glow Fest where I couldn’t wait to get far, far away. This is welcoming and smooth.

14 Comments

  1. ANON

    This event looks awesome! I sooo wish I had the money to go..I’m a HUGE fan of TRON!

    (btw when u mentioned the video game, it’s called TRON EVOLUTION, and the Wii version is called TRON EVOLUTION: BATTLE GRIDS.

    1. Anonymouse

      As someone who HATED the non-Disneyesque Glow Fest, I’m excited for ElecTRONica. BUT, I still find it out of place if it’s anything more than just a seasonal promo. Considering how they’re doing such an expensive retrofit of DCA to look more like Vintage California (street cars, removal of mosaic and maliboomer, new entrance) then ANY sort of glow dance party looks out of place. The daytime decor looks awful and I miss the Sorcerer Mickey Statue.

      Anyway, I’m glad Glowfest is gone but I’m not excited to think of Disney constantly messing with Hollywood area to have these late night dance parties promotions. This is Disneyland, not Magic Mountain.

  2. Spencer

    this actually looks kinda cool quite an improvement from glowfest. i might actually have to spend the time to see that laser man that looks awsome.

  3. disneygirl

    just got back. electronica is a shame. its not disney. If someone wants to drink and dance, GO TO A CLUB!! c’mom! people drinking in the strees of disneyland… cage dancing, all
    of it was disgusting. I hope they get rid of it asap & dont replace it with anything similar. I realy didnt feel all that safe walking thru cali adventure.

  4. Kathy

    What is the age to get in?

    1. Twinkleshyne

      Currently there is no age limit to get in,

  5. Nice post will have to read some more

  6. Twinkleshyne

    Electronica is AWESOMOME!! True enough it is no necessarily an attraction for children, it IS great for teens and young adults! I believe thats who the movie was made for anyway. It is a nice clean alternative to a dance club. The kids are dancing, the adults are drinking,all are entertained by the light show and the amazing resemblance to the movie’s club scene! My husband and I had a great time! It is California Adventure, not Disneyland, and I am okay with that! Very greatful to Disney for catering to teens and young adults.We need to have fun too! Those who left the negative comments above I’m guessing are old and stuffy (no offense) but if you still had a little “swag” in your step, you would have appreciated the attraction. The DJ was awesome! I wouldn’t see a problem with Disney putting a sign up informing parents that the attraction is more appropriate for ages 13 and up. In closing, take your babies to Disneyland and get your Mickey Mouse on, then then take them back to the hotel, leave them with Grandma, then grab your teens, go to Electronica and get your party on!

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