Sunday, October 17, 2010

AHEAD OF THE GAME (GRID)



Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there's a highly-anticipated sequel to a long-forgotten classic coming to theaters, and it's called TRON: Legacy.

Disney kicked their marketing machine into overdrive at least 6 months ago, heading towards the film's December opening. At this point I think it's fair to say that TRON mania is nearing a fever pitch, and it's in large part thanks to...Disney California Adventure?!



Gang, I'm being real with you. I have been to the promise land, and it is called ElecTRONica. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot at Disneyland's sister park has been transformed into the game grid, and the results are most impressive. It's similar to Glow Fest - which took place over the Summer - with the overall difference being that it's way less gay (in terms of color scheme and decor, that is), and way more AWESOME.



Images of light cycle races and users getting "de-rezzed" are projected on just about every stationary surface, and the whole area hums with energy and electronic beats. Continue your journey by walking underneath the giant Recognizer...if you dare!



Enter what was once a rather lifeless section in front of Monsters Inc: Mike & Sulley to the Rescue, which is now a full-on dance party. TRON-costumed DJs spinning from their Apple laptops and all!

And never fear! One of the most crucial aspects of the success of Glow Fest is alive and well in ElecTRONica - booze, y'all. Step right up to the thoroughly stressed bartenders at the End of Line Club and get yourself a Glowjito or a Digitini. I indulged in the Glowjito last night, and was very pleasantly surprised to find that Disney wasn't skimping on the rum.



After you obtain your beverages, make sure you head into what was once the Hollywood & Dine restaurant, which has been transformed into Flynn's Arcade. I was pleased to see that it was fully stocked with ALL vintage arcade games. These were the real deal! And best of all - to complete the metamorphosis, a stellar playlist of 80s tunes are pumped in. In other words? Heaven.



And lest we forget what all of this is for, head into the Muppet*Vision theater and experience an exclusive 9-minute preview of TRON: Legacy! It starts out similar to the two top-notch trailers that have been released so far, but then turns into a complete amazeballs dream come true. And as it should be for most of our dreams, star Garrett Hedlund gets stripped down to his boxers.



All in all, ElecTRONica was an immersive, crazy, ridiculous experience (and I didn't even get to see the live performer known as 'Laser Man"). It's also one that I cannot WAIT to have again. For serious, it's been almost all I can think about. That, and how much I wish Daft Punk's TRON: Legacy soundtrack were already out. Check out a clip of the first track below - it's dark, exciting, and features special guest "the Inception noise":


Begin praying now to whichever deity you choose that December 17th comes a hell of a lot sooner. Until then, grab your drink and identity disc and let the good times (and light cycles) roll at Disney California Adventure. The Master Control Program knows how to party!

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