Over the next two days, Walt Disney World will be welcoming media to show off its new and upcoming creations under the banner of a “Monstrous Summer” press event. With Pixar’s prequel “Monsters University” scaring its way into theaters on June 21, Disney is using the lovable Mike and Sulley to tie it all together in a big way.
Making its debut today at Walt Disney World is a “Monsters University” monorail, which fans have quickly dubbed the “Monsterail,” featuring characters and banners decorating its exterior:
(Photos by Disney)
But while the “Monsterail” will be circling the tracks this summer, a special spectacle is also planned for the press. Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth will be transformed into Mike Wazwoski as part of a “special announcement” to cap off tomorrow night’s media event.
UPDATE: Here’s the big announcement moment featuring Mike Wazowski on Spaceship Earth talking to Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis, with a surprise appearance from Sulley.
A video shot very early this morning was sent in today from an anonymous source after Walt Disney World tested the Mike Wazowski projection, visible to anyone within eyeshot of Spaceship Earth.
Video: Mike Wazowski projection on Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World
[Original video removed by request.]
Earlier this week, eagle-eyed Epcot visitors already spotted the projectors temporarily set up near the park’s entrance to make this effect happen, even jumping to the conclusion that Mike Wazowski’s appearance would be the result. It seems, in this case, that rumor is true.
But there’s much more to tomorrow night’s event than simply transforming Epcot’s massive attraction into a big, green, one-eyed monster. The special moment will also include a “special announcement.”
The last time Walt Disney World held a major press event, they flew a fire-breathing dragon over New Fantasyland, another eye-popping event designed to grab attention – and headlines. Surely Mike Wazowski’s big appearance will do the same for tomorrow night’s announcement. And as with the dragon, it’s likely Spaceship Wazowski will be around for just one night only.
Before the evening at Epcot, Walt Disney World will also be giving media a sneak peek of what’s still to come from New Fantasyland: a first look inside Princess Fairytale Hall (opening sometime this year) and behind the construction walls of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (opening in 2014).
Then continuing the Monstrous Summer fun will be an “Around Our World” press presentation Friday morning, summarizing all that’s new and exciting around Walt Disney World for the upcoming summer season, followed by further information delivered via a showcase of topics.
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