The new look was revealed on the Disney Parks Blog. The Costume Design and Development team engineered a “trainsformable” costume with fully reversible features, allowing Cast Members to switch their costume to adapt to the scene at a moment’s notice. The costumes feature vibrant colors, eye-catching textures, hidden Mickeys and other elements that connect to the attraction.
Similar reversible costuming exists at Walt Disney World, but the East Coast Cast Members have a completely different costume which ties more into the Chinese Theater setting.
“The artwork that’s on the vest is designed by Joseph Holt, who’s [an] animator and artist who works on all of the cartoon shorts,” said Yonit Olshan, costume designer. “Our Cast Members and their costumes are completely in line with the vision for the entire attraction; they really are a part of the show.”
Cast Members who have been a part of the development process are excited about the immersion aspect. “I think that the nature of the attraction, where it’s moving from one environment into the next, is mirrored in the costume,” said Tyler Girdner, entertainment character host. “It allows for the guests to feel transported by seeing a completely different look.”
Dressed in their best for the El CapiTOON Theater, Cast Members are now one stop closer to the big premiere!