Family Came First at the AutoShow
Besides the multitude of family vehicles found across the show floors in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, recent years have seen special exhibits and presentations geared specifically towards families with young children. This year, the young ones could see some of their favourite Disney and Pixar vehicles in person, along with one of the largest indoor remote-controlled car demonstration test tracks and one of Canada’s leading toy retailers. The main family feature was ONWARD (and a bit backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience. Walt Disney Studios Canada allowed you to step into the suburban fantasy world of Disney and Pixar’s upcoming film “Onward.” The exhibit included a life-size replica of Barley’s (voiced by Chris Pratt) treasured van he calls “Guinevere.” Along with his brother Ian (voiced by Tom Holland), they embark on a quest in this mighty steed that promises to test their relationship. Fans had the opportunity to pose and take photos with this groovy purple van spectacularly decked out with crescent moon windows and a Pegasus mural, as well as take photos with life-size cut outs of Ian and Barley. Additionally, a wizard was present on select days to perform illusions inspired by the spells and magic performed in the film. “Onward” opens in theatres across the country on March 5. Walt Disney Studios Canada also featured a life-size replica of Lightning McQueen from Disney and Pixar’s Cars films, and a life-size replica motorcycle of Canada’s greatest stuntman, Duke Caboom from “Toy Story 4.” “Cars,” “Cars 2” and “Cars 3” are now streaming on Disney+, and “Toy Story 4” will be joining the rest of the Toy Story films on the streaming service soon. In the middle of Castrol Alley, Big Boys with Cool Toys, Canada‘s largest remote control hobby store, exhibited some of the coolest remote control products available in the industry.
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