August 3, 2013 - A record crowd estimated at 15,000 AirVenture guests filled the lawn and surrounding area in front of the EAA Fly-In Theater Friday night for a special pre-premiere showing of Disney's Planes.
Moviegoers were allowed to begin putting down chairs at 5 p.m. and the feature presentation began just before 9 p.m. - and the area filled quickly.
Movie director Klay Hall and producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn kicked things off by sharing footage of the fun research that went into the film, including visits to several airports in the Midwest, pilot interviews, and flying in various aircraft to make sure they were getting things right.
"It was a unique opportunity to create a very special experience this year at Oshkosh," said Dick Knapinski, EAA senior communications advisor. "The response to the film was outstanding."
And Disney hopes the rest of the country has the same enthusiastic reaction to Planes as the aviation community. The movie opens in theaters nationwide August 9.
The Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, has become a popular evening destination for Camp Scholler residents with a different movie playing on the five-story screen each night.