Disney's 'Oz' Balloon in Central Park

, by Zoë Gulliksen

One of the reasons why I love living in New York City is that there is always something exciting happening that wouldn't happen anywhere else. This morning Disney launched a hot air balloon in Central Park to promote their new film 'Oz The Great and Powerful'!

This part of Central Park is also right near my apartment! I think this is a brilliant marketing tool because now as the balloon flies over Manhattan, every person young or old will see the balloon and become interested in this new movie coming out this weekend.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. 

 “Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

Source: Disney


  1. Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous. That looks amazing! I'm really looking forward to the film.

  2. The last picture is amazing... I'm so jealous you can see part of Central Park from your apartment.