Disney and Chevy teamed up to debut the new Bolt EUV with a commercial featuring iconic Disney characters and of course, some Disney magic.
The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has been revealed, with a bit of help from an X-Wing Starfighter.
By Collin Morgan
Mon, Feb 15, 2021 08:52 AM PST
The collaboration commercial is called Magic is Electric, and features plenty of magic. Disney characters are sprinkled throughout the reveal, following the various passengers on their trip to Disney World.
Chevrolet’s new Super Cruise technology – the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance system for compatible roads – is heavily featured. The commercial also showcases the Bolt’s striking redesign, pushing the idea that the future is electric.
Chevy also released a behind-the-scenes video called Behind the Magic that pairs with the commercial. You can watch that below.
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“The power of two iconic brands like Disney and Chevy coming together to reveal the Bolt EUV inspires customers to imagine an all-electric future,” said Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “We want to engage and inform consumers about all the benefits of owning an EV and do it in an entertaining way. These vehicles are fun to drive, loaded with technology and are affordable, proving EVs are for everyone.”
Both Magic is Electric and Behind the Magic were shot in part on location at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The commercial will make its network debut during ABC’s American Idol, which premieres its new season Sunday, Feb. 14 from 8-10 p.m. EST, and Bolt EUV will be integrated into SportsCenter’s “Magical Moment” segments on Feb. 15-19 on ESPN.
“Our Alliances creative team has produced amazing content that fuses the anticipation and magic of a visit to Walt Disney World Resort with the excitement of driving the new Bolt EUV,” said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Marketing Partnerships and Alliances at The Walt Disney Company. “The result is an unforgettable campaign, amplified across Disney’s ecosystem, that we know will resonate with consumers.”
To bring the full story to life, Chevy and Disney created several pieces of content. In the 90-second commercial, a series of friends and families bring the magic of electric to life while traveling to Walt Disney World Resort with a cast of iconic characters, including Tinker Bell, Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts, a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more.
These beloved Disney icons help demonstrate Bolt EUV’s performance, larger size and tech features like Super Cruise1 and HD rear camera mirror. The campaign creative will be featured on Chevrolet’s social media platforms and across other digital broadcast properties, including www.chevrolet.com.
Chevy also collaborated with Nick Cho, aka @YourKoreanDad on TikTok, to walk viewers through a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Chevy and Disney’s content collaboration on the commercial. Behind the Magic also serves to provide in-depth vehicle feature information for the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV and includes reactions from current Bolt EV owners, who talk about how switching to electric has made their lives better. Behind the Magic can be watched at www.chevy.com/ev.
As part of its marketing plan for Bolt EUV and Bolt EV, Chevy will amplify the reveal with the commercial spot and various shorter versions airing across Disney-owned broadcast properties, on charging station digital billboards, and in other targeted placements across a wide variety of owned and paid social channels.
The reveal of the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV is the latest collaboration between Chevrolet and Disney. In the 1940s, General Motors commissioned Walt Disney and his studio to create an animated training film. In 1979, the company signed an agreement with Disney to become the first attraction sponsor at EPCOT prior to EPCOT’s grand opening in 1982.
The GM pavilion – World of Motion presented by General Motors – was an opening day attraction, which ran from 1982 until Jan. 2,1996. Test Track presented by General Motors opened May 17, 1999 and operated until April 12, 2012.
Today, guests can experience the creative energy between these two brands firsthand at EPCOT through Test Track presented by Chevrolet, a popular and thrilling attraction that was imagined by the creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with Chevrolet Design. Test Track presented by Chevrolet opened Dec. 6, 2012.
The 2022 Bolt EUV expands Chevy’s EV lineup beyond the Bolt EV, which has been on sale since 2016. Larger and sportier, the Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet equipped with Super Cruise1 technology, the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance system for compatible roads. The Bolt EV has been redesigned for 2022. Both vehicles will be available this summer. To watch the reveal videos, please visit www.chevy.com/ev.
1Even while using Super Cruise driver assistance feature for compatible roads, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Requires property equipped vehicle, active Super Cruise subscription, working electrical system, cell reception, and GPS signal.
About The Author
Collin Morgan is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based writer and enjoys the unique and unusual aspects of the automotive industry. He has experienced the worldwide car culture firsthand and has visited the automotive shrines of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani in Central Italy, tackled the Autobahn, and toured Wales with a rally club. Back in the States, he frequents car events in Detroit and Chicago and is convinced Michigan is the most underrated state for picturesque drives. He owns a 1999 Miata and has happily allowed many good hair days to be ruined by the open road turbulence.