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Art of the Disney Parks

One of my favorite things to see at Disney Parks is the attraction posters! Back when Disneyland opened, Walt had some of his artist create these amazing posters to give guests a little preview of the adventures they will see and live in his park. They are a lot like the movie posters you see at your local movie theater showing what is playing or coming soon.

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Attraction posters in the park (Picture is from the book)

Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke and Venessa Hunt was a book I HAD TO HAVE! I started my collection of (what I call) Vintage Disney Attraction Posters when I was younger (don’t remember the exact year), and when this book was announced I knew I had to get it. I mean, it’s a book about Disney Parks, Disney History… and it’s mostly pictures! Haha!

Pirates of the Caribbean was my very first poster. I got it (ordered it) from the Disney Gallery when it was located in what is now the Disney Dream Suite, above the Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland.

Pirates of the Caribbean (1967), Disneyland by Collin Campbell (Picture from my collection)

Pirates of the Caribbean (1967), Disneyland by Collin Campbell (Picture from my collection)

In the book, they not only show you posters that you can see in the parks today. But also some concept artwork.

Pirates of the Caribbean concepts, Disneyland by Collin Campbell

Pirates of the Caribbean concepts, Disneyland by Collin Campbell

Who¬†doesn’t love the Jungle Cruise!?

Jungle Cruise (River) (1955), Disneyland and WDW by Bjorn Aronson (Picture from my collection)

Jungle Cruise (River) (1955), Disneyland and WDW by Bjorn Aronson (Picture from my collection)

And here are some concepts that were drawn up for Walt Disney World.

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

Jungle Cruise concept, WDW by Sam McKim

The book gives you a quick example of the Screen Printing Steps.

Screen Printing Steps Example

Above I showed my Jungle “River” poster. It was there to help promote the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland in 1955. But the same print is also use in Walt Disney World. Sometimes they use the prints in more the one park. And other times they will just change a couple of details (adapt) to make them park specific. This first picture is of Disneyland’s Monorail, the second is of WDW’s Monorail.

Disneyland Monorail (1961), Disneyland by Paul Hartley (Picture from my collection, signed my Bob Gurr)

Disneyland Monorail (1961), Disneyland by Paul Hartley (Picture from my collection, signed my Bob Gurr)

Walt Disney World Monorail System (1971), WDW by Colin Cambell

Walt Disney World Monorail System (1971), WDW by Colin Cambell

(Side note on the Disneyland Monorail poster. This one is my favorite out of my collection. My wife got it for me for Christmas. And that ‘scribble’ under the Monorail is actually Bob Gurr’s autograph. No really, I have the letter of authenticity to prove it! ) ūüôā

Kind of cool to see them side-by-side and see the little differences. Another couple of posters I like to see side-by-side is the Haunted Mansion posters.

Haunted Mansion (1969), Disneyland by Ken Chapman and Marc Davis (Picture from my collection)

Haunted Mansion (1969), Disneyland by Ken Chapman and Marc Davis (Picture from my collection)

Haunted Mansion (1971), WDW by George Jenson (Picture from my collection)

Haunted Mansion (1971), WDW by George Jenson (Picture from my collection)

Same poster design, the mansion is different in the background to match the park. This next poster is cool too!¬†Still has that “haunted” feel, as the other ones, but a different style with more detail.

Phantom Manor (1992), Disneyland Paris by Dan Goozee

Phantom Manor (1992), Disneyland Paris by Dan Goozee

I can talk about EVERY poster in this book, but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to just show posters from my collection and some in the book. So please enjoy this old school slideshow method… (you just keep scrolling down to see the next picture. I don’t have to a budget to get all fancy. Haha!)

Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959), Disneyland by Paul Hartley

Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959), Disneyland by Paul Hartley

Matterhorn Bobsleds concept by Paul Hartley

Matterhorn Bobsleds concept by Paul Hartley

Space Mountain (1977), Disneyland by Jime Michaelson, Ernie Prinzhorn, and Ruby Lord (Pictured from my collection)

Space Mountain (1977), Disneyland by Jime Michaelson, Ernie Prinzhorn, and Ruby Lord (Pictured from my collection)

Space Mountain (2010), WDW by Josh Holtsclaw

Space Mountain (2010), WDW by Josh Holtsclaw

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979), Disneyland and WDW by Jim Michaelson, Rudy Load, and Greg Paul (Picture from my collection)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979), Disneyland and WDW by Jim Michaelson, Rudy Load, and Greg Paul (Picture from my collection)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad concept, Disneyland and WDW by Jim Michaelson

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad concept, Disneyland and WDW by Jim Michaelson

Okay, stop scrolling of a sec. This next¬†two posters I think are really cool. This first one is for the Flying Saucers. Cool design by Rolly Crump. The next one is for Luigi’s Flying Tires. (Yes, I know both of those attractions weren’t the best and aren’t around anymore. But here is why I think these two are cool.) Flying Tires came around about 50 years after Flying Saucers. Flying Tires was the same as Flying Saucers, just updated a little(ish). I think same can be said about the posters. The man sitting in the Flying “Tire” looks pretty similar to the man sitting in the Flying “Saucer”. And both posters have kind of the same “look” to them. I looked at these two posters and think of it as a nod to the original attraction!

Flying Saucers (1961), Disneyland by Rolly Crump

Flying Saucers (1961), Disneyland by Rolly Crump

Luigi's Flying Tires (2010), DCA by Greg Maletic

Luigi’s Flying Tires (2010), DCA by Greg Maletic

This book has it all! They show posters that can be found in the parks today, concept artwork, and even posters for attractions that are now gone and missed. I find it really fun to just thumb thru the book and look at the different posters up close. It kind of takes me back to the parks… you know? But I also like to use the book as a kind-of catalog to help narrow down which posters I would like to get the next time I’m at the parks. Haha! Here are some that are on my list for my next trip. ūüôā

Casa de Fritos (1955), Disneyland by Bjorn Aronson (The birthplace of Doritos!)

Casa de Fritos (1955), Disneyland by Bjorn Aronson (The birthplace of Doritos!)

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (2008), Disneyland by Danny Handke

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (2008), Disneyland by Danny Handke

“it’s a small world” 1964-65 New York World’s Fair by Paul Hartley (1963)

PeopleMover (1967), Disneyland by Ken Chapman

PeopleMover (1967), Disneyland by Ken Chapman

(All the pictures in this post were taken from my personal collection or from the book.)

If you have a chance, I highly suggest getting this book if you’re a Disney Parks fan. Totally worth it! Thanks for reading!

MY Favorite Attraction at Disneyland

If you’re a big Disneyland/Walt Disney World fan like I am, you probably get asked this a lot “What is your favorite attraction (ride)?” And is it just me, or it is really hard to give that ONE answer? To be honest I could list every attraction and say its my favorite… Yes even Stitch at the Magic Kingdom! Haha!

Before I continue on… Yes, I’m that guy that will call Disney “rides” attractions. :o) And in my book, not all attractions are rides. ;o)

In this post I’m going to tell you my favorite attraction at Disneyland… for each land! (That’s one of loopholes I use to give more then just one answer. I’m sure you’ll see a few of those in this post. Haha!)

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Main Street, U.S.A

Main Street¬†itself! I love walking thru the turnstile of the park, going thru the tunnel (usually the right one), and walking on to Main Street. The music playing, the smells, the colors… It just feel like home to me!

Main Street USA

Adventureland

Growing up and taking our trips to Disneyland (almost) every summer, we’d head down Main Street and take a left to head over to Splash Mountain first… Until Indiana Jones Adventure opened! That was (is) the first attraction we hit in the morning. BUT, not my favorite in Adventureland. Don’t get me wrong, great attraction and I love it. Even have a lot of fun memories on that attraction. But my favorite attraction in Adventureland is¬†Jungle Cruise! This classic is an opening day attraction. It was based on Disney’s award winning True-Life Adventure films. When it opened, in 1955, ¬†the landscape was pretty, but from pictures I’ve seen… not much of a jungle. It also had more of a serious and education tone to it. But in the early 1960’s, with the help from Marc Davis, we have a more lighthearted and funny Jungle Cruise. And after 60 years… it really looks like a jungle now!

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And why is the Jungle Cruise one move my favorites? Well… I took my wife on Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise in Walt Disney World for the first time. And about the 2nd joke into the cruise, she turned to me and said “I know why you like this ride so much.” :o)

Frontierland

My favorite attraction in Frontierland is¬†Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. From the “Imagination” of Disney Legend Tony Baxter. This attraction took over the area where Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, Rainbow Mountain Stagecoach, Conestoga Wagon’s, and the Living Desert use to be. Construction started (at Disneyland) in 1979 and opened on Sep. 2nd 1979. (A little over a year before I was born… hmm…) One thing I found interesting about Big Thunder is that it was one of the first Disney attractions to utilize CAD (Computer-Aided Design).

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The detail of the whole attraction really helps make it my favorite attraction in Frontierland… And the fact that it’s “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness”!

New Orleans Square

This is the one of the hardest lands to pick a favorite attraction for me. New Orleans Square is probably my favorite “land”. And it houses both¬†Haunted Mansion and¬†Pirates of the Caribbean.

It is okay to have a tie?! Wait, this is my list, so yes! It’s a tie! :o)

I don’t know if its because of detail that’s on these attractions, the story telling, or the history of these attractions. I’m going to have to go with a 3-way tie on this one.

The¬†Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic. The theming is spot on! When you are on this attraction, you do not feel like you’re in Southern California. And the history of it… kind of makes me sad. Pirates was the last attraction Walt Disney himself participated in designing. It opened on March 18th, 1967, 3 months after his death. Pirates is a must do for me every day I’m at the park. And every time I ride it I think “Man, Walt never got to ride this”. Then I duck to miss the canon balls! :o) I’ll have to do a post on Pirates sometime.

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The¬†Haunted Mansion¬†has a LONG history to it. And I also can do a post at some point about the Haunted Mansion. When Walt first dreamed up Disneyland and started some of the early sketches for the park, there was always a creepy house (mansion) in the distance. It wasn’t until 1969 that this creepy mansion showed up in Disneyland. Like I said, I could do a whole post on the Haunted Mansion. And it’s usually my go-to when I HAVE to give that one “ride” answer. Heck, I have the wallpaper tattooed on my arm! And this is the Hatbox Mouse blog. :o)

Haunted-Mansion

Critter Country

Everybody has a laughing place! And for me, that just so happens to be The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh! Just kidding it’s¬†Splash Mountain! (Winnie the Pooh is a great attraction, just not my favorite in Critter Country.)

Like I said before, Splash use to be our first “ride” of the day, until Indiana Jones and the Temple of the 4 Hour Wait opened. (Heard that joke on the Jungle Cruise one time.) Based on the 1946 Disney classic (that is band in the U.S.) “Song of the South”, we follow Br’er Rabbit on his quest for adventure and his “laughing place”. All while trying to outwit old Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox. Again, from the mind of Disney Legend Tony Baxter. Construction started in 1988 and opened in 1989.

Splash-Mountain

I just really like everything about this attraction. The details, the history, the songs… And that 50 foot drop is pretty fun too! Another Disneyland attraction I’ll have to do a post on!

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is full of opening day attractions. And they are based off of some great movies. This is another land that is hard to pick just one attraction. No, I’m not going to do a 13-way tie. My favorite attraction in Fantasyland is¬†Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! I always loved watching Disney’s¬†“The Wind in the Willows”. Heck, I still like watching it! (You can find it on NetFlix.)

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It’s just a good old ride that takes you on Mr. Toad’s adventure. And the only Disney attraction that take you to HELL! (All thought, Indy gets you pretty close I think. Haha!) Anyway, opening day attraction that still holds up! And one little secret I think is pretty cool, is Mr. Toad is on the “first floor” of Toad Hall. And right upstairs, on the second floor of Toad all, is Alice in Wonderland. Once you think about it, it make total since. But the way Disney does it’s magic, it actually took me reading it somewhere before I really noticed it.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland… Man, talk about history there! Tomorrowland has been changed more then any other land in Disneyland. If you want to know more about Tomorrowland’s history, check out the¬†Sweep Spot Podcast. Hosts¬†Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman¬†do a great job covering Tomorrowland’s History in a 4 part series. Check it out!

Anyway, my favorite attraction in Tomorrowland is¬†Space Mountain! It opened in 1977. Coaster number 2 to come to Disneyland. Another ride that was dreamed up by the man (Walt Disney) that he wouldn’t get to ride. He had the idea of a space-themed coaster after the success of the Matterhorn. But do to a number of factors, the idea was put on a shelf. Until 1975 when the¬†Magic Kingdom got it.

Space-Mountain

It’s a roller coaster in the dark! What’s not to love…? (Other then the fact you get slammed around cause you have no idea which way the coaster is going to go.) Haha! Love the way it looks from the outside. And no, I have never been on it when it has stopped and the light had to come on. But I would love it if that happened!

Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey’s Toontown… when I heard it was opening in 1993, I could not wait to see it. I really liked the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”¬†and who doesn’t love cartoon. Here was a land that put YOU in a cartoon.

But my favorite attraction is¬†Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin! It’s a lot like Mr. Toad, with a different¬†spin. (See what I did there… “spin” Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon SPIN…)

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Anyway, I had heard about this as a kid and forgot about it till I read it on¬†Wikipedia. There were plans to have a “Hollywoodland” at Disneyland. But (I guess) with the success of Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Birthdayland, Disney decided to do Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland instead. Think the Roger Rabbit attraction work better in Toontown instead of Hollywoodland.

Honorable Mentions…land?

Yes, yes… one last loophole. I had a hard time placing these two attractions. First is the¬†Disneyland Railroad. The Disneyland Railroad is a classic, hands down. It circles the park and stops at 4 stations, Main Street U.S.A., New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland. I had a hard time picking which “land” to put it with… so I just did it this way.

Disneyland-Railroad

Nothing better then jumping on the train and going around the park when you’re nice a tires. And just for the record… yes, my favorite station for the Disneyland Railroad is New Orleans Square.

The other attraction that I had to mention, but I don’t know where to put it, is the¬†Matterhorn. First tubular steel coaster in the world, built in 1959. It is always fun to spot when you’re getting close to Disneyland. And another attraction with a lot of cool history.

Matterhorn

Matterhorn was built on the boarder of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. (And I like to think that with the 2 tracks on the Matterhorn, each land got one. Haha!) It wasn’t until the early 1970’s when the attraction was officially made part of Fantasyland. But because this is my list, I’m going to say it still sits on BOTH lands. And that’s way I have it with the Disneyland Railroad, as an attraction that’s in multiple lands. :o)

So there is it! My favorite attraction at Disneyland… in each land!

I actually like all the attractions! Just thought it would be fun to highlight my favorite ones in each land in Disneyland.