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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! ) 🙂

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. 🙂

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!

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WHAT TIME IS IT!?!?

A little more about me… As I said before, I’m a big Disney nut! But I’m also into technology/gadgets. (I have my dad to thank for that.) My dad always had a new toy (gadget) that he would be playing with. A lot of them were cool! And well, like I said, I got that bug from him! But now’a days it’s more smartphones and apps… Last year my wife (girlfriend at the time) gave me an early (2 months early) birthday gift, money to go out and get a smartwatch. (I don’t know if she did it cause she knew how much I wanted one, or if she did it just to shut me up about them!  Haha!) Anyway, I went out and got one. I didn’t get the one that JUST came out (Moto 360), but instead I got the older model (G Watch by LG). I wanted to make sure that I would actually start wearing a watch again before I bought the more expensive watch. Well, now I feel weird NOT wearing a watch again! I’ve had this watch now sense September 2014.

So what does “getting a smartwatch” have to do with Disney!? Well, when you take a smartwatch (example: my G Watch) and add a Disney nut (me). Then add a very cool watch face making app (Facer), you can come up with some really cool watch faces! (Now yes, you can do WAY more with a smartwatch then just change the face and tell time. But this isn’t a smartwatch blog… It’s a Disney blog! 🙂 )

Facer is an app that I found that allows you to make your own watch face, and it really easy to use. Just a couple of mathematical equations and code (all explained in the app and very easy to use) and you have your own custom watch face. You can download faces that someone has already made at Facerepo.com. Some Disney some not! But a lot of great stuff!

My 4 year old niece loves to see who I have on my watch each time she see’s me. Some days I will have Mickey Mouse:

Mickey Mouse (I didn’t make this one… I got it from a developer off the XDA app)

Sometimes it’s Donald Duck:

Donald (This one is my own, made using Facer. Both of his hands swing around. I can have them go with hours/minutes, seconds… whatever code I put in there.)

Sometimes is Goofy:

Goofy (I didn’t make this one. Got it off the Facer share site. His hand run backwards… Cause he’s Goofy!)

Or Olaf:

Olaf (I made this one. There is a bee that flies by, just not pictured.)

Sometimes its Lumiere and Cogsworth:

Cogsworth (Made this one also. Cogworth’s face tell the actual time and his pendulum swings.)

Sometimes it’s Ralph:

Ralph (One of the newest ones I’ve made. His hand move up and down cause he’s “Gonna Wreck It!”)

And when it’s Halloween season, it’s the Haunted Mansion:

Haunted Mansion (I made this one (one of my firsts), but there is some like it on the share site. Just like the attraction, a shadowy hand moves across the face.)

And sometime… it just my logo:

HatboxMouse (Made this one. Thought it would look cool on my watch as I was making up my logo. The “mouse hand” swings the hatbox back and forth.)

Being 4, my niece like them, but wants more!!! So far her requests are: DaisyMinnie, and Spiderman! I am currently working on those. But, because I can be a kid myself sometimes, I thought I would also try out: The White Rabbit, Willie the Giant, Oswald… The list goes on! 🙂

So there we go! Started with smartwatches, but brought it right back to Disney! Haha! Making these (and finding them) is just another little hobby/collection of mine. I do it just for the fun and love of Disney… And its a really fun gadget!