These photos are from a trip backstage at the Haunted Mansion attraction.
The way that Walt Disney Imagineers created the ghost effect throughout the classic Haunted Mansion attraction is by using mirrors and reflections to create a whispy effect on the ghost figures. In reality, the ghost figures are in one room with their reflections being cast into another room causing them to appear to be able to float through tables and fly.
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1. This “Ghost” Struggles to Blow Out a Candle
2. Crowned King of the deadly dance
3. Crowd of the undead dance floor
4. Who knew that ghosts rode bicycles.
5. In the graveyard these ghosts are constantly having a swinging wake.
8. The little ones just gets to me–in a creepy way
9. Would you want this ghost to follow you home?
1o. Row upon row of hitch hiking ghosts…like the gift bag table at a petrifying party
(These photos come from Mark Correy of the Vintage Disneyland group on Facebook. Drop by and take a look at all of the awesome photos there.)
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is both the first haunted house that I ever experienced and the best quality I have experienced to date. Whether you like the Disneyland version of Walt Disney World one, there is room for one more in almost every Disney Park across the globe.
[guestpost]Tony Sherg is fantastic artist that has created his own set of Disneyland posters. Today, he highlights all of his Tomorrowland posters and over the next couple of weeks he will highlight posters from every land. Be sure to follow our Facebook page or join our newsletter to see future sets of his work. [/guestpost]
Hi there! Disneyland Minimalist artist Tony Sherg here. I have been visiting Disneyland my whole life and I am constantly enamored with the magic and beauty that the park is filled with. Some time ago, I started to create posters for my favorite Disneyland attractions and now today I run a Facebook page and website where I continue to release new designs.
Each land, area or attraction has stories, details and history attached to it which is why I’m sure both you and I keep returning to Disneyland. The artistic style of each vastly different attraction at Disneyland is something that I have really tried to explore in my artwork. I chose Tomorrowland as my first series of posters because I felt it’s overall futuristic design and artistic integrity lie heavily on angular lines and shapes much like my artwork.
Tomorrowland will always hold a special place in my heart, I have always been fascinated with what the land was, is, and could be. Walt wanted Tomorrowland to be “a vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements… a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come.”
That idea of “signifying man’s achievements” has obviously changed over the years with the innovation of the Jet Pack, our journey to the Moon & Mars, and even the creation of technologically complex films such as Star Wars. With some of the park’s most popular attractions like Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Autopia, Tomorrowland today, is a shining example of a “world of wondrous ideas”.
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I hope that you all enjoyed this series and I look forward to sharing more of my work with you soon! Remember to like both my Facebook page and the Disney Dose Facebook page to keep up with my artwork.
Hi, I’m Ray and I’m a volunteer at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. When I started working at the museum as a volunteer a little over a month ago, I didn’t know too much about it, but now after spending some time exploring every piece of the marvel, here are the ten things that I discovered.
Every morning, when I arrive at the museum, I walk through the galleries before the museum opens, so it’s really quiet and all you hear is the voice of Walt Disney, pretty much narrating his life story. But it’s such a unique and amazing experience to be in a place like the Walt Disney Family Museum alone.
So here’s the top ten things that I did not know about the Walt Disney Family Museum:
It is founded and owned by The Walt Disney Family Foundation and not the Walt Disney Company, meaning that nothing will be white washed during a presentation about the creation of different attractions or movies. The museum even includes a large exhibit discussing the strike against the Walt Disney Studios.
The museum displays a lot of rare footage of Walt Disney’s home videos with his family. Interestingly though, most of the footage is actually owned by the Walt Disney Company, because they purchased the likeness and rights to most photos of Walt Disney from the Disney family back in the 80s.
Mary Blair’s(Key Artist on It’s a Small World) art desk and hat are on display in the museum’s it’s a Small World themed lower lobby.
Original Disneyland posters are on display from attractions like “Adventure Thru Inner Space” and “Rocket to The Moon” in the lower lobby.
One of the multi-plane cameras that were originally engineered by Ub Iwerks to shorten and improve the animation process is displayed in the museum lobby.
A lot of the goodies sold in the Museum Store are exclusive to the museum and may not be found at any Disney Parks or the Disney store. So, if you are a Disney pin collector this may be the highlight of your visit. Also, the museum store has a fantastic collection of books for sale about Walt Disney and the Disney company. Luckily for you, the store also has some items for sale online.
The daughter of Walt Disney, Diane Disney Miller, occasionally visits the museum (since she runs it). I have run into her a couple of times and she is the nicest person you may ever meet.
All of Walt Disney’s personal Oscar awards are on display in the main lobby along with many of the other awards that he received throughout his lifetime. The most amazing Academy Award to see in person is the custom Snow White Award with the large figure on the top and the seven others representing the seven dwarves.
In the center of the largest gallery in the Walt Disney Family Museum, lies a large model of Disneyland. But, the model isn’t of the current Disneyland or the Disneyland of past, but the Disneyland of Walt Disney’s Imagination. Interestingly, the Sleeping Beauty Castle model was created by Walt Disney Imagineering in their model shop.
The museum shows a different classic Disney feature film every month in the Fantasia themed theatre. The theater is also home to many of the special presentations at the museum that are presented each month.
Thanks for reading. I hope that you get the chance to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum sometime soon, but until then, join our community newsletter and getting updates about the museum and every part of the Disney universe.
Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed.” That statement is still true today. When Disneyland opened, it filled 160 acres, and had one park and one hotel. Now the Disneyland Resort fills 510 acres consisting of 2,224 hotel rooms in three hotels, a shopping district, and two theme parks. It employs 20,000 cast members. Since 1955, Disneyland has grown and evolved from a single park into a world renowned resort complex. Many expansions have occurred over the last 55 years, the biggest being the addition of California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, which nearly doubled the size of the resort.
Disney built the new park across from Disneyland in the old parking lot. The new park was themed to California. Since it first opened, California Adventure has been seen as a flop, because of the lightly applied themes compared to Disneyland’s immersive experience across the promenade. Because of the $1.1 Billion that Disney has put into Disney California Adventure, the entire resort is better than ever. Not only has Disney expanded and grown Disneyland, they also have created new lands and experiences all around the world.
Disney knew that he would need help funding the development of his fantasy, Disneyland. Being the visionary he was, he looked to the next new frontier — television. He approached all three major networks with his proposal, but only ABC was willing to partner with him. Disney would produce a weekly family television program for ABC. In return, ABC would invest $500,000 in the creation of Disneyland and would own roughly 34% of the new enterprise. The weekly show would consist of an update on the construction of Disneyland and a short movie, all hosted by Walt Disney himself. Disney understood that the public would enjoy the show itself while also sitting through what would now be considered an hour-long commercial for Disneyland. The show went on to be known as “The Wonderful World of Color” and then “The Wonderful World of Disney.”
Disney also raised money for his Magic Kingdom by convincing consumer product companies that if the public encountered their brands at Disneyland, they would associate those products with the fun they had during their visit. Some of the first companies to sponsor the park were Coca Cola, Swift, Frito-Lay, Pendleton, Gibson Greeting Cards, TWA, and Eastman Kodak. The tradition of featuring outside brands in the parks continues to this day. Originally, these companies owned shares in Disneyland, but once it started to turn a profit, Disney bought those shares back, until the only owners were the Disney company and ABC. Once the Disney company acquired ABC, Disney and his management team took control over the entire park. By taking control of the park, Disney created a set of standards that are still visible throughout all of the Disney theme parks today.
It seems like every Disney website on the web already has pictures of Carsland posted, but none of them seem to have a really thorough look at the details in the land. That is what we will provide today.
Radiator Springs: Gateway to Ornament Valley Sign
The cool sign shown above sits at the entrance to the land, just as one of these signs would sit at the edge of a town. Look closer and see the changing population amount, knights of combustion, and the Loyal Order of the Lugnuts.
Farther down the street you see the famous HERE IT IS sign.
Above the doctor’s office in Radiator Springs, you can see this great sign. The wrench is a very cool addition, to “carify” even the smallest detail of Carsland.
Now here are some of the details from Radiator Springs Racers.
Above is the classic ride sign, that tells you all of the needed information. In this case the sign is for Radiator Springs Racers.
Above is the not so famous Radiator Spring. So the story goes Stanley, the towns founder discovered this spring and built Radiator Springs around it. If you want to see this spring for yourself take a ride on Radiator Springs Racers and take a jaunt through the queue.
Above is the menu for Flo’s V8 Cafe. It is really cool looking and evokes the feeling of a Juke box and old fashioned car.
What do you think of the details in Carsland? I love the look of Flo’s V8 and wish to eat there.
Here is a teaser for our next post about the neon lights in Carsland.
D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which encompasses more than 500 historic artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on July 6, continuing through April 2013.
Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives, at 12,000 square feet. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces, and artwork from throughout Disney history.
“Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney were longtime friends, two optimists who shared an unwavering belief in the essential goodness of the American way of life,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re proud to partner with the Reagan Library and the National Archives to showcase Disney’s rich entertainment legacy. This extraordinary exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented look into Disney’s history and celebrate the connection between these two American originals.”
Among the extraordinary items to be featured are:
The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s film debut in 1928’s Steamboat Willie
A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., including original furnishings and many of his personal items
Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and Sleeping Beauty
Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland Bedknobs and Broomsticks and more
Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure and Captain America
Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 U.S. Presidents that were created for Audio-Animatronics® figures seen in the The Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, memorabilia and authentic attraction vehicles
The exhibition also pays tribute to the long personal friendship and professional collaboration between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, which began many years before President Reagan’s political career.
On July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was one of the co-hosts of ABC Network’s live coverage of the opening of Disneyland, and as governor of California, he frequently visited Disney’s first theme park. After leaving the Oval Office, one of his first public events was a return to Disneyland, where he officiated at the park’s January 1990 35th-anniversary celebration, proclaiming it “one of America’s national treasures.”
“Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan shared a passion for America, a belief in the human spirit, and an innate optimism that, in both men, galvanized the public,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “President Reagan was a great admirer of Walt Disney, and we are tremendously proud to host this wonderful exhibition of Disney treasures, and to honor the bond between Walt and President Reagan.”
For exhibit hours and additional information, visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum online at www.reaganlibrary.com, or www.Disney.com/D23. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Through April 2013, when the exhibition is scheduled to end, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club also save $2 on every adult admission.
“At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest special exhibit the Reagan Library has ever put on,” said Duke Blackwood, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “It is a testament to the relationship between Walt Disney and our nation’s presidents, as well as the story of Disney, itself. The Reagan Library and National Archives are honored to host this extraordinary exhibit.”
The Ronald Reagan Library & Museum is located in Simi Valley, Calif., about 60 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles and approximately two hours north of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
A treasured piece of Disneyana will disappear from Disneyland on April 30th at the end of this month. Disney will be closing Carnation Garden’s the location that is filled with music of all sorts, and is considered the bandstand of Disneyland.
The colorful outdoor area right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle has had swing dancing parties call it home since the time that Walt ran the park, in fact the area was one of Walt’s favorite in the park.
But that will all change soon because Disney has annonced the new Fantasy Faire “an enchanting village square that will immerse guests in the stories of their favorite princesses.” The new area is an update to the existing princess area located to the left of “it’s a Small World.”
When the Fanstasy Faire built next to “it’s a Small World” opened it contained not only a great place to for park guests to meet princesses but also a large theater that hosted a live show. The show was similar to “Beauty and Beast-Live on Stage” telling the tale of Snow White, but was much better.
Once the Snow White show was closed, the Fantasy Faire became a place that was only fun for the girls, and took hours to meet the princesses. With the new are Disney will try to avoid the issue of waiting in line for upwards of an hour.
Disney has released some concept art showing off the new area, and it’s amenities.
While Disney is taking away the classic look and feel of Carnation Garden’s there is one tradition that Walt Disney Imagineering knew they couldn’t break, and that is night time dancing. But during the day it still must tie in somehow so it is “where the tales of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines will be brought to life each day.”
In Tangled Tower and Royal Princess Hall guests will have plenty of “ample” time to greet the Disney princesses.
Many Disney fans have been sending around the picture below, and others like it showing Walt Disney, and early park guests enjoying Carnation Gardens.
Disney has also announced the final dates of the popular series hosted in Carnation Gardens, Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party.
The Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party will continue to go on in Carnation Gardens until the closing of the area on April 30th.
April 14 – featuring Doc Anello & the Swing Machine
April 21 – featuring Stompy Jones
April 28 – featuring Swingtown
While the party is ending at Carnation Gardens, Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party will continue to go on over at the Westside Stage in Downtown Disney.
Make sure to head to Carnation Gardens one last time to get your picture taken infront of the iconic sign, or just to dance the night away one last time.
What do you think of the new experience? Will you miss Carnation Gardens? Did you ever attend the night time shows? What will happen to Disney Performing Arts, the school bands that performed there? Did Disneyland lose one of it’s most iconic lands?
Some called him the painter of light, others just called him a good painter. Artist Thomas Kinkade passed away at 54 in his home in California. His works include many Disney and Disney Parks related works. His family says that he died of natural causes.
“Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,” his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. “We are shocked and saddened by his death.”
Some of his work for Disney.
“It’s a Small World After All”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room,” “Feed the Birds,” “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” and “Lets Get Together,” may not all come to mind when you here the name Robert Sherman, but they are all a product of his genius. Robert, and Richard Sherman were a songwriting team that worked for the Walt Disney company for 13 years (’60-’73).
On the Set of Mary Poppins.
Over the time period that the duo worked for the studio they wrote over 200 for Disney’s parks, TV shows, and movies. For their efforts they received 4 Academy Awards nominations.
Since 2002 Robert Sherman has lived in England, but he still continued to write songs with his brother, and recently wrote “Make Way For Tomorrow Today,” for the movie “Iron Man 2,” a song reflecting the Carousel of Progress.
The brothers have been given a window on Main Street in Disneyland honoring their amazing contributions to the company.
The news of Robert’s death was posted on his son’s Facebook Wall along with the message.
“Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.”
Production began last week on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”
Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.
“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” is written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Eric Ellenbogen and Eric McLeod.
Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are joined by a remarkable team of behind-the-scenes artists, including director of photography Bojan Bazelli (Verbinski’s “The Ring,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”); visual consultant Mark “Crash” McCreery (production designer of Verbinski’s “Rango); costume designer Penny Rose (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films); film editor James Haygood (“Panic Room,” “Fight Club”); visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander (“Rango,” three “Harry Potter” films); Academy Award®-winning special effects supervisor John Frazier, a 10-time nominee whose previous collaborations with Jerry Bruckheimer have included “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and, with Verbinski as well, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”; and stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”).
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Gore Verbinski has enjoyed tremendous box office success as the innovative director of both character-driven franchises and thoughtful genre-bending fare. Most recently, Verbinski released his first animated film, the smash hit “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp. Grossing over $240 million worldwide, the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated FeatureFilm, as well as BAFTA and Annie awards, and received Golden Globe® and PGAnominations. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The films have collectively grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide since release. He made his directorial debut with “Mouse Hunt,” starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie “The Mexican,” starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. He also directed the smash horror film “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts.
Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director, having been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots. In addition, he directed music videos for bands including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.
First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the industry, but mass culture as well. Bruckheimer’s films include (producing with Don Simpson) “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Bad Boys,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Rock,” and (producing solo) “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Bad Boys II,” “Veronica Guerin,” “King Arthur,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and the 2011 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
On television, Bruckheimer had an unprecedented 10 television series airing in the 2005-6 season, a record in the medium for an individual producer. JBTV’s series include “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spinoffs “C.S.I.: Miami,” “C.S.I.: NY” and “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case” and the eight-time Emmy® Award-winner “The Amazing Race.”
Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television have been honored with 41 Academy Award® nominations, six wins, eight GRAMMY® Award nominations, five wins, 23 Golden Globe® nominations, four wins, 105 Emmy® Award nominations, 21 wins, 30 People’s Choice nominations, 15 wins, numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade for “Beverly Hills Cop.”
“The Lone Ranger” will film exteriors and studio work in New Mexico, followed by locations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
It is a nice day in the Disney Parks, and you want to go ride some attractions, but when you get to the attraction you see that there is a very long line to ride it. That is okay, because if you have a Disney park ticket then you have access to a FastPass.
What is a FastPass?
A fast pass is a way to cut the lines of some of Disneyland’s best attractions.
How do you get a FastPass?
You get a Fast Pass by taking your tickets to a FastPass machine located outside of the attraction that you want the pass for. There is a little slot in the box were you stick your ticket and hold it there until a little green light turns on and out pops a FastPass. Continue reading →
While many people have complained about the construction walls in California Adventure, I think that they are a nice temporary addition to the park. Obviously I don’t mean that I like having California Adventure split up and cluttered by construction walls, I even call the park Construction Wall Adventure. What I mean is that the artwork that cover the walls is awesome.
For example if Carsland had opened with California Adventure we wouldn’t get to see all this amazing art that otherwise would have been tucked away in a private archive somewhere. Some of this art has begun to become available for purchase at Off the Page and World of Disney. You can read our recent post about the poster announcement here.
Enjoy our Construction Wall Adventure Gallery.
See more Carsland Photos and overall concept photos on the walls below the jump. Continue reading →
Kodak officially filed for bankruptcy today to restructure their debts. Luckily Kodak has been given some money to continue operation until they have their act together, which means they probably will continue their sponsorship of Disney’s maps, and photo spots.