Mary Blair's concept art for the Contemporary Resort
Grand Canyon Concourse tile mural... as a ceramic vase.
Walt Disney World turns 40 this year and Jody and I were invited to concept nostalgic collectibles for the Orlando resort's anniversary. Naturally, we adore the vintage look of WDW in all its 'seventies orange and lime-green goodness. Excited about the project, we submitted far more concepts than Disney had expected, including attraction replicas and scale models, a line of retro Tiki mugs for the Polynesian resort, and other cool stuff. Disney ultimately decided on a small assortment of "gift" items similar to things we had designed for Disneyland's 50th last year, which we think are pretty cool too. (As for those unproduced collectibles, don't cry. There's always the 50th Anniversary to look forward to, right?)
A boxed trio of mini-attraction posters silk-screened
the old fashioned way, onto sheets of tin!
In a rare departure from the way we've always created collectibles in the past, we had assistance from the Florida merchandise team in Disney's Design Group. Talented artists on their own, we'd like to give DDG a hearty round of applause for all their efforts. In particular, we want to express our warmest gratitude to Disney artist Linda Flynn who labored over the nitty-gritty details to get exactly what we wanted out of each item. Linda, you rock.
Vintage graphic "Magic Kingdom"paper cup, cast in ceramic.
The items are already beginning to be released at various locations around the Florida resort: The Tin Attraction Poster set is available right now at Downtown Disney, EPCOT Center's Art of Disney, and at the Magic Kingdom's Disneyana Shop. The other items will follow throughout the summer.
Boxed Dinnerware set illustrated with the colorful
map insert in the 1971 Preview Center Map.
Jody and I will be in Florida for the Resort's big Fortieth Anniversary shindig, with an appearance and signing event at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2011.
Note to west coast Disney fans, we've been informed that as of now, there are no plans to offer the Florida collectibles in Anaheim, but you can order these items though the Walt Disney World Guest Services Mail Order Merchandise Dept. by calling (407) 363-6200.)