June 20, 2013

Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom

Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom - Fun Facts

1 - The Partners Statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. A former Disney animator and Imagineer, Blaine took one year to create the sculpture and based his depiction of Walt on a bust he originally created in the 1960s.

2 - When considering having Mickey hold Walt’s hand, Blaine consulted footage from the film “Fantasia,” in which Mickey shakes the hand of orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski.

3 - One early sketch of the Partners Statue featured Mickey holding an ice cream cone in one hand.

4 - When choosing an expression for Walt’s face, Blaine tried to reflect Walt’s goal of making people happy. The statue’s expression is Blaine’s interpretation of Walt watching happy people enjoy the park.

5 - The initials on Walt’s tie are “STR,” and stand for “Smoke Tree Ranch,” an area in Palm Springs where Walt once owned a vacation home.

June 18, 2013

Ub Iwerks Window - Stereoscopic Cameras

High atop one of the shops here on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park, one window is dedicated to one of Walt Disney’s first animators – Ub Iwerks, whose credits include animation on Walt Disney’s earliest shorts, Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie.

June 11, 2013

World Showcase at night

June 10, 2013

Sorcerer Mickey in the Snow

June 9, 2013

Disneyland's Court des Anges by Michaela Hansen

June 8, 2013

June 7, 2013

The Amazing Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom

June 6, 2013

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Hong Kong Disneyland

June 5, 2013

A Romantic Sleeping Beauty Castle

June 4, 2013

Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Morning

June 2, 2013

Fantasyland after the Rain

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