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Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend D23’s Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel. I listened to a fascinating presentation, “Animating the Disney Parks,” featuring Eddie Sotto and Imagineers Tony Baxter and Tom Morris. Each Imagineer shared the story of how legendary Disney animators and artists became the first Imagineers during the early development of Disneyland and then the Walt Disney World Resort.

Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Tony Baxter, Walt Disney Imagineering senior vice president of creative development, got the discussion started with the story of his mentor, Claude Coats. Originally in 1935 as a background painter, Coats created the worlds of “Pinocchio,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Lady and the Tramp.” His backgrounds created a sense of place, Baxter said, much like WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) would do in theme parks.

When Walt Disney was creating Disneyland, the talents of his animators were needed for this new medium. As Baxter recalled, Coats’ experience working on “Lady and the Tramp,” especially, gave him the inspiration to look at the world from an altered perspective – inspiration that would later lead to real-life experiences like Storybook Land Canal Boats and Adventure Thru Inner Space.

“Disneyland defined the ability to take you out of the world you live in,” Baxter said.

scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean

Coats was trained in architecture, Baxter said, which gave credibility to the environments he created. When the scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean were being developed, it was Coats who had the idea to paint the ceiling black, creating the illusion of a night sky and making the ceiling disappear – giving guests the sense of being outside at night.

Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad

You can see Coats’ background painting talents for yourself today in the Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad.

Check back for more from “Animating the Disney Parks” – next time, we’ll focus on another master of creating a sense of place, Herb Ryman.

A Sight Unseen: The Night Stars at Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

Mickey Mouse Disney Castaway Cay at Night

Ever wondered what Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, looks like at night? Mickey, Goofy and Disney Parks Blog Author Jonathan Frontado decided to embark on a photo expedition for a glimpse of a sight unseen by most: the night stars at Castaway Cay.

We were awestruck by the number of stars visible in the brilliant night sky. Take a look for yourself…

Mickey and Goofy Castaway Cay at Night

Castaway Cay at Night

Sight Unseen - Disney's Castaway Cay at Night

Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage on Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon

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pirate cruise disneyAhoy me hearties, ye be setting sail for fun and adventure with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee on this adventure.

Departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, mateys receive a true buccaneer’s welcome as they chow down on hearty pirate grub and grog before setting sail on an unforgettable moonlight voyage around Seven Seas Lagoon.

Play Disney trivia games, sing songs and sea chanteys and savor “Wishes” fireworks lighting the night sky above Cinderella Castle in front of the Magic Kingdom. On the sail home, your pirate hosts enchant you with the tale of Peter Pan, plus more trivia questions and special prizes. Once tied up, the voyage concludes with a visit from a very special guest. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is scheduled Fridays through Mondays. Cost is $53.99 adults, $30.99 children ages 3-9.

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Dates Announced for the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom

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The headless horseman romps down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard his steed, ghostly apparitions flit among the buildings of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle is draped in eerie hues and the night sky is painted with bursts of orange and green fireworks during this popular after-hours event on 23 select autumn evenings between September 13th and November 1st, 2011.

This special-ticket Walt Disney World event features trick-or-treating throughout the park, “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular, “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” – including Disney characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction – and the opportunity to experience popular attractions with little to no wait.

2011 MNSSHP Dates
September: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October: 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
November: 1

Prices range from $53.95 to $67.95 for adults and $47.95 to $62.95 for kids ages 3-9.

 

 

 

 

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