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Cheerful Little Earful

Everyday, people walk right up to me on the street and say, "Dude, why are you so HAPPY all the time??"
To them, I just smile and shrug.  But to YOU, I'll let you know my secret to eternal youth and happiness:

Disneyland Billboard Design 1955

Disneyland Billboard Design 1955

A fabulous concept for a freeway billboard promoting Walt Disney's new playland in Anaheim. Pastel and gouache. Artist unknown.

Note the proposed Monstro the Whale water slide attraction, and the knights dukin' it out in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle! One of the most fun pieces of original Disneyland artwork I've ever seen.

Disneyland Billboard Design 1955
Originally uploaded by Miehana

Another Hercules Parade Model, 1997


I'm not a huge fan of the movie, but working on the Disneyland parade which debuted at the time of the film's release is a fond memory.

Here is my original plastic and wood model based on Jody's concept for a float in the "Hercules Victory Parade" which ran at Disneyland in 1997.

Disneyland Characters Backstage - Early 1960s

Snow White seems to have been hanging out with the wrong crowd in those days.
Even more intriguing than the odd grouping, this photo was taken backstage in the large open area behind Main Street and Tomorrowland. You can see the bright aluminum nose of the TWA Moonliner in the background, and the brand new Administration Building on the right. Today, the rear wall of Space Mountain would be engulfing that circus tent back there.

Disneyland Characters Backstage - Early 1960s
Originally uploaded by Miehana

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