I had a wonderful time at Disneyland today, including my first look at the Matterhorn since the new Abominable Snowman was unveiled. The more mobile figure is a definite upgrade to one of my favorite rides at the park.
I especially enjoyed visiting the new Disney Gallery exhibit, Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years.
The exhibit celebrates the work of five studio artists who played major roles in designing Disneyland: Harper Goff (Adventureland), Sam McKim (Frontierland), John Hench (Tomorrowland), Bill Martin (Fantasyland), and Harry Johnson (Main Street, U.S.A.).
Here's part of the tribute to Sam McKim, a very successful child actor turned Disney artist:
Sam's design of the Golden Horseshoe saloon, which was also on display five years ago in a 55th anniversary exhibit, was inspired by the set design for the Doris Day film CALAMITY JANE (1953):
Two different looks at Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island:
This was my favorite thing in the exhibit, a design of the Casa de Fritos restaurant in Frontierland. I worked at Casa de Fritos (later called Casa Mexicana) when I was in college, and it's where I met my husband:
I loved these layouts for the Peter Pan (top) and Alice in Wonderland (bottom) rides by Bill Martin:
And here's an exterior of Peter Pan's Flight:
A John Hench design for Tomorrowland:
Harper Goff's sketches of the Jungle Cruise ride in Adventureland:
And one of Harry Johnson's designs for a shop on Main Street, U.S.A.:
There's much, much more to see in this wonderful exhibit, which I highly recommend visiting.
For more on Drawing Disneyland: The Early Years, please visit the photo post at Dateline Disneyland.