Just as a technological through-line can be traced from Great Moment with Mr. Lincoln to The Hall of Presidents to The American Adventure, so too the artwork of so many named and unnamed artists can be seen woven throughout the three attractions.
Fans of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress show their devotion not only by quoting its most memorable lines, but also in their knowledge of its visual elements. Whether it is that somewhat creepy jack-o-lantern in the 1940s scene or the presence of a disappearing daughter from the turn-of-the-century scene, details both small and large do not go unnoticed.
I have been visiting Walt Disney World for over thirty years. The question of where I would like to vacation each year was not multiple choice; it only ever had one answer. That is until…
The Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom is so much more than a glorified Meet and Greet location. It is a trip backstage, a peek behind the curtain, a VIP visit to the main mouse’s dressing room, and as such, this elevated experience treats observant visitors to a number of callbacks, gags, inside jokes, and Easter eggs.
Throughout its 52-year history, Frontierland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has seen a number of additions that have drastically altered its original footprint….Amidst these high profile goings-on, it can be easy to miss the small things, but Frontierland is undeniably filled with fantastic Easter eggs and references.
When guests visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios they are treated to a visual history of Los Angeles and its architecture as they pass down both Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Combinations of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Mission Revival, and Programmatic Architecture line the paths and serve as both shops and dining locations.
When designing the Germany Pavilion for EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Imagineers hoped to recreate the feeling of the German platz or plaza. As such, the facades of the shops and dining locations surrounding the central fountain depicting St. George and the Dragon, allude to architecture found in Frankfurt and Rothenburg, in addition to the obvious reference to the Freiburg Kaufhaus in the façade on the right side of the pavilion.
The Norway Pavilion in World Showcase was intended to be a representation of the real nation of Norway, so when Imagineers were tasked with incorporating an imaginary kingdom, they did so with a faithfulness to the real-world location it would sit amidst.
Soon, the style was present across the country in the form of diners, gas stations, train terminals, and commercial buildings, but perhaps one of the most famous examples of Streamline Moderne was built in 1935 at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
When it was decided that Italy would serve as inspiration for one of the World Showcase pavilions in Epcot at Walt Disney World, the architecture of Venice was chosen to be featured at the forefront of the pavilion.