Poster Art of the Disney Parks Hardcover
Written by Daniel Handke and Vanessa Hunt
Release Date: September 11, 2012
These images summon us to enter the Disney theme parks, prompting us to come up with fantastical ideas of what they hold in store. The poster art found at the entrances of Disney’s Magic Kingdom-style parks, as well as at Disney’s many other theme parks and destinations, are sometimes as fascinating to visually digest as the attractions are to experience. I know I felt that way as a child, always attracted to the visual majesty of such simple teasers. Apparently many others felt that way, too. As Disney Legend and renowned Imagineer Tony Baxter writes, that artwork remained in his mind in anticipation of entering Disneyland.
The 2012 book Poster Art of the Disney Parks possesses glossy, gorgeous visuals of tons of attractions (up to the release of the title), as well as some helpful commentary on their development and symbolism.
The best remedy to cure withdrawals from being away from the Disney theme parks? Watch videos of other folks in the parks! More specifically, clips of guests interacting with Disney characters bring smiles and excitement to those who watch thinking about the possibility of meeting that famous personality the next time they visit a Disney destination.
Thousands upon thousands of them circulate the Internet, and here are 11 Great Disney Character Interaction Videos, featuring all of the things we clamor over: little kids, animals, humor, and love.
Play the music and light the lights. The emergence of more Marvel and Muppets in the Disney theme parks is enough to make the future look very bright! Disney must balance so many properties these days that there is only enough slots during the yearly theatrical schedule to place movies. A few are reserved for “Disney proper,” whereas others must account for Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.
Likewise, many of the Disney theme parks’ newest offerings are not “originals,” but rather come from preexisting brands. Two Disney brands gaining more exposure in the parks come from arenas that have been relatively absent in Disney parks: Marvel and the Muppets.
Disneyland has been experiencing some changes in the past few months and all of it will be leading up to the highly anticipated opening of the theme park’s expansion called The Star Wars Experience. And now, Disney has released new concept art of what we can expect to see in the latest addition to Disneyland.
This week Disney announced that Tom Staggs, chief operating officer of The Walt Disney Company, would be stepping down from his pivotal role. Disney sees major players change jobs within the organization all the time – sometimes even switching key positions entirely – but this exit is monumental.
Staggs had been viewed as the probable successor to CEO Bob Iger, to retire from the Mouse House’s top spot in 2018. What Staggs’ departure from Disney means for the company requires examination.