Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Disneyland's New Orleans Square Original Artwork

The artwork topic of this week is a special Disneyland's New Orleans Square artwork. The renderings below were done by great WDI artists such as Sam Mc Kim, Herb Ryman or Dorothea Redmond. As usual don't forget to click on each image to enjoy them in big size!

This first painting above - by Herb Ryman - was the first detailed visualization of New Orleans Square. The masts of sailing ships, seen over the rooftops are not at Disneyland, but add an authentic touch to the painting. Many of Ryman's renderings for New Orleans Square are peopled with the sister of charity, who were a common sight in 19th century New Orleans.

The next one, also from Herb Ryman, depicts an early concept for the Royal Courtyard, located adjacent to the One-of-a-kind shop. Stairs from this courtyard lead to a suite planned for the Disney family, which became the Disney Gallery before it was transformed in the Disneyland Dream Suite.

This next rendering show the french quarter of New Orleans Square.

This painting below show the "Cristal d'Orleans" shop. Its elegance recalls the film "Gone with the wind". Interior designer Dorothea Redmond who did this painting worked on the 1939 classic.

This next painting, also by Dorothea Redmond, show the Walt Disney Suite project. Imagineers took part of their inspiration from this artwork when they've designed the Disneyland Dream Suite last year.

This last and famous painting from Sam Mc Kim was a design for an eerie "Haunted Mansion" and was based on an actual antebellum home. Walt Disney who didn't want anything so run-down looking in Disneyland remarked "We'll take care of the outside, let the ghosts take care of the inside.

All Artwork: copyright Disney Enterprises Inc.


The Viewliner Limited said...

Absolutely fanastic pictures and artwork.

kaicito said...

love all the artwork, but especially Herb Ryman's. There's a great art book out there titled "A Brush With Disney", featuring tons of Herb Ryman art, Disney and non-Disney.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the masts can be seen above the roofs of New Orleans Square at Disneyland. They are mentioned in several websites and forums, such as http://www.burnsland.com/tgd/new_orleans_square.html

Westcot2000 said...

The masts were actually added circa 1992 to hide sky lights.