Sunday, September 17, 2017

The "Nightmare Before Christmas" Attraction That Never Was



As the Halloween season has started in Disney Parks i repost this D&M article posted ten years ago, and all of you who are fans of the "Nightmare Before Christmas" movie are going to love this unrealized attraction concept by Christopher Merritt.

Christopher is a theme park designer who worked previously as an Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering. This "Nightmare Before Christmas" attraction concept  was not done during his time at WDI but was part of his student portfolio back in 1996. Not only we can see how a great attraction it would have been if it had been built, but the coffin ride vehicle concept would have been a lot of fun too.

Editing: I just learned that Chris is back at WDI and apparently worked on Shanghaî Disneyland! Sincere apologies to Christopher Merritt, i didn't knew that he was back at Imagineering.

One of the detailed illustrations shows the design of the whole interior show, done in the traditional "fun map" style.











Attraction concept and artwork is by Christopher Merritt - Nightmare Before Christmas characters: copyright Disney.

3 comments:

Matthew said...

Christopher is currently employed at Walt Disney Imagineering. He was the Art Director for Shanghai Disneyland's Mickey Avenue and is doing some great work on a Tokyo Disneyland project (among other things!).

Always your pal,
Amazon Belle

Anonymous said...

Believe me or not but he is actually my dad. And the reason that this ride was never done when he got into Disney was becuase people around immagineering said that Nightmare Before Christmas wasn't a good enough movie. So sadly something like this wasn't done. However my dad still would love to do a ride like this. (He's especially proud of his water fountain that's a guillotine)

Hamza said...


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Happy Christmas Greetings