7 august 2007

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Dorothea Redmond’s concept art for a proposed ‘Royal Suite’ in New Orleans Square, Disneyland.

According to Wikipedia, in the early 1960s, during the construction of New Orleans Square, Walt Disney decided he needed a bigger facility for entertaining VIPs that came to the park. He already had an apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street, U.S.A., but it was too small to host elaborate events. Walt decided to build a ‘Disney family suite’ in New Orleans Square, set back from the hustle and bustle of the park.

Disney brought in set designer – and future Imagineer – Dorothea Redmond, famous for creating the sets in Gone with the Wind, to help him with the suite’s layout. To furnish and decorate the area, he left his wife Lilly and Walt Disney Studio set decorator Emile Kuri to collaborate as they had on other projects (Club 33, the Firehouse Apartment, etc.). The project was christened ‘The Royal Suite,’ inspired by its location off New Orleans Square’s Royal Street.

After Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, many projects at Walt Disney Productions were put on hold or abandoned. At the request of his brother Roy, who felt the family would not enjoy The Royal Suite with Walt gone, the project was quietly set aside. It was fairly close to completion at the time of Disney’s death, including infrastructure and plumbing.

Twenty years later, the space was re-purposed to house The Disney Gallery. The Disney Gallery remained open from July 11, 1987 to August 7, 2007. Then, on October 1, 2006, ‘The Disneyland Dream Suite’ opened in the space as part of the ‘Year of a Million Dreams’ promotion that ran through December 31, 2008. It may have taken 40 years, but Walt’s dream for the suite was finally realized!

Artwork via: Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance

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Jonas Brothers is the self-titled second studio album and the international debut album released by the Jonas Brothers. The album was released on August 7, 2007. The album was the first to be released using CDVU+ technology. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in its first week.

SINGLES : 

  •  “Hold On” 
  •  “SOS” 
  •  “When You Look Me in the Eyes”