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A complete Christmas Kingdom by Trevor Aydelotte

Things that are better than love:

The history of Disney parks attractions

Extinct Disney attractions

Disney dark rides but with the lights on

Reciting Disney attraction spiels

Disney attractions

Disney parks

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Good News/Bad News: The Last 2D Animators at Disney are Doing Projection Mapping for Walt Disney World

The Good News: Legendary Disney animators Mark Henn (Tiana, Jasmine, etc.), Eric Goldberg (Genie, Phil, etc.), and Randy Haycock (adult Simba , young Hercules, etc.), are animating characters from Aladdin, The Little MermaidMoana, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, etc. USING THE CLASSIC, HAND-DRAWN METHOD for an upcoming Walt Disney World show, Happily Ever After, scheduled to debut May 12.

Besides the usual fireworks and pyrotechnics, Happily Ever After will feature the now de rigueur projection mapping on Cinderella’s Castle – only it will be done in glorious hand-drawn animation! What a wonderful way to keep kids aware of this now pretty-much-extinct Disney tradition!

The Bad News: Disney is wasting these legends on temporary theme park shows, when they could be using them to train a brand new generation of animators in the fine art of hand-drawn animation! Traditions like this MUST be passed down from one generation to the next, or else the intricacies and subtleties of the art form will be lost. Textbooks and video tutorials can only capture a fraction of the knowledge that these ‘old Masters’ have to share. It would be a shame if this knowledge died with them.

GIFs: Tiana animated by Mark Henn, Ursula animated by Eric Goldberg, Aladdin + Jafar animated by Randy Haycock 

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That time stitch got hold of Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney world 2004.

That time Disneyland Paris celebrated thier 5th Anniversary by adding a Hunchback theme to the castle back in 1997

That time Disney World launched thier happiest celebration on earth in 2005 as a tribute to Disneyland California being open for 50 years!

That time Disney World celebrated thier 25th anniversary with a gigantic cake in 1996!

And most subtle but most impressive, that time in 2015 that Disneyland California announced they were lacing the castle with diamonds for the most expensive and elegant castle yet for the big 60!

Remember, we must always believe in our wishes, for they are the magic in the world. Now, let’s all put our hearts together, and make a wish come true.

My tribute to Wishes, 2 weeks before its last show on May 11, 2017. This show means the world to me, and I had to bid farewell in a proper way. Thank you, Wishes, for all the magic, the laughter and the tears, and for teaching me to do as dreamers do. May all your wishes come true!

This design is available in my shops here and here as shirts, phone cases, prints and more. 

If you purchase anything of this piece from my shops and take it with you to the parks, PLEASE send me pictures!! I’d love to see!