R.I.P. the crowded, kinetic, candy-colored cartoon craziness of Walt Disney World’s World of Disney store, Oct. 1996 - Feb. 2017
It was sensory overload in all the best ways, a blinking, twinkling, sparkling, hey-I-know-this-song (…and this song! …and this song!) shopping experience that was often as exhausting as it was exhilarating.
If you could inject adrenaline into retail displays, carving cartoon corners and Fantasia-inspired filigree into all of them and then lighting them up like some kind of parade float
flambé, you’d have the visual potency of maybe half of a half of one wing of this merchandise mecca.
People say ‘dated’ like it’s a bad thing, but the late 80s/early 90s were the decade of the Disney Store, and this place felt like a period-perfect recreation and celebration of that multi-million dollar licensing and merchandising age.
Plus, those slowly moving character statues were so rad.
It’s Mulan’s turn. As you might have guessed, all princesses will accept the modern appearance.
There are a couple facts about Mulan:
🔸 The only heroine in the line who is not a real princess
🔸The only one who disguises herself as a man
🔸The first princess who defeated the movie’s main villain
🔸Mulan is left-handed
Original hand-painted ‘stretching portrait’ used in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
As the elevator in the mansion descends, these portraits would ‘stretch’ to reveal their full image. However, the consistent ‘stretching’ would eventually cause some wear to the canvas, and these portraits would need to be replaced.
From 1969 to 1972, these portraits were all hand-painted, whereas later versions were printed.