16 November 2010

Visual focal point

Perhaps the most recognized piece of pre-Walt Disney World artwork is this painting of Cinderella Castle. Crafted by Herbert Ryman in 1969, this image would be presented on postcards available at the preview center and, much later, as the cover of The Art of Walt Disney World Resort. Both of the forms previously mentioned were in brilliant color, but the nuances provided by this black and white rendition almost make the prospect of visiting the Magic Kingdom more tantalizing. This black and white edition was sent to newspapers in May of 1969 with the following blurb:
CINDERELLA’S CASTLE… will be the visual focal point for Walt Disney World’s theme park. Twice as high as the castle at California’s Disneyland, it may be seen by guests staying at the “Vacation Kingdom’s” nearby resort hotels. Medieval d├ęcor will highlight a sit down restaurant, which overlooks the theme park from the second level of the castle.


Connie Moreno said...


Unknown said...

One archival quality, mounted and framed litho of that for me please?

I think it would look quite nice up on the wall next to the ephemera I've got from a 1974 family trip to The Poly. I was 9 at the time, but thank the Tiki Gods my mom is a packrat/scrapbooker.

Heck, I'd even move my collection of stuff from my 1982 trip to EPCOT for one of these castle drawings.

Who do I Paypal for one?