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Wednesday
Jul042012

Remembering America Sings on the 4th of July

As we celebrate the 4th of July, let's look back and remember America Sings. America Sings was Disneyland attraction inspired by the upcoming United States Bicentennial in 1976. It originally opened on June 29, 1974 replacing the General Electric sponsored Carousel of Progress. The quirky concept art for America Sings was created by Disney Legend Marc Davis, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. These drawings were published in the summer 1974 issue of Disneyland Vacationland magazine.

Thanks to scottof83 on YouTube for the following videos! His father taped the America Sings farewell performance in 1988. After America Sings closed most of the audio-animatronics were used in Splash Mountain which opened a year later on July 17, 1989.

Ten years later Carousel Theater welcomed Innoventions, an attraction featuring the inventions of tomorrow. The Carousel Theater inner hallway mural currently includes a Sam & Ollie hidden Disney detail, a nod to America Sings.

Friday
Jun082012

Cars Land: From Concept to Reality

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Changes are coming with the much anticipated opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure just around the corner! This weekend, June 8, 9 and 10, thousands of Disney fanatics will attend special Cars Land previews for Annual Passholders and D23 Members. Disney•Pixar fans will get to rub fenders with their favorite characters from the animated films, Cars and Cars 2.

Originally announced in October of 2007, here's a quick look at Cars Land from official concept drawings to photos of the completed Radiator Springs to be officially unveiled on June 15, 2012.

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Friday
Oct212011

Google Doodle Celebrates Mary Blair

Google honors celebrated Disney artist Mary Blair with a stylized "Google Doodle" on what would be her 100th birthday.

Mary Blair was born in Oklahoma on October 21, 1911. She is well known for her colorful style and simple shapes and patterns. Her concept art inspired the animation used in several Disney animated features including Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan.

Alice In Wonderland concept art

Cinderalla concept art

Peter Pan concept art

Enamored with Blair's quirky artistic style, Walt Disney recruited her to design "it's a small world" for the 1964 New York World's Fair. In 1966, the successful attraction debuted at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.

"it's a small world" Mary Blair tribute doll