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    A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork

    A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork



    Remember the Epcot original artwork series of articles i did recently? Well, the same day i was at WDW photo library during the 25th anniversary press event, i also had the good idea to ask them some material about the Disney MGM Studios - which they delivered to me after approval of WDW Imagineering. Now, with the digital era we are living in i'm not sure it will still be possible to have access to the photo library, but in those days of the end of the 90's, everybody was still using slides...

    So, here is the part one of this Disney MGM Studios celebration, with lot of original artwork, and probably many that you will see for the first time. The first one below is of course a park overview, without the Sunset Boulevard which will be added later.



    Next one is another one showing the whole park, from a different angle, and probably an early concept...



    ...just like this one, showing the soundstage and support buildings.



    This one show the Hollywood Boulevard...



    And on this one we can see a "Pooh Hollywood corner"...was the shop really built? I'm not sure, but tell me if i'm wrong...



    This next one is a bird eye view of the Indiana Jones epic stunt spectacular building.



    And this rendering show the final explosion scene.



    Now, here are some interesting renderings, as i think - once again, please correct me if my wrong - that they're showing never realised attractions. And the one below show a kind of "filming tour" where guests would have been able to look behind windows to the real shooting of a movie - just like in the animation tour you were able to watch Disney artists working.



    Here is another one, probably from the same concept.



    Does anyone know to which attraction this next one is related - it seems to be the shooting of a tv show...



    As well as this one, maybe the preshow of the one above...



    The caption on the slide for the one below is: "Sounds effects theatre"



    This one is for the Tram Tour on the New York street.



    And here are three renderings for the Catastrophe canyon scene.





    Next, is a rendering for the Honey i shrunk the kids playground.



    And here is a picture of the model, with two WDI imagineers...



    And another photo, shot during the making of the HISTK playground.



    This last rendering is also related to an attraction based on the Honey i shrunk the kids movie, and i don't remember if it was finally built or not...i think it was - or is it not? Anybody knows?



    Don't miss the part two coming soon, with a tribute to the Great Movie ride and the Chinese Theater replica!

    All artwork: copyright Disney Enterprises Inc

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    IMPORTANT NOTE: The Disneyland Paris "From sketch to reality" book is certainly one of the best Christmas gift for any Disney fan but if you wish to order one copy and need definitely to have it for Christmas i have to ask you to do it as soon as possible. Due to the shipping time who may take between 3 to 5 weeks if you want to make sure you will receive your copy on time or before Christmas the best would be to order it right now. That said, you'll find below the link to see a description of the book and all you need to know to place your order.


    If you're looking for a great christmas gift for anyone you love - including you! - the "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book with its 320 pages and 750 pictures - including 250 renderings from Walt Disney Imagineering - would be a fantastic gift for any Disney fan! I still have some copies of this hard to find book and, as i am one of the two authors of the book, each copy will be sign specially for you or anyone you wish. Of course, don't forget to tell me the name to whom you wish I dedicate the book.



    Price for one copy of the english updated edition (with the text in english) is 87 Euros + 15 euros shipping to any country. Payment can be done with Paypal or by wire transfert if you don't have a Paypal account.

    You can see some inside pages of the book on this D&M page HERE and to order the book please email me at: [email protected]

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    Re: A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork

    I remember those early days. Brings back memories.

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    Re: A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork

    Quote Originally Posted by loaloa55 View Post
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    Now, here are some interesting renderings, as i think - once again, please correct me if my wrong - that they're showing never realised attractions. And the one below show a kind of "filming tour" where guests would have been able to look behind windows to the real shooting of a movie - just like in the animation tour you were able to watch Disney artists working.



    Here is another one, probably from the same concept.

    This was a real attraction that actually happened. It was part of the studios tour that included the tram tour part. Part of the tour was a walking portion where you could look down onto TV sets and peek in on filming (a small handful of Disney Channel shows were actually filmed at the Studios park in the early days). I remember taking the tour and doing the walk-through part back in the spring of 1993.

    Does anyone know to which attraction this next one is related - it seems to be the shooting of a tv show...



    As well as this one, maybe the preshow of the one above...

    This looks like it was probably the concept art for the Superstar Television show, where they'd pick guests out of the pre-show crowd to "star" in roles of famous TV scenes via the magic of the chromakey/green/blue screen. During my visit in 1993, I got picked to be in the scene from "Cheers". I even had a speaking part. Other shows they featured were "I Love Lucy", Disneyland's opening day broadcast on the news... later they updated a bit and did scenes from shows like "Home Improvement".

    This last rendering is also related to an attraction based on the Honey i shrunk the kids movie, and i don't remember if it was finally built or not...i think it was - or is it not? Anybody knows?

    That was from the special effects portion of the studios tour (which included the tram tour and the above mentioned walking part where you peeked in on filming). They showed how the effect of riding the giant bee in "Honey In Shrunk the Kids" was done and they'd have one or 2 volunteers from the crowd come up and get to ride the bee.

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    Re: A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork

    The building that shows the Pooh Corner shop was actually built. The building is at the end of Hollywood Boulevard facing the plaza and is known as Keystone Clothiers.

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    Re: A Disney MGM Studios celebration - Part One - original artwork

    Quote Originally Posted by loaloa55 View Post

    This last rendering is also related to an attraction based on the Honey i shrunk the kids movie, and i don't remember if it was finally built or not...i think it was - or is it not? Anybody knows?




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    I actually remember this. My sister was chosen to ride the bee and I was so jealous!

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