Imagineering the Magic Kingdom Concept Art Part Two

October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Vacation Kingdom has seen a lot of changes over the past four decades and the editorial staff at Imaginerding wants to celebrate the unique and rich history of the resort with a series of posts. 

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When I reviewed the two-disc DVD Magic Kingdom: Imagineering the Magic, I mentioned the Imagineering Art Gallery on the second disc. There are 42 images, in all, and I wanted to share some of my favorite shots. A few of them have been featured in the Art of Walt Disney World by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. Some of them I had not seen before.

I would attribute a few of these to Dorothea Redmond. Any ideas?

You can see the post with other images here.

A great shot of Frontierland. It is hard to see, but it does say “BEAR BAND” on the marquee.


A view of the riverfront, pre-Splash Mountain. Notice the Frontierland Station and a town square with a flag pole.


A fairly uncluttered view of Tom Sawyer Island. Strange to see it without Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looming over it.


A gorgeous rendering of the chalet for the Skyway to Tomorrowland. I do believe that the lady is eating an ice cream and the gentleman has his camera ready.


A futuristic view of Tomorrowland. A covered Peoplemover and water. What else do you need to proclaim the future! Based on the separate exits and entrance, I assume that this is a design for a Circle Vision building. Any thoughts?

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