The Walt Disney World Resort is constantly being updated and changed. Sometimes, these changes can leave us questioning Disney’s decisions, but others often pleasantly surprise us. This week, guests visiting Walt Disney World were given extra magic at one Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Each Walt Disney World Resort hotel has its own unique feel. This is created through the architecture, artwork, and overall theming used throughout the resort.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original Walt Disney World Resorts. The resort’s tower is one of the most well-known structures of Walt Disney World. The A-frame tower and the monorail tracks that go directly through the resort have made Disney’s Contemporary Resort one of the most well-known at Walt Disney World.
At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, another feature that makes it popular for Disney Resort guests is the iconic ceramic mural designed by Mary Blair is a staple of this resort. For years, guests have enjoyed Mary Blair’s Grand Canyon Concourse, which stretches high up into the A-frame of the resort.
Mary Blair was known for introducing modern and abstract expression into Disney projects during her time with the company. Blair was essential in the design of “it’s a small world” for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
As an artist, animator, and designer, Blair was instrumental in bringing a new style to The Walt Disney Company. Not only was this style displayed at the World’s Fair in 1964, but it was also used in animated films such as Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), and Alice in Wonderland (1951).
Blair was later asked to design murals for the Disney Parks and Resorts. One of these displays is the 90-foot mural that has become the focal point of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
NEW MARY BLAIR STYLE MURAL JUST DROPPED pic.twitter.com/4ghPvoI6Rg
— Phil • The Horizoneer (@TheHorizoneer) January 3, 2024
This week, a new Mary Blair-style mural was discovered at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. In the gift shop, a mural featuring Mickey and the famous five-legged goat is displayed behind the cash register and throughout the shop.
This new mural illustrates that Mary Blair strongly influences Disney art in parks and resorts. We hope that her style always finds its way into the Disney magic.