Disney Resort Receives Shocking Update

DIsney's Contemporary Resort
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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.

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Updated Resort

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.

Contempo Cafe Interior

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Mary Blair

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.

it's a small world

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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 Mural

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.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

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