It is very popular for guests to take selfies and family pictures in front of different walls around Walt Disney World. One of the newest walls to be added to the family can be found over at Disney Springs and this one features Orange Bird! Many guests may not realize, but Orange Bird actually had his own pavilion in the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, which is now Disney’s Pin Traders. At the pavilion there was fresh citrus sold. If you love Disney history, then you can check out this interview that Disney Parks Blog had with Chris Weck, Art Director from Walt Disney Imagineering to learn more about the mural and its inspiration:
What inspired this new mural and why was Orange Bird chosen?
“Orange Bird is such a beloved character with natural ties to our Disney Springs storyline.
As a celebration of a central Florida town, its history, and our local environment, Orange Bird is a character who would have been found right here in Florida. We had a well-lit, beautiful brick wall that just begging for some fun treatment. It was easy to take full advantage and harken back to billboards you would have seen along Florida roadways.”
Can you give us some insight into the creative process that brought the wall to life?
“After much research, we were inspired by vintage Orange Bird art and knew he was a natural fit for Disney Springs. Once a design was developed, it was projected onto the wall and drawn with chalk, and then hand painted. Painting allows the graphic to fade in the sun over time, just as we see other “ghost graphics” wear and convey a sense of time and history.”
I noticed Walt Disney Imagineering painted this by hand! How long did it take from start to finish?
“Yes! We were fortunate to have one of our painters hand paint the mural in place. He needed to work during daylight hours, so the painting process occurred over one week, working from 7 a.m.-noon. By 9 a.m. on day one, guests were already noticing and getting very excited! It was a fun added benefit that guests could see the progress being made first hand.”
Any other fun details about the design you would like to share with readers?
“We already know how much our guests love Orange Bird so I’m really looking forward to seeing all the creative ways they interact with this fun new Disney wall!”
You’ll spot this mural located just around the corner from Erin McKenna’s Bakery. Be sure to tag all your photos with #DisneySprings—I can’t wait to check out your selfies and photos with your main squeeze!
Who else can’t wait to take a selfie with Orange Bird?
Photo and Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog
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