Poster Art of the Disney Parks

Poster Art of the Disney Parks


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Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke, Vanessa Hunt

Anyone who has ever walked through the gates at a Disney Park knows that there is a magical experience waiting to be had on the other side. All of the telltale signs are there: the sound of joyful music pipes across the promenade; the smells of popcorn and cookies waft through the air; and the colorful attraction posters depict all the wonderful rides and shows created for Guests by the Imagineers. Poster Art of the Disney Parks is a tribute to those posters, which begin telling the story of each attraction even before Guests have entered the queue area.
Disney attraction posters have been an important means of communication since Disneyland began displaying them in 1956. Not only are they eye-catching pieces of artwork that adorn the Parks with flair and style, they are also displayed to build excitement and disseminate information about the newest additions to the Disney landscape. When the first attraction posters made their debut at Disneyland, one such piece of art proclaimed that Guests could have a "true-life adventure" on the Jungle Cruise. And in 2012 at Disney California Adventure, a poster announced the grand opening of Cars Land-the newest thrill-filled destination at the Disneyland Resort. Both of those posters are reproduced within this book, along with posters from every decade in between.
As evidenced by the evolution of the attraction posters, art styles and design techniques have certainly changed over the years. These characteristics also differ from continent to continent. Posters from Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland exhibit the nuances in presentation that give each Park's pantheon of posters its signature look. But while artistic interpretations and color palettes may vary from Park to Park and from year to year, the spirit of Disney storytelling is a constant that ties them all together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423124115
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Series: A Disney Parks Souvenir Book Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 142,205
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 14.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DANNY HANDKE makes the magic at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Associate Show Producer for the Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Hong Kong Disneyland portfolios. His creative talents have been utilized on many exciting projects and attractions worldwide, including Goofy's Paint 'n' Play House and Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! at Tokyo Disneyland; Mickey & Friends' Greeting Trails and Village Greeting Place at Tokyo DisneySea; Goofy Golf on the Disney Dream; AquaLab on the Disney Fantasy; and numerous other attractions unannounced at this time. He also designed an attraction poster for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride that is currently being showcased in Disneyland Park.

VANESSA HUNT is a Walt Disney Imagineer and a lifelong Disney aficionado. Her education is in art history, and she is part of the group responsible for the more than 130,000 pieces of original artwork preserved in the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library. She has been curator of several Imagineering exhibits featuring many of the works from the Art Library collection, and she has consulted for The Walt Disney Family Museum. Vanessa is also the coauthor of the wildly popular Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai from Disney Editions. She is currently designing a new book featuring the art of Disney Legend Marc Davis.

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Poster Art of the Disney Parks (Introduction by Tony Baxter) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
As you'd expect, this is a collection of the poster art from the Magic Kingdom parks over the world and over the decade from the founding of Disneyland up to some of the recent posters in California Adventure. As a fan of the posters, I loved looking at them and am thrilled to have this book.
Thunder-Storm More than 1 year ago
This book is a seemingly all encompassing visual spectacle. Complete with unique stories about the progression of individual works, this book will show you everything that goes into the iconic posters that greet guests when they enter a Disney Park. It may seem discouraging to sit down and read the book given its large size, but the visuals alone can keep you engaged. I strongly recommend this book to any Disney Parks fan, or even a casual observer who just enjoys the visual design and artistry of the Disney Parks attraction posters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appeared to be nice, but we had to return the book as it was poorly packaged and arrived damaged. Local stores do not carry this book and we did not want to try an online order again because of the poor experience. You would think a book seller would know how to package and ship books but evidently B&N does not!
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