Downtown Disney certainly has plenty of character, literally! The most recent seasonal overlay to be displayed at the Disneyland Resort celebrates the Fab 5 and a few other friends.

Watch Mickey and Friends “in pieces” art installation in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort:

  • Mickey and his pals are known for being quite playful and charming, and this summer Disneyland is bring a little bit of those elements to the Resort.
  • Several new displays are scattered throughout Downtown Disney that feature the Fab 5 having fun some fun enjoying the season.
  • These colorful topiaries are broken into pieces that when viewed from a certain angle make up one complete picture.
Photo by Mike Celestino

Photos by Mike Celestino

Photo by Mike Celestino

  • While the display has been up for nearly a month, today, the Disney Parks Blog shared an interview with Disneyland’s Manager of Resort Enhancement about the colorful, abstract overlay. Here are some of the highlights:

DPB: How did the idea for this overlay come to life? It’s so creative!

Phil Rahn, Manager of Resort Enhancement: “The Disneyland Resort Enhancement team was inspired by anamorphic art installations as seen in public spaces all over the world. This installation is about fun in the summer sun! The artwork styling was pulled from the series, ‘A Mickey Mouse Cartoon.’”

DBP: What went into deciding which characters to choose?

PR: “We decided to celebrate our “Fab 5” as the core characters for this overlay. Mickey Mouse had a big year with his birthday, so we thought it was appropriate to continue celebrating him and his friends.”

DPB: Is there a certain spot you recommend to stand, to get the best view of the art?

PR: “The installation is designed with the spirit of discovery in mind and is meant to be interactive. For those who have a challenge finding that right perspective, we have “stand here” markers on the ground at each planter. The markers are Mickey Mouse’s shoe print.”

DPB: How many types of plants are used to surround the art?

PR: “More than 40 different varieties! Each planter brings bright colors and textures to support the scene, such as strong reds and yellows for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, sunflowers for Donald Duck, daisies for Daisy Duck and wild Gomphrena around Goofy.”

This new Art Installation Celebrates Mickey Mouse and Pals in Downtown Disney District

This new Art Installation Celebrates Mickey Mouse and Pals in Downtown Disney District

DPB: Can you tell us about the team who put this together?

PR: “More than 20 Horticulture and Resort Enhancement Cast Members play a part in the design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of the overlay.”

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