Tapestries Featuring Mary Blair Artwork Now Adorn Cinderella Castle Forecourt Turrets

The turrets surrounding the Cinderella Castle Forecourt have been adorned with new tapestries, not of nations, but of imagery and art, most from an iconic artist, used for the development of Cinderella from the 1940s.

What’s Happening:

  • New tapestries have been hung from the turrets surrounding the Cinderella Castle Forecourt at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom showcasing various concept art, most of which done by Disney Legend Mary Blair, that was used for the development of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Cinderella.

  • The art is familiar to Disney Animation fans as it has been seen in numerous formats, including galleries on various Blu-Ray and DVD releases of the film, as well as other publications.
  • The art, now presented as banners adorning the castle turrets, showcases the development of how scenes would look in the film, each one of them becoming a memorable moment to fans of the classic movie. The art also has that Mary Blair signature look to it, a bold and ground-breaking color design by using primary colors to form intense contrast and colors that are unnatural to the image they are depicting, a look that still inspires many of today's animators and park designers.

  • Along with the art, guests will notice complementary banners and tapestries that don’t feature any Cinderella art, but carry the look and style of the surrounding banners and tapestries and weave in the new “50” for the World’s Most Magical Celebration, honoring 50 years of Walt Disney World. These banners also include two little bluebirds, harkening back to the dressmaking sequence in the film.
  • These banners come full circle for the 50th anniversary preparations, as back when the design of the adornments to Cinderella Castle itself was announced, showcasing artwork and saying the design was influenced by the legendary artist.

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