- Concept, Design, Painting
- Walt Disney Imagineering
- Project Manager: Doris Woodward, Art Director: Chris Runco
How often does someone get to design an original carousel? Hopefully at least once! I worked with an amazing team of people at Imagineering, who took my designs and brought them to life. Today, it's a favorite gem of Shanghai Disneyland's Gardens of Imagination.
I also got to paint the scene that was used in all the marketing materials for the carousel.
There were 64 vehicles, so I created 11 different horses and 1 chariot, to be repeated in different sizes and colors, four rows deep. Everyone fell in love with the babies!
Taking inspiration from the original film, I chose a pastel palette for the vehicles, and deeper tones and golds for the rounding boards. The team painted the horses in a beautiful matte finish, an original touch.
The rounding board murals were taken directly from old movie frames, which I edited and improved in a higher resolution. I created these images for the core of the carousel by collaging images of fairies from different seasons in the movie.
What would a Fantasia carousel be without hippos, crocs and flamingos? These were fun to design.
Doris Woodward headed up a talented team of designers and fabricators to bring this beautiful carousel to life. It was one of my favorite projects ever.