Disneyland’s Mechanical Kingdom Exhibit Opens

| March 11, 2014 | 1 Reply

The Disneyland Gallery recently opened its latest exhibit, “Mechanical Kingdoms,” to the delight of many steampunk fans, including yours truly.  Steampunk is a style that incorporates steam-powered machinery with a futuristic Victorian setting.  Think of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and you will have an idea of steampunk.

Some of the Disneyland podcast team visited the gallery on opening day, and we had a chance to chat with some of the artists.  You can hear about this visit in our recent podcast on the DIS Unplugged-Disneyland Edition. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Entrance to Disneyana and Disney Gallery

Entrance to Disneyana and Disney Gallery

Nice explanation of the Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit

Nice explanation of the Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit

The Gallery showcases various figures and paintings that were inspired by 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, as well as classic Disney characters.  The mix brings a unique art form that is showcased at the Disney Gallery.  These art pieces are popular, and some sold the first morning that the exhibit opened.  The Disneyana Store has copies and prints for sale.

The event opened with various artists on hand to sign their work and talk with fans.  Although we arrived in the afternoon, we were lucky to run into some of the artists who were still there.  In this photo, we are with one of our favorite artists, David Avanzino, who was interviewed on the DIS Unplugged-Disneyland Edition. You can listen to his personal take on Mechanical Kingdoms here.  I love that fellow artist, Mike Peraza, photobombed our picture.

DL Podcast Team with artist David Avanzino

DL Podcast Team with artist David Avanzino

David has a few pieces here, and just for fun he put together this cool watch art wristband.  I bet a lot of people were disappointed that this was not an actual piece to purchase; although, there is still hope for us yet.   Here is a closer pic of Dave with his wrist art.

Dave Avanzino shows off this wrist watch that he put together.

Dave Avanzino shows off this wrist watch that he put together.

David is known for his name art that incorporates themed letters.  For the Mechanical Kingdom exhibit, he did a 3D rendering of Steampunk Willie.  There are also prints available of this artwork.

Artwork designed by David Avanzino

Artwork designed by David Avanzino

David Avanzino created this 3-D rendering of Steampunk Willie

David Avanzino created this 3D rendering of Steampunk Willie for the exhibit

Mike Peraza was also at the Disney Gallery this afternoon.  Mike has many years of experience working for Disney, and his work shows his influence by the original Disney Imagineers.  In addition to working with Imagineers, he has worked with other creative artists, like Tim Burton and George Lucas.  I really liked his work.  He adds a little humor to his pieces, like “20,000 Leaks Under the Sea.”  He kindly posed for me in front of his work, “Milliner to the Queen, Mstr M. Hatter Esq.”  There is so much detail to his work.  I really enjoyed all three of his art pieces.

Mike Peraza poses in full Steampunk regalia

Mike Peraza poses in full Steampunk regalia

Artwork by Mike Peraza

Artwork by Mike Peraza

I also had the pleasure of meeting Mark Page.  Mark is a Disney Imagineer, and he told me that he typically creates steampunk art, so this exhibit was right up his alley.  He created four pieces for the Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit.  One of his originals had already sold in the morning of the first day of the exhibit. Prints were also made, and he took five prints of each design and embellished and signed them.  He had beautiful work, and Nancy was telling us on the podcast that his work was her favorite.  He shared his work with us, and told us a few trivia bits.  One is on his piece featuring a car driven by Scrooge McDuck. In the detail on the car are the numbers: 03 27 01 – This is the birth date of Carl Barks, the creator of Scrooge McDuck.  I thought that was a cool detail.

Mark stands in front of his four designs. One is an original.

Mark stands in front of his designs. One is an original.

Original work by Mark Page with a neat detail

Original work by Mark Page with a neat detail

Detail in the McDuck artwork by Mark Page

Detail in the McDuck artwork by Mark Page

Other artists that contributed to the Mechanical Kingdom exhibit are: Noah (popular for other works he has done for Disney), Jim Crouch, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, and Javier Soto.

The Disneyana store has prints and reproductions of the art and figurines for sale at more affordable prices, and I have a feeling that these will not last long.  The figurines feature Disney characters on steam powered vehicles, and my favorite is Minnie on a steam powered carrousel horse.  The figurines also light up with a green glow. You can see the light up figures below.

Minnie on a steam powered carousel, and Mickey on a steam powered car.

Minnie on a steam powered carousel, and Mickey on a steam powered car.

Daisy and Donald on steam powered vehicles

Daisy and Donald on steam powered vehicles

Some of the items on sale in the Disneyana store

Some of the items on sale in the Disneyana store

Close look at Minnie on her steam powered carousel horse

Close look at Minnie on her steam powered carrousel horse

The steampunk exhibit continues into the Opera House (foyer to the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show) with artwork and models of Tokyo Seas and other items.  It was so interesting to look through this room.

Sign and artwork in the Opera House

Sign and artwork in the Opera House

Nautilus

Nautilus

Props from the movie, "Girl vs Monster"

Props from the movie, “Girl vs Monster”

Models of attractions at Tokyo Seas

Models of attractions at Tokyo Seas

I have included only a few of the many items in the Mechanical Kingdom Exhibit.  I do recommend visiting the Disneyana Store and Disney Gallery when you visit the Disneyland Resort to check out the entire works of art and figurines.  As you enter Main Street stay to the right, and enter the Disneyana Store.  It is right before the entrance to the  Opera House.

 


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Mary Jo makes her home in the Los Angeles area, close to the ocean and the LAX airport, just 25 miles west of the Disneyland Resort. This makes it convenient for her to visit the original Magic Kingdom quite often. Her favorite attraction is the Pirates of the Caribbean, though these days she also enjoys just going to listen and watch the entertainment throughout the parks, or having a bite to eat with various Disney friends. She grew up going to Disneyland with family and friends who would visit from out-of-town. It seems that in those days it was more common to stay with family and friends rather than go to a hotel when visiting. Her mother also loved Disney, and it was common for visitors to be treated to the sound of the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade music (really loud) early in the morning on the day they were to visit the Land. Mary Jo has passed this love of Disney to her daughter Kelly, who probably goes more often than her mother. In addition to visiting Disneyland, Mary Jo also enjoys checking out the local scene (there is so much to do in Southern California), camping in Yosemite or Sequoia, and traveling with her two adult children, Nick and Kelly, who currently live with her. Mary Jo is a member of the Disneyland Edition of The DIS Unplugged Podcast, a moderator on the DISneyland forum on the DIS, and is an occasional contributor to the DIS Blog.
  • mexner

    Hi, Mary Jo – Really enjoyed the article and so glad I had a chance to look at some of these pieces with you during my fly by visit to DL in February. The interview with Dave Avanzino was great as well – I would be thrilled to own any piece created by any of these talented artists!