From The Art of Disney Parks:
The Disney Gallery will open Friday, October 2nd, 2009 in the former Bank of Main Street Building!
Like most, you’ve probably missed visiting The Disney Gallery on your recent trips to Disneyland® park. Well, good news! the hot-spot for viewing original and one-of-a-kind Disney artwork and artifacts is ready to re-open in the fall at its new location – in the former Bank of Main Street, right next to the Disneyland® Opera House.
This new location offers roughly the same amount of area as the gallery’s previous home above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (which is now occupied by the Disneyland® Dream Suite). And, just as before, The Disney Gallery will be made up of three separate rooms – two exhibit rooms and a gift shop. “This will allow us to tell on continuous story, or three separate stories, as we used to in the former gallery,” said Kim Irvine, Walt Disney Imagineering and Art Director for this project. She also told us that the unique qualities of the building have been incorporated into the gallery’s theme: “We’ll maintain the bank look and architecture and visually tell the story that this was an old bank that has been turned into an art gallery. Guests will still see remnants of the old bank influence – like the vault!” So be sure to stop in and visit this longtime favorite attraction and store in its new digs.
A huge product release and signing will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2009:
Join us as we celebrate the opening of The Disney Gallery in its new location on Main Street, U.S.A. with an array of Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney Inspired Artists, including Jim Crouch, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Kevin Kidney, Larry Nikolai, Maggie Parr, George Scribner, SHAG and Yakovetic. Commissioned artwork by these artists will on display and will be available as part of the product release & signing. The artist signing will take place from 9 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, October 10th, 2009.
Also, a “Nightmare Before Christmas” product release and signing will be held the following Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at The Disney Gallery:
Join us as we celebrate Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and the re-opening of our Haunted Mansion attraction in its “holiday” state. Artists, Dave Avanzino, Brian Sandah and Tim Wollweber will be on hand to sign some of their latest Haunted Mansion Holiday inspired merchandise, including a Haunted Mansion Holiday mixed media sculpture, a Jack Skellington themed mantle piece, changing portrait and stained glass-like sculpture.
Also available as part of the release will be Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The 13 Days of Christmas book by authors, Steve Davison and Carolyn Gardner. Show Development and Production Senior Writer, Carolyn Gardner along with Tim Wollweber who helped to illustrate some of the book, will be on hand for a special appearance and signing. The artist signing will take place from 9 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, October 17th, 2009.