All Aboard! A Park 9 Vinylmation is Previewed

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Yesterday on the Vinylmation Facebook page…

They previewed for us a pretty amazing looking 3″ Park 9 design! It’s the No. 2 Lilly Belle locomotive from Walt Disney World. The Lilly Belle is named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian Disney. Lilly Belle is also the name of the scaled-down steam locomotive Walt had built in his backyard. It is also the name of the special caboose car guests can board at the Disneyland Railroad.

This is a great shot of the Lilly Belle from the website StartedByAMouse.com. It is interesting to note that the Lilly Belle is a restored train that was built in 1928… does that year sound familiar? As important as trains were to Walt, I’m surprised it took us this long to see one of the locomotives made into Vinylmation. One of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, probably because it shows his gigantic creative thinking coupled with his child like qualities is “I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train.” And this Vinylmation is like nothing else. What do you think of the top?

I really love it. If there was one negative, I would want a little more realness and grit tot he design instead of the clean illustration. But it looks very good and has me already anticipating Park 9. I can also see this one become an easy, and masterfully used, variant. We know practically the full line of Park 9 by the way. Check out this post from when the pins were leaked last fall.

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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  • I love it. i really do. Where Urban used to be my full cup o’tea (pun intended)… parks have started to overtake my desires. Don’t get me wrong, Barricade and Cave Paintings are some of the best Urbans (like U4)… but they seem to really be giving the details and attention to park… and making it amazing. The Park 8 Magic Kingdom Pass? Yeah, I about jumped for joy when I unbloxed that before the trade event. I can see wanting a “grittier” feel, but this will be a very welcomed addition to my sets. If we had received these last few Parks (along with D-tour) as our introduction to new mold, i don’t think we’d have had the backlash that we did. When I look at these, the Graphic Designer in me just says “Wow”

  • Its great looking. Just a side note Konrad. By “Cave Paintings” I assume you mean recent urban by Thomas Scott. However per a tweet with him that is actually based on retro sci-fi posters / artwork.

    • Thanks for that! We called it that when it first came out, but never got word on what it really represented.

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