Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Original Mr. Toad Mural

I am slightly obsessed with the original murals of the Fantasyland dark rides at Disneyland, so I was slightly excited to acquire a “new” vintage shot showing a portion of the one from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, circa 1956.

Artist Kurt Raymond painted a very close approximation of the original mural and sold prints of it. Here’s a shot of him from the Mousewait website showing off his work:

Here’s a shot of the mural that now graces the queue, created when the attraction was completely redone in 1983:

Apparently the Disney Gallery sold re-creations of this mural back in the 1990’s. The Van Eaton Gallery Auction in November 2015 included one for sale:

(Disney Gallery, 1990s) Mr. Toad's Wild Ride mural lithograph produced in an edition of 150 pieces, Numbered 22/150, and measuring16"x23". In very good condition. Estimated: $300-500

See more Disneyland Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction photos at my main website.

1 comment:

Major Pepperidge said...

I've always wondered about the odd shape of the mural; why does it have that jagged shape at the bottom? Why not just a standard rectangle? It looks like a mouth with teeth on the bottom jaw, maybe that's intentional?