Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Neon at Disney Parks

When neon expert supreme Eric Lynxwiler makes a request, I listen! He recently alerted me to a Zoom Artist Talk hosted by MONA (Museum of Neon Art).

Get a Backstage Pass to Neon in Disney Parks with “The Wonderful World of Disney Neon.”

Here’s the 411: Zoom Artist Talk: Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7pm PST MONA will host Steve Spiegel, Story Editor Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering for a one-night-only Zoom event on December 9th at 7pm to showcase the history of luminous tubing in Disney Parks. Disney theme parks are known for their rigorous attention to historic and aesthetic detail and the “Imagineers,” Disney’s team of artists, writers, engineers, and technicians use neon and other forms of lighting in multiple ways, from perfectly replicating Golden Age movie houses of Hollywood to transporting audiences into hyper-realistic future worlds. Audiences will be wowed by the layers of narratives presented through light at Disney theme parks worldwide, such as the dazzling neon collection at “Cars Land” in Disney California Adventure Park.

A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Steve Spiegel is the Story Editor Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park design and development division of The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Steve has written notable Disney experiences including “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!” “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” He is also a co-founder of Signs United, an international community of vintage sign hunters, enthusiasts, and preservationists. His photographs of vintage neon have been featured in exhibits at The Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA, The Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles and in a “Signs From Different Worlds: Vienna meets Havana” exhibit in Vienna, Austria.

You can get tickets here.

See more MONA photos at my main website.


Fifthrider said...

Very cool, thank you. I will try to attend. The Casual viewer often overlooks how much light is used to paint surface. Mary Blair new it when they did the lighting for It's A Small World. I'm in the process of doing things like that at home right now and would love to hear what these guys have to say. Aside from a gift shop in Tomorrowland I don't think I've ever really thought about how much neon could be in the park.

Anonymous said...

This is making me wish I was closer to the MONA.

We went by it this summer on our way back from Pasadena, but we were too hot and tired to go in. I wish we had.

Planning the next trip now.

Thanks Dave.


Fifthrider said...

I love how the tickets for this state "Feel free to enjoy a cocktail, snack, or cup of tea while you watch." Well yes, I'm at home so I probably will. I'll bet the snack bar even stocks my favorite drinks and snacks.