Take a look at this photo. Here we have Walt himself, with a scale model of the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty Castle can be seen next to it, right in front of Walt. Take a look at the details:
- The Skyway cables are visible going into the mountain (and coming out the back).
- The Matterhorn model has its full range of colors–those of the mountain, and those of the trees on its side.
- The photographs on the wall behind show different views of the mountain.
Disney Imagineers have traditionally gone to great lengths to create their attractions and theme parks. They just don’t “throw up a roller coaster” and paint it green like the Incredible Hulk. Even as late as the 1990s, WDI did all sorts of research to create the Animal Kingdom theme park–and it shows in the details. Take a look at this post from Disney Shawn for an in-depth look at those details. In fact, I recommend reading Shawn’s blog religiously. His examinations of Disney parks and their “plussing” are a real asset to the Disney fan community.
Look for more examples of these great images from WDI’s history in the weeks to come.