I wish I still had 104 days of summer vacation. My parents were school teachers, so they had summers off. I loved playing outside until the last moments of sunlight faded from the Ohio sky. Today, the closest I get to having 104 vacation days is watching “Phineas & Ferb” with my son. While it’s no longer summer at Disney Parks, Phineas and Ferb are still having the best day ever, as seen on four new boy’s tee-shirts. I spoke with Disney Design Group artist Tyler Dumas about how these shirts were created.
“We imagined what would happen if [Phineas and Ferb] visited Disney Parks,” explained Tyler. “After a few brainstorm sessions, we selected four attractions that are found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Disney Design Group character artist Ron Cohee drew the scenes, which kept the playful spirit from the show.”
This past summer, the co-creators of “Phineas & Ferb” – Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh – visited Disney Design Group. Tyler said they enjoyed seeing the new “Best Day Ever at Disney Parks” art program come to life.
“Dan and ‘Swampy’ were supportive of this new art program,” continued Tyler. “They liked how we connected the two universes of ‘Phineas & Ferb’ and Disney Parks. During their visit, we had a work session where they offered a few tips on how to best draw the characters. It was great hearing how they approached character design as it made the artwork even better.”
The four new shirts include classic Disney attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain. Tyler said his favorite shirt is Pirates of the Caribbean as he “liked the gag that has Perry, not the dog, holding the keys to the jail cell.”