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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Creating Art for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Star Wars Weekends is here once again. It is definitely one of my favorite times of year as a Star Wars fan because that means here at Yellow Shoes Creative Group we get to create some awesome new images for the event. It has become one of our favorite things to “work” on each year.

There seems to be endless great ideas around the combination of our favorite Star Wars characters in situations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These photo shoots are always a lot of fun as well, giving direction to a Wookiee — who could ask for more?

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Anyway, I am excited to share with you today one of our latest images for this year. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it and see you at Star Wars Weekends!

Which image is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Very Merry Ad Campaign For Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 25th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Have you ever wondered what makes Mickey’s Christmas Party “very merry” and not just normal merry? Well, for the first time ever, the creative team here at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group found the answer.

The idea behind this year’s holiday campaign revolves all around the name of Mickey’s Christmas Party – which you can see in a new VERY merry logo and over-the-top merry scenes. Since the party is a classic Christmas party at Magic Kingdom Park, the style and tone of the campaign – from the hand-drawn logo to a traditional animated short – was inspired by the classic Disney shorts and vintage holiday greeting cards.

One of the most exciting pieces to work on was an original 30-second animation featuring Mickey and the gang getting ready for the very-est, merriest party of the year. The commercial was traditionally animated in the style of the Disney classic cartoons of the late 1930s and 1940s. The sound design was really fun, too. We love the narrator’s ‘Goofy How-To’ vibe and the character voices throughout. The soundtrack, a jazzy rendition of Jingle Bells, was also inspired by a 1940s big band and recorded by a live orchestra.

The entire campaign was sparked by a fun Christmas story that explains the origins of Mickey’s first Very Merry Christmas Party. The story is a great way to get your kids excited for the Christmas Party. And, even if you’re not going this year, it’s just really fun to ad-lib Donald Duck’s not-so-merry outbursts. You can download the full story by clicking the image below.

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You can also expect to see very merry billboards, banner ads, and hear radio spots leading up to the party, which is happening select nights now through December 20. (Tickets are on sale now at mickeyschristmasparty.com.)

And, since no Christmas would be complete without a gift or two, we made some very merry wallpapers just for our Disney Parks Blog readers. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download it.

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Have a VERY merry Christmas!

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‘Oswald’s Drama’ Painting Unveiled for Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

posted on November 7th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


A couple of weeks ago we asked you, our faithful blog readers, to vote on a character you most wanted me to paint for the upcoming Festival of the Masters event this weekend at Downtown Disney. And, as you may already know, you chose Oswald!

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Needless to say I was very excited about that choice as well. Having grown up with a love for all things Disney animation, Oswald is one of my favorite characters. I love that he was the catalyst for Walt to create my all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse. This is actually my first official painting of Oswald for the festival and Disney galleries. So, I did a little time-lapse video from my studio of it all coming together for you to see.

I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed painting it! Here is what I call “Oswald’s Drama.” Hope to see you this weekend at the festival!

'Oswald's Drama' by Will Gay

Click on the image above to download a wallpaper of this graphic for your mobile device or iPad. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Find New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park With Our New Interactive Website

posted on November 20th, 2012 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


I am very happy to share with you today something really exciting that we have been working on here at Disney for quite a while. It is a new online experience for New Fantasyland called The Story of New Fantasyland. It is complete with custom scored soundtrack, amazing fly-through animation, and even narrated by the voice of Cogsworth himself, David Ogden Stiers. Needless to say this has been an awesome experience for all of us that have worked so hard on this to see it come to life. Check back here on the Disney Parks Blog later this month for more on the behind the scenes on the making of FindingFantasyland.com. But now it’s your turn. Explore the lands. Break the Curse. Be the Hero. Enjoy!

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Download Our ‘Love the Festival’ Festival of the Masters Artwork Wallpaper

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Hi everyone. This year’s Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels is coming up soon and a lot of Disney artists (including myself) have been working for months behind the scenes to prepare the pieces that we’ll showcase at this year’s event.

Here’s a wallpaper of one of my works that you’ll see at this year’s Festival of the Masters (Nov. 9-11 at Downtown Disney). It will be a small edition of hand-pulled silk screens on heavy paper stock. The design, called “Love the Festival”, is inspired by the simple notion that some things just go great together.

Hope to see you out there!

'Love the Festival' Festival of the Masters Design by Will Gay

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.



Looking forward to this year’s Festival of the Masters? Take a look back at last year’s event in the posts below:

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A Beast in His Lair at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 24th, 2012 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Last week we had the opportunity to photograph Beast in front of his castle in New Fantasyland for a film shoot. I took this shot in-between takes and I just had to share it with you. As you can see, sometimes you don’t even need to see the whole character to tell a pretty cool story with a photo.
The Beast in Front of His Castle in New Fantasyland

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest on New Fantasyland. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #NewFantasyland.

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