I was on my way back from a meeting the other day when I ran into Disney Design Group Artist Quynh Kimball. Something you should know about Quynh is that he loves show and tell. He’s always showcasing new concept art or the latest sample of one of the newest items he’s created. He always has something in his hands that he can’t wait to show off. My last run-in with Quynh was no different than any other, except this particular encounter had me flashing back to my childhood when I saw him carrying a vintage tin Disney lunchbox. I was quick to ask Quynh all about the vintage lunchbox to find out more.
“The classic lunchbox concept was created especially for The Florida Project,” said Quynh. “Not only is it a fully-functioning, vintage-inspired, tin lunchbox, but it also contains a limited-edition, four-pin set that is based off the artwork on the lunchbox.”
Wanting to know more about how Quynh came up with such an imaginative idea, I took a stroll with him back to the Disney Design Group Offices to sit down with him and the rest of the team that worked on the Disney Lunchbox concept for the upcoming trading event. “When we first started brain storming concepts for The Florida Project, we all brought in Disney memorabilia and keepsakes from our past to help generate ideas for the event,” said Quynh.
“The concept was based off of a lunch box that Monty Maldovan had when he was a kid,” explained Quynh. “Seeing Monty’s Disney lunchbox made me reminisce on my childhood and the Disney lunchbox I had was younger. I started doing research around the office and what I discovered is that almost everyone I spoke to remembered carrying a Disney lunchbox to school when they were young, so I couldn’t help but think that a Disney lunchbox themed pin set was a perfect fit for the nostalgic and vintage themed Florida Project event,” said Quynh.
The Disney Design Group Team spent countless hours recreating the original artwork from the lunchbox making sure to capture the retro 70s feel and to ensure that every detail from the coloration to the characters were just right. The end result is a faithful re-creation of the Disney lunchbox that so many of us remember carrying to school each day when we were kids.
For those of you who have not yet registered for The Florida Project at Walt Disney World, it’s not too late! There is still space left and if you book before Friday, May 6, you can still sign-up in time to receive the early booking discount! To see the entire assortment for The Florida Project and to register for The Florida Project, please visit www.DisneyPins.com.