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Personal Projects

(The following project was created for personal development only.)
Project Inspiration : Disney-PIXAR’S “UP” 2009
Goal: Immerse guests into Carl Fredricksen’s flying house.
Backstory: The story begins after the events of the film. Carl Fredricksen has turned his new home into a clubhouse for adventurers of all ages! Those who join the club can take a ride to the majestic Paradise Falls!
Outcome : To achieve the flying effect I constructed windows that guests would view a magnified screen through. This effectively simulated looking out of a real window.
Collaboration: On this project I collaborated with Cody Reanu to create custom animation inspired by Disney-PIXAR’S “UP”

Finished Project:



Construction Timeline:



03/02/18 – Construction began on what will become Carl’s clubhouse. This image shows the framework for the queue area and house interior.


03/02/18 – These walls will become a separate room that will act as a holding area for riders.


03/15/18 – The frame work begins on the windows of Carl’s clubhouse. This will be the attraction’s main illusion.


03/17/18 – Monitors will be placed inside these small boxes. Guests will view the monitor through a window. The glass in the framework of the window will be a magnifying sheet; this will magnify the monitor to give the illusion that guests are looking out of a real window.


04/03/18 – (Backside view) The framework for the two separate rooms has been completed.


04/07/18 – Framework for the walls around the windows has started being constructed.


04/07/18 – Window framework (second view)


04/11/18 – This will become the window that guests look out of while riding.


04/17/18  – The first room (Queue Room) has begun getting the first layer of paint. The color scheme is inspired by the colors of a sky.


04/20/18 – A pattern of stripes will be painted on the walls. The stripes were accomplished using painters tape.


04/ 21/18 – First section of stripes is completed.

Above is a test video of the magnifying window illusion: 04/23/18.


04/23/18 – Outside view of window being tested.


04/23/18 – Inside view of the window being tested.


04/27/18 – Stripes completed for queue room.


04/28/18 – The wood surrounding the queue room has been painted dark blue.


04/28/18 – Closeup on stripes.


05/06/18 – Interior walls for Carl’s clubhouse have been put up. The walls are built out of a mixture of wood and cardboard.


05/06/18 – Back view of the interior of Carl’s clubhouse.


05/13/18 – The wooden window frames that will surround the window guests view out of. The ride was inspired by the look of miniatures and doll houses.


05/15/18 – The wooden frames have been added to the left and right side of the window.


05/15/18 – Closeup of the window.


05/19/18 – The queue area will be covered with photos and postcards inspired by Ellie’s adventure book.


05/19/18 – One of the finished collages that will hang on the walls in the queue room.


06/05/18  –  These wooden board will be at the base of Carl’s clubhouse.


06/08/18 – A elevated platform was built to be installed by the viewing area in the ride. Shorter riders will be able to stand on this platform to allow them to see outside the windows.


06/15/18 – The pictures have been installed in the queue area.


06/15/18 – A small tribute to the heart of the film is located inside the exit path of the ride.


06/20/18 – A cleanup view of the near complete queue area.


06/27/18 –  These small pink wooden houses are used as tiling in Carl’s Clubhouse.  These small details enhance the story and overall experience of the ride.


07/02/18 – The interior of Carl’s Clubhouse begins to get props and details.


07/02/18 – The left side of Carl’s clubhouse is dedicated to Carl. Notice the silhouette photo of carl, his balloon salesman hat and the coupon for denture cream tucked behind the picture frame.


07/05/18 – The left side of Carl’s Clubhouse is dedicated to Ellie. Notice the bird tiles, flowers, silhouette photo and bird house.


07/10/18 – Overall view of Carl’s Clubhouse.


Original Animation Credit: Cody Reanu & Patrick Fragale.
Segments/Images from : Disney- PIXAR’S “UP.”
 How the custom animation was created. Speaking Credit: Cody Reanu.


(Disney & Pixar own all rights. Creative purpose only)

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