I have always loved the stories of Alice’s adventures in wonderland. This attraction would place riders into a daydream Alice is having on a train ride across country. Guests would climb aboard a train that would travel through beautiful British inspired gardens, farms and forests. As riders look out the window they see Alice’s wondrous world coming to life!
The ride would use augmented reality glasses. This technology would allow riders to see the animated characters of wonderland blended into the real life landscapes! The ride would have guests traveling in a miniature version of a steam engine train; similar to the Disneyland Railroad. The experience would be accompanied by music from the 1951 Disney film combined with an original narration from the character Alice.
Attraction Concept Video:
Attraction Storyboard Layout:
For a second time one of my creations was featured on insidethemagic.net. In this article, Michael Gavin of Inside the Magic explains how I designed and constructed an original project based on “Guardians of the Galaxy!” Having a second article featured on ITM is truly thrilling. I want to personally thank everyone at ITM who made that happen. I hope everyone enjoys the exciting article!
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For Halloween 2018 I decided to go as the young boy Elliot accompanied by E.T. dressed as a ghost! Inspired by my favorite scene from Spielberg’s 1982 film E.T. I constructed an E.T. prop/puppet to walk around with. The puppet was constructed using cheap and simple objects and materials readily available at any craft store.
(The following project was created in my own home.)
This project was an original concept inspired by the Disney – Pixar film “UP”. The attraction’s backstory takes place one year after the events of the film. Carl Fredricksen has moved to Shady Oaks retirement village to enjoy a new life. The retired balloon salesmen is back in business; as an anniversary gift to his late wife Ellie, Carl has turned his new home into the “Carl & Ellie Adventure Clubhouse!” This new clubhouse invites residence of Shady Oaks village to live their dreams of adventure and fly to Paradise Falls.
The challenge for this project was to sell the concept that riders were in a flying house. To pull off this illusion some simple yet effective tricks were used. The end result was a believable experience that took riders on an adventure that celebrated the music and heart of the Pixar film.
When riders looked out the window they saw original animation that took guests on a journey to Paradise Falls. This animation is original and created by Cody Reanu.
Behind the scenes on animation with Cody Reanu: Cody will be discussing the challenges of creating the original animation for this project:
Construction Timeline: Project “Adventure Book”
Above is a test video of the magnifying window illusion: 04/23/18.
(Disney & Pixar own all rights. Creative purpose only)
This project is an original concept based on the films “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
The ride takes place in a fictional arcade named : Galactic Arcadia! The arcade is particularly special because it is where young Peter Quill (a.k.a Star Lord) would go to play Pac-Man in the early 1980s . Fast forward to modern day where the arcade is still open and continues to entertain kids and adults with it’s retro games. The newest game inside the arcade is : ROCKET ROCKERS! Rocket Rockers is a game that was dreamed up and built by Peter Quill and given to the arcade as a gift in the summer of 2017. So come on in and play the all new:
“Guardians of the Galaxy, ROCKET ROCKERS!”
Finished Project (Ride through video) :
(“Lights on”) Behind the scenes tour of how the ride operated:
Since this was an original story, custom animation had to be created. I collaborated with Cody Reanu to create original animation for this ride.
Below is a time lapse video of the framework being constructed.
Special lighting effects were used on the ride. To create the illusion of real stars fiber optics were installed into the front section of the game. Below is a time lapse of these lights being installed.
How: A small hole was drilled into the wood. The tiny fiber optics were thread through the hole. The fiber optics were fastened by gorilla tape on the backside of each hole. The fiber optics were then cut at the front end.
(Disney & MARVEL own rights to all characters. This project was for creative purpose only.)
The following project was built in my own home, transforming a room into a small workshop.
Peter Pan’s flight is the Disneyland attraction that has captivated my imagination for years. When researching how this attraction worked I discovered exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up; an Imagineer! I wanted to test my creativity and design tech skills and try to recreate the attraction in my own home. Please follow me on my “flight” to Never-Never Land.
The area was cleared and the base of what will become the nursery set is in place. The frame for what will become the window looking out over London is locked into the room base. The room will be built around the window.
The walls were all framed out and are starting to come up. Walls will be on the left and right side, and front of room. The back will be left open to operate the flying seats and effects.
I used a donated electrical powered wheel chair for the base. I built the frame of the bench and attached it to the base. Using the functions of the chair, I will be able to move riders up and down.
The room is framed out complete with a roof. The walls of the Nursery set will match the wallpaper found in the animated Walt Disney film Peter Pan.
To get the room to look like it does in the animated film required me to hand paint the wallpaper design. I did this by mapping the design with painters tape then selecting the colors that matched the ones used in the film.
The ride car design took inspiration from the opening scene of the film. John and Michael build a ship out of their bed posts and sheets, to play make believe. I thought this was the perfect design to fly my guests to Neverland.
The sail frame is complete, and ready to begin testing. A skirt was added to fully hide the mechanics of the wheelchair. From behind the chair I could operate its up and down movements.
A projection of Peter Pan’s shadow would come across the wall just before the ride car takes flight. This is an early test of that effect.
This was an early test for a Tinker Bell effect. Using a scrim material I projected Tinker Bell flying back and forth spilling Pixie dust. The dim lit room and the scrim created the illusion that Tinker Bell was really floating in the room.
The view outside of the nursery window will recreate the London skyline. Big Ben is printed on a foam board and cut out. Then painted over with UV lighting.
The room is complete. The kids have been added into their bed. The thin black scrim above the kids will have Tinker Bell projected onto it. The focus is now on testing and animation before friends and family can ride.
The London skyline was rear projected behind the cutout of Big Ben. The clouds are cotton that I sprayed with glow paint. A scrim hangs in-front of the screen, with glow painted clouds on the scrim. This created a layered effect. Big Ben was in the foreground, clouds were in mid-ground and projection was in background. The finished result gave a 3D effect with no glasses. When the riders take flight, they will see Wendy, John and Michael flying outside the window.
With the help of my friend Cody Reanu we created original animation for this project. This was projected on the screen outside of the nursery window.
In the film John and Michael draw a pirate map on their fathers shirt. This is a replica of that map, along with the thimble that Wendy gives to Peter Pan as a “kiss”.
I went to multiple antique stores searching for toys from the era of Peter Pan. These blocks matched the ones found in the film! In the film the kids father trips on these blocks after the “nanny” dog Nana just stacked them. Also I hid a PF on the left side for my name.
The pixie dust was a simple effect that was very convincing. Tiny pin holes were drilled into the wall. Amber colored lights behind the wall peeked through the pin holes, creating the effect of Pixie Dust!
This is how the effect looked while on the ride. As the pixie dust began to shine the lights in the room dimmed. In this darkness the chair began to lift off the ground simulating the riders taking flight.
After the chair lifted off the ground the screen changed to show Neverland. Tiny lasers created the starry dream world of Never-Land. At this point riders were off the ground and floating in a sea of stars.
The project was completed and opened to friends and family on August 15 2015.
Before people took flight on the attraction, a short Pre-show movie played. Disney fans will notice how this short film was inspired by the classic Walt Disney and Tinker Bell segment from the Disneyland Tv show.
(Disney owns all characters. This project was for creative purpose only)
One of my creations had the privilege of being featured on insidethemagic.net. In this article, Michael Gavin of Inside the Magic explains how I re-created my favorite Disneyland attraction Peter Pan’s flight in my own home. The project came to life with the use of innovative engineering, many trips to LOWES and a little bit of pixie dust. Being a loyal fan to the Inside the Magic site, having the chance to showcase my work to the Disney community was truly sublime.
You can view the article here.