Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY tutorial: Haunted Mansion mini portraits

I had a great time creating some mini versions of the Haunted Mansion portraits hanging out in various parts of the attraction. The video below provides instruction on How to make your own. Enjoy!

As promised in the video here are some smaller versions of the Haunted Mansion pictures that you can print out and place inside your picture frames!
 Happy crafting. be sure to tweet me your photos @danoflorez or post them to instagram and tag me @danoflorez
I love seeing what you guys create. Happy Halloween!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney's The Haunted Mansion

By Dan-O Florez

Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion! I am your host, your ghost host. Kindly step all the way in please and make room for everyone. There's no turning back now.

Our tour begins here in this gallery where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state.

"Me as Alexander Nitrokoff, Haunted Mansion Stretch Room ghosts, the apartment, Studio City, LA, CA, USA" (source for photo can be found at flickr)

U.K. blogger Cory Doctorow (pictured above) wearing the custom painted Haunted Mansion TOMS I painted for him as part of his Halloween costume. 

 Left foot featuring Disney World's version of the Mansion

 Right foot featuring the viking lady singing and her ghostly companion

A nice shot of both shoes. Thanks for sharing photos of your shoes with your many followers.

Many clients request the wallpaper from the mansion to be incorporated into the shoe design.
On Vans shoes


Marc Davis Original concept artwork is always a great inspiration for me when painting Disney themed shoes.

All our ghosts have been dying to meet you! This one can hardly contain himself!
The infamous Hatbox Ghost!

Featured on TOMS shoes

Also on Vans slip Ons

Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact. She has a remarkable head for materializing the disembodied.

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake,
Spooks come out for a swinging wake!
Happy haunts materialize, and begin to vocalize. 
Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!

Now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide,

For a silly spook may sit by your side.

Shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize.

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize! 
As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree, 
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree.
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes start to shriek and harmonize.
Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!
When you hear the knell of a requiem bell, 

weird glows gleam where spirits dwell.

Restless bones etherealize, rise as spooks of every size!

Ah, there you are, and just in time! There's a little matter I forgot to mention. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts! They have selected you to fill our quota, and they'll haunt you until you return! Now I will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home!

Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now! We've been dying to have you!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

To end our busy summer we took some time off and spent it in New York.  This trip was a first for our Family travelling to the east coast. We had such a great time seeing all the sights and hanging out, we can't wait to go back.

Part 5: Nintendo World North America- COMING SOON

Part 6: ToysRus, Disney Store, & FAO Schwartz - COMING SOON

Part 7: Bird Sanctuary and picking fresh berries in the Hamptons - COMING SOON

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vintage Disneyland Postcards Part 1.

While recently visiting Long Island New York, I was fortunate enough to stumble onto a bunch of Vintage Disneyland Postcards. Unfortunately There is no exact year marked anywhere on the postcards, so I only have the $0.25 price tag and some of the attractions to give an estimate of what time period these are from...

The biggest difference between back then and now is the way people dressed.

Perhaps one day Cascade Mountain will make a return to Disneyland....

I do wish the old style Jungle Cruise boats would make a return too. 

The rockwork on the Jungle Cruise has definitely been updated over the years. 
I think this view of Tomorrowland is a pretty good indicator of the time period that these shots were from. 
Notice the land that the Matterhorn belonged to....
Matterhorn Bobsleds opened in 1959 so these post cards must be from after that.
The original single car bobsleds were replaced by newer 2-car models in 1978, so definitely before then. 
In it's earlier years, guide maps showed Matterhorn Bobsleds under Tomorrowland. By '72, the mountain had been officially moved into Fantasyland where it remains to this day.

The Autopia photo above is the only one of this set to show cartoon versions of the Disney characters drawn over the photograph.

This set shows a layout of Fantasyland that dissapeared around 1983. Many things have since moved.  The carousel looks just about the same as it does now, but it's place is now in the center of fantasyland where The Mad Tea Party is shown above. 
The Fantasyland Skyway is definitely one of the old rides that I'd like to see return to Disneyland in some shape or form.

This is the old souvenir paper bag that the postcards were found in. The detail in the print is awesome. 

Stay tuned for more updates on all the Vintage Disneyland postcards that I found. In between finishing much delayed shoes, I'll be posting scans of all the postcards here and posting videos of them over at heep:// subscribe and follow along.

All postcards are images take for and by the Walt Disney Company. I have no affiliation or claim to ownership of any images oh this posting other than the scan of the souvenir bag.