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  • Quick question?

    Was the Grand Canyon and Primeval world Diarama originally going to be for the Ford's Magic Skyway attraction?

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    Yes.





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      No to the first part re Grand Canyon.

      Kinda yes to the second part. Primeval World was not "going" to be part of Ford's Magic Skyway attraction at the 1964 New York World's Fair...it was part of the fair and designed specifically for Magic Skyway, and then that part alone came to Disneyland after the fair.

      Grand Canyon Diorama existed as part of the Disneyland Railroad long before the World's Fair was even being planned. Primeval World was added to the railroad later, after the fair.

      When Ford declined to sponsor the whole Magic Skyway attraction at Disneyland at the conclusion of the fair...Disney decided to use just the dinosaurs from it as a bit of plussing of the railroad and its existing Grand Canyon Diorama.

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        Thanks Opus1guy - I was just coming back to clarify my over-simplified and not entirely accurate answer. Yours was much better.





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          Thanks for the clear up. Didn't they film a show inside the Primeval world diarama too?

          Didn't Claude Coats paint the back round of the Grand Canyon diarama?

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            Claude Coates, long known for his Background paintings for Disney Animated Features, and his blacklight painting in Fantasyland attractions and Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, did paint the large mural backdrop for the diorama. He also worked on the prehistoric setting in the Ford Magic Skyway exhibit.





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              Awesome. He's my 2nd favorite Imagineer.

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                Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                Didn't they film a show inside the Primeval world diarama too?
                I'm not 100% sure what you're asking there. But there was a Wonderful World of Color show called "Disneyland Goes To The Fair" or something like that where they showed the building of the same Magic Skyway dinosaurs that would later appear as Disneyland's Primeval World.

                Here's a fan tribute to Magic Skyway at the fair. Maybe it'll give you a better feel for how the dinosaurs first appeared and fit into that attraction before later coming to Disneyland:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgna1hj3jvA

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                  Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
                  I'm not 100% sure what you're asking there. But there was a Wonderful World of Color show called "Disneyland Goes To The Fair" or something like that where they showed the building of the same Magic Skyway dinosaurs that would later appear as Disneyland's Primeval World.

                  Here's a fan tribute to Magic Skyway at the fair. Maybe it'll give you a better feel for how the dinosaurs first appeared and fit into that attraction before later coming to Disneyland:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgna1hj3jvA


                  Thats what i'm talking about.

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                    Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                    Awesome. He's my 2nd favorite Imagineer.
                    Ok, I'll bite. Who's your favorite?
                    Fight On!:sc: Beat the Red Wolves!

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by steamboatpete View Post
                      Ok, I'll bite. Who's your favorite?
                      Tony Baxter.

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                        Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                        Didn't Claude Coats paint the back round of the Grand Canyon diarama?
                        Originally posted by Sambo
                        Claude Coates, long known for his Background paintings for Disney Animated Features, and his blacklight painting in Fantasyland attractions and Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, did paint the large mural backdrop for the diorama. He also worked on the prehistoric setting in the Ford Magic Skyway exhibit.
                        Perhaps the Primeval World background (though Wikipedia suggests he did that one too)...but not the Grand Canyon one, which was the question. That was painted by famed artist Delmer Yoakum, who in addition to being an acclaimed artist in his own right, did much work for movie studios and other Disney attraction background mural paintings.


                        Delmer on the left, with another unknown artist/assistant, working on the Grand Canyon Diorama mural

                        Claude Coats did work on the Grand Canyon attraction, but mainly in the area of concept, layout, and staging of the entire attraction as one of its Show Designers. Claude often hired Delmer to bring his concepts and concept art to life, "bigger than life."

                        It's often a shame that the general public sometimes has no idea or is unappreciative of the high caliber of art (and artists) they are experiencing while in Disneyland.
                        Last edited by Opus1guy; 03-05-2007, 08:56 PM.

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