Disney has shared a first look at the Disney animation-inspired mural that will be coming soon to The Villas at Disneyland Hotel.
We are less than a month away from the opening of the newest Disney Vacation Club property, The Villas at Disneyland Hotel. Located at Disneyland Resort, the new property will be open for guests beginning on September 28th, a 12-story tower themed to “decades of Walt Disney Animation Studios history and storytelling.” And now, Disney has shared a first look at a new mural that will be available when The Villas at Disneyland Hotel open next month.
New Mural at The Villas at Disneyland Hotel
Disney has shared a look at the new mural for the hotel, created exclusively for the tower by Lorelay Bové, associate production designer on Disney Animation’s Encanto. Bové is an artist from Spain, and a veteran of the Disney Animation visual development team. Her resume has included contributing artwork and design to films such as Big Hero 6, The Princess and the Fog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, and Wreck-It Ralph.
Additionally, Bové has provided illustrations for several Little Golden Books, including The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story: Ride ’em Cowboy!, and Wreck-It Ralph. Her mural for the hotel includes tributes to classic Disney animation, including Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland. Frozen, Raya and the Last Dragon, Encanto, and more. She teased that the mural also holds several hidden Mickeys for guests to look out for!
When speaking about creating the mural, Bové shared her process. “First, I got a list of the movies that we wanted to showcase. Then, the first part of the process is thumbnailing. I started sketching vignettes and began to see how I could compose it to make them fit nicely — adding “The Lion King” here and Mirabel from “Encanto” there. Of course, I was already thinking that characters like Baymax from “Big Hero 6” or Sisu from “Raya and the Last Dragon” could be flying. There are also iconic things from each movie in the mural. For example, in “Fantasia,” you have Sorcerer Mickey up on that mountain, and that makes sense to be higher in the frame.”
You can see the new mural in person when The Villas at Disneyland Hotel opens on September 28th, 2023.