Saturday, April 14, 2007

Nightmare Ride

Disney and More, one of the fifty-four million Disney fan blogs, have today scooped the other fifty-three million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine in fine style.

From somewhere, they've managed to acquire some sketches by Disney Imagineer Christopher Merrit of a Nightmare Before Christmas ride that looks suitably terrifying. There's a couple of samples below.

I went on a Peter Pan ride out in Disney Anaheim (Land? World?) and it scared me almost to death. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride actually killed me. Just for a second, but I swear: my heart stopped.

I kept my eyes closed throught much of the Nightmare-themed Haunted Mansion, but I did see the spindly, lip-synching anamatronic Jack Skellington and it was beautiful.

The Nightmare ride in these sketches was never going to be, the images come from Merritt's student portfolio. But he is now an Imagineer, toiling under Supreme Animation World Leader John Lassetter and doing good work that is going to get seen.

Not by, me, mind. My heart can't take it.


John said...

The images in question came from Christopher Merrit's site.


Piper said...

I have long been a fan of Disney, yet the animatronics delight/terrify me. I'm curious but horrified at the same time. It's a scary future.

I have not been to Disneyland in a long long while (Anaheim). Is there a Jack Skellington in the Haunted Mansion?

Brendon said...

The Haunted Mansion gets rethemed every Halloween-Christmas, I believe, in a Nightmare style.

Elisabeth said...

Yep, every year they revamp it for the holiday season. It's not a big overhaul, but it's a really charming one. The new soundtrack is really catchy and creepy (You can find bootlegs of it on Ebay sometimes.) Jack Skellington appears only once fully animated in the place of the gravedigger. Zero, of course, replaces the gravedigger's dog.

It's REALLY fun and if you're in California or Florida around Christmas, it's worth a visit.

Before Hot Topic picked it up and ran, that's where all the cool Nightmare shirts, statues, pins, etc. were coming from.