Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bill Justice character mural from Exposition Hall lives on (sort of)

Did you ever visit Exposition Hall on Main Street to see that giant mural of seemingly every major Disney (movie) character? It disappeared with the refurb of the area into meet-and-greets for Mickey Mouse (and for a time, princesses).

Here is a composite shot of the mural, stitched together (imperfectly) from individual shots since I didn't have a way to make panoramas in 2005 (click for larger version):

And here are the individual shots. Click any for a larger version.

Lest you think this mural is gone and forgotten, you only need to look around in the Meet Mickey queue. You'll come across this postal room just before seeing Mickey:

And one of those postal slots is for B. Justice - short for Bill Justice, the longtime Disney artist who MADE that mural that lived only steps from this spot.

And inside Bill's slot, rolled up? It's the same mural, only now in smaller paper format! It's a unique tribute and one of my favorites.

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.